Monday, June 2, 2014

Italian Seasoned Grilled Chicken

Naturally, the BEST chicken you can buy, in my opinion, is raised on pasture.  Nothing is better than the taste of a true pasture-raised chicken ... nothing!  It's not as fatty, or as large as factory-raised chicken, but the taste is far superior.  Every single time ... the taste is better than anything you've ever tried before. It's nice to go visit a local farm and see it for yourself.  On a recent trip to Thames Farm I was able to do just that ... see for myself. As Thames Farm says "Our chickens are raised in mobile units on the pasture where they are protected from predators but have access to green grass, bugs, fresh air and sunshine." This recipe features delicious pastured chicken from Thames Farm ... and yes, it is that good!

1 whole chicken, cut into pieces (I also split each breast in half for 10 total pieces)
Course-ground black pepper
Thyme leaves
Garlic powder

Fresh pasta (I used some from Rio Bertolini's Fresh Pasta Co.)
Olive oil
Course-ground black pepper
Fresh diced tomatoes

Green Beans
1-2 handfuls of fresh green beans (ends trimmed)
Olive oil (to coat beans)
Course-ground black pepper

Liberally sprinkle chicken pieces with listed spices. 

Grill on direct medium low heat, turning every 5 minutes until cooked through, approx. 30 minutes (watch for flare ups).  

Remove from grill. cover with foil and let stand 10 minutes before serving.  

During the last 5 minutes of grilling, place green beans tossed with oil and sprinkled with garlic and pepper in a grill fry pan and grill until just done. Remove from heat, cover and let rest until chicken is ready to serve.

Meanwhile cook some fresh pasta in boiling water until al dente; drain and add 1 small tomato diced, drizzle on some extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with garlic, oregano and pepper.  Stir to combine, return to burner (you have turned off), cover and let sit until chicken is ready to serve.

Make all 3 for the perfect summertime dinner!  It's delicious!

Serves: 4