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Greek Grilled Chicken Recipe

Greek Grilled Chicken
This recipe for Greek grilled chicken is an easy meal to prepare for summer. The chicken is marinated with ingredients such a lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic and fresh herbs. The chicken is then grilled on an outdoor grill. If you don’t have an outdoor grill, I would recommend using an indoor grill pan instead. A lot of the flavor in this recipe comes from fresh rosemary, thyme and garlic. All that you need to go with this delicious chicken is a good sidedish. Enjoy.

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Greek Grilled Chicken

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl combine salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Mix well.
  2. Place the chicken breasts into a zip lock bag. Pour the marinade over the chicken, seal the bag and shake to coat the chicken with the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and place onto the grill. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side or until fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F.).

 

Adapted from Littlespicejar

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Grilled Chicken for Tacos Recipe

Grilled Chicken for Tacos
Shredded chicken is great but if you are looking for something different for tacos, try grilling the chicken. For this recipe you can either use chicken breasts or chicken thighs. The chicken is marinated in a homemade taco seasoning and lime juice mixture and then grilled and sliced for tacos. Chances are you probably have a lot of ingredients on hand for this recipe already since it uses very common spices. You can top these tacos with your favorite condiments such as cheese, lettuce, tomato, guacamole. Enjoy.

Grilled Chicken for Tacos
Grilled Chicken for Tacos
Grilled Chicken for Tacos

Grilled Chicken for Tacos

Ingredients:

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • juice of half a lime
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl combine the dry spices and stir until well mixed. In a large bowl coat the chicken breasts with lime juice and olive oil. Sprinkle the chicken in the bowl with the taco seasoning on all sides.  Allow the chicken to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat and outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts  and cook for about 4 minutes per-side, or more depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts. Grill until the chicken is fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F.). Remove the chicken from the grill and slice the meat. Use for tacos or burritos. 

 

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Carne Asada Quesadillas Recipe

Carne Asada Quesadillas
Carne Asada quesadillas are loaded with delicious grilled carne asada steak and cheese and to make things even better there is a avocado-lime sauce for dipping. The steak gets a ton of flavor from the marinade. You will want the steak to marinade for at least 6 hours to allow the flavor to develop. Once the steak has finished marinating it is grilled and sliced and then used to make the quesadillas on the stovetop. If you want you could grill the quesadillas as well and not use the stove at all. The avocado-lime sauce is delicious for dipping or you could use it as a spread when preparing the quesadillas. Enjoy.
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Carne Asada Quesadillas

Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup lime juice (or lemon juice)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons peeled fresh garlic  (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon ground white pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 orange (sliced)
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro (chopped)
  • 3  pounds skirt steak

Lime-Avocado sauce-

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro
  • 1/4 onion
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 peeled and pitted avocado
  • 1/2 jalapeno

Other-

  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 3-4 cups shredded queso chihuahua cheese
  • Butter (for spreading)

 

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients  except for the meat and orange slices in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Place meat a large ziplock bag. Pour the marinade over the steak, add orange slices and seal the bag. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Remove the steak from the marinade and place onto the grill. Cook the steak until it has reached medium rare (or more if you prefer). Remove the meat from the grill and cut into thin strips.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients for the lime-avocado sauce in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add more oil if the sauce is too thick. Set aside.
  4. Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Butter one side of a tortilla. Lay the tortilla into the skillet butter-side down and sprinkle some of the cheese over the top of the entire tortilla. Add a layer of the carne asada steak onto one side of the tortilla.
  5. Once the cheese has melted and the tortilla has browned on the bottom, fold the half with just the cheese over the half of the tortilla with the steak and press gently with a spatula. Cut into 3 slices and serve with the avocado-lime sauce on the side. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs Recipe

Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs
These cilantro lime chicken thighs are great to prepare on the grill for summer. This recipe consists of a simple marinade that gives the chicken an amazing flavor. The main ingredients for the marinade are honey, lime juice and cilantro. A little bit of soy sauce really adds a nice flavor to this chicken as well. You will want to allow the chicken to marinade for at least 3 hours to allow the flavor to develop. If you don’t want to use chicken thighs, you can use breasts instead. Enjoy.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs
Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs

Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ½ cup cilantro (finely chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

 

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl combine the lime juice, honey, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper. Put the chicken thighs into a ziplock bag. Pour the marinade over the chicken and seal the bag. Place into the refrigerator and allow the chicken to marinate for at least 3 hours or overnight. 
  2. Lightly grease the grates of an outdoor grill. Heat the grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place onto the grill. Grill the chicken thighs on each side for about 4 to 5 minutes or until fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F).

 

Adapted from The Recipe Critic

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