We have been capturing the simple joys in preparing our meals these last couple of weeks and having a good time with this new routine. Since my final move to the peninsula and starting a new job (whew!) my other desire was to get back to cooking. Creative, healthy and delicious food.
We start our meals by stopping at the organic market and purchasing produce for the week. Keeping in line with freshness standards, we eat the most perishable items first and savor the better keeping items as the week progresses. Romaine lettuce is my favorite to purchase, not only for the length that it stays fresh in the fridge but also for the hearty crunch it offers.
From there we find complimentary main dish food to round out a pleasant meal for the close of day. Today we are having a very simple grilled chicken, with a funny name. Pickle Chicken. Our daughter was telling us about the famous chicken sandwiches at Dollywood. And while none of us has ever been, apparently they sell thousands of these chicken sandwiches daily.
I think you could use any pickle brine, at this time we had just finished a jar of pickled Green Beans. Don't be concerned about over doing it withe the brine, we let ours marinade all day and it was just right, tender and juicy but not over-salted.
Seriously those kinds of numbers can't be wrong, so let's get the grill warmed up and start grilling. You won't be sorry!
adapted from: a story about the food from Dollywood!
Leftover pickle brine, enough to coat the chicken generously
Combine brine and chicken, making sure the chicken is coated all over.
Let marinade overnight or all day, if you start the marinade process early in the morning and grill for the evening meal.
Have your husband grill until golden ( Shhhh, but listen, I have found having your husband grill the meat for dinner is what really makes for a quick week night meal).
I love an easy meal like this, (and now you know the secret to easy week night meals!).
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