Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad!

Spring and summer, the time for simple, lovely, easy to put together meals. We love this Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad for it’s simplicity, flavor and beauty. See what we mean…
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The Chicken:

Brining is the secret to success when it comes to boneless, skinless chicken breasts (don’t worry it’s easy!). These breasts were brined in sea salt salt and water for 30 minutes, then grilled to juicy perfection. No dry, tasteless chicken breasts here!

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The Salad:

Peppery arugula with sweet, ripe, colorful strawberries, sprinkled with roasted pine nuts. So simple. So lovely.

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The Dressing:

We give you two choices: we prefer an olive oil and white balsamic vinaigrette on this salad. It’s smooth, fresh and light, perfect for spring and summer. But you can also use a traditional balsamic.

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The Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad!

What you need: Himalayan or kosher sea salt for brining and a quality white balsamic vinegar (<—our fave but we also like this one) If you prefer you can use a traditional balsamic. You will also need parchment paper and a rolling pin for pounding chicken.

5 from 6 votes
Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

A fresh, light, beautiful spring/summer salad with a choice of white balsamic vinaigrette or traditional balsamic vinaigrette. Paleo and Whole 30!

Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, BBQ, grilling
Keyword: #bbq, #easy dinner, Paleo, whole30
Servings: 4
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
For Chicken:
  • 4 smallish boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded and brined
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/3 cup sea salt, I use Himalayan sea salt, but you can use Kosher too
  • sea salt, pepper, olive oil
For Salad:
  • 4 cups organic baby arugula
  • 2 cups sliced organic strawberries
  • 1/4 cup roasted pine nuts
For White Balsamic dressing:
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • pinch sea salt and black pepper
If using traditional balsamic
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • pinch sea salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place water and salt in a large bowl and stir

  2. Place chicken breasts between folded parchment paper and pound with a rolling pin until uniformly thick (about 3/4" thick is best)

  3. Place breasts in salt water for 30 minutes

While breasts brine, prepare salad and dressing, preheat grill:
  1. After breasts have brined for 20 minutes, place lettuce and sliced berries on platter, sprinkle with pine nuts and  whisk together dressing ingredients

  2. Preheat grill on high, about  425 degrees

  3. After breasts have brined for 30 minutes, remove breasts from water, pat dry with paper towels

  4. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste

  5. Place breasts on preheated grill, close lid and cook until nice golden grill marks are established (3-4 minutes), then turn the meat a quarter turn (don’t flip, just rotate the same side a 1/4 turn) and cook until new criss-cross marks appear.  (3-4 minutes)

  6. Turn breasts over, lower heat to med/low (about 350 degrees) close lid and cook for five more minutes until just cooked through. Don't over cook! Remove from grill

  7. Whisk dressing again and dress salad

  8. Leave whole or if desired, cut breasts on the diagonal and serve topped with salad

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Grilled Naan Chicken Salad Wraps with Cherry Salsa!

When it comes to summer and cooking, for us it’s all about not really cooking at all, which is where these Grilled Naan Chicken Salad Wraps with Cherry Salsa come in!
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No “Real” Cooking Required:

Ok we love a big elaborate BBQ for sure. But sometimes we want that fun, outdoor BBQ experience without all the fancy sauces, multiple courses, and clean up. When we want a fast delicious grilled menu in minutes, we opt for these Grilled Naan Chicken Salad Wraps with Cherry Salsa. Just heat naan outside on the grill or inside on a grill pan, add lettuce, rotisserie chicken, cherry salsa and some feta and voila! A tasty, gorgeous meal with very little work.

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The Salsa:

This salsa is not only beautiful, it’s a sweet, tart, spicy, salty combination that compliments the savory chicken and feta perfectly. To make your life easier, use a cherry pitter. It’s a little hand held device that pops that pit right out! But if you don’t have one, no worries, I give instructions for pitting cherries the old fashioned way in the recipe below.

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That’s a Wrap!

Wrap all that goodness up in warm grilled naan and it’s heaven on earth. Your mouth and your belly will be happy. You hands will be too, since there will be like three dishes to wash…unless you use paper plates and then there won’t be one.

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If Peaches are More Your Jam…

Click here for the same recipe, different salsa!

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The Recipe: Grilled Naan Chicken Salad Wraps with Cherry Salsa

Tips and what you need: To make your life easier, use a cherry pitter. If cooking indoors, you will need a grill pan. If you aren’t sure how to handle a hot pepper click here for a tutorial.

Grilled Naan Chicken Salad Wraps with Cherry Salsa!
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A quick and easy meal that is warm, delicious and satisfying! Please see "tips" above in blog post for advice on pitting cherries.

Course: dinner, lunch
Keyword: cherry salsa, chicken wrap, wrap
Servings: 4 wraps
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
Cherry Salsa:
  • 1 cup pitted and quartered cherries (I used red and yellow)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1-2 teaspoons or more or less finely minced jalapeno, basically use as much or as little as works with your level of heat tolerance
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons roasted salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • juice of half a lime
  • sea salt to taste
Wraps:
  • 2 cups warm rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cups fresh lettuce (I used baby greens)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta or soft goat cheese
  • 4 pieces naan bread, grilled
Instructions
  1. Note: To save time I recommend using a cherry pitter. If you choose to do it by hand, no problem! Use a knife to score the cherry around the pit, then twist each half of the cherry in opposite directions, cherry will come apart. Use fingers to pry that pit out!

Cherry Salsa Prep:
  1. Pit and dice cherries, toss with minced jalapenos, onions, lime juice, sea salt, pepitas and 1/2 tablespoon cilantro, reserving the rest for garnish. Set aside

Wraps:
  1. If using an outdoor grill, preheat to 400 degrees with lid closed. If cooking indoors use a grill pan on the cooktop to heat naan right before serving.

  2. Shred warm chicken by hand

  3. Add naan to pan or outdoor grill and cook each side until grill marks are established and bread is hot (1-2 minutes)

  4. Add lettuce to each piece of naan, add shredded chicken, feta and salsa, sprinkle with remaining cilanto

  5. Serve

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Herbed Chicken Breast with Carrot Purée and Brown Butter

When we visit our cabin in Sundance, Utah, we often eat at a little farm to table restaurant nearby. They serve an amazing Herbed Chicken Breast with Carrot Purée and Brown Butter that we just love. When we return home we always crave that meal. So I recreated it, and you my lucky friends get to reap the rewards!
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The Chicken:

Brined for 30 minutes, smothered in herbs and then cooked with the skin on, this chicken breast is anything but dry and tasteless. Browned in a skillet and then oven finished, so you have that fabulous combination of crispy skin and tender meat. This meal is casual enough for everyday and special enough for romantic celebrations.

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THREE KEYS TO MAKING A PERFECTLY TENDER CHICKEN BREAST:

  1. Bone in, skin on! The bone and the skin make for the most flavorful, tender chicken breast.
  2. Brine: Don’t be intimidated! It’s as simple as soaking the chicken in salt water for 30 minutes.
  3. Start on the cooktop, finish in the oven. Tender inside, crispy outside. And there you have it! How easy is that?

The Carrot Purée and Brown Butter:

There is nothing better than taking a forkful of this savory herbed chicken and swirling it around in that bed of sweet carrot purée and browned butter. If you have never tasted brown butter, it has a caramelized nutty flavor that basically makes this meal a little piece of heaven.

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The Recipe: Herbed Chicken Breast with Carrot Purée and Brown Butter

Tips and what you will need: People often overcook chicken, making it dry. Resist that temptation! You will need a food processor or blender, an oven safe pan and a good sea salt: I use fine himalayan sea salt for brining.

5 from 6 votes
Herbed Chicken Breast with Carrot Purée and Brown Butter
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

A tender chicken breast, rubbed with herbs and served with whipped carrots and brown butter!

Course: dinner
Keyword: brown butter, carrot puree, herbed chicken, Paleo, roasted chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts, bone in skin on
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt, or Himalayan sea salt (for brining)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • pepper, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped and chopped (you can use extra sprigs for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 4 cups carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4" thick
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, separated
Instructions
  1. Place 6 cups water into a large bowl, add sea salt and stir. Add chicken breasts. Go do something productive or take a nap while chicken brines for 30 minutes

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place oven rack in upper third of oven

  3. Remove breasts from salt water and pat dry with paper towel. Brush chicken skin with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, sea salt and pepper. Rub gently into skin

  4. Heat oven safe pan on cooktop on med /high heat for two minutes. Add olive oil. When oil is hot add chicken, skin side down to pan, cooking until golden brown, lowering heat if necessary (about five minutes)

  5. Turn chicken skin side up, sprinkle with thyme and transfer pan to oven and cook for 20-30 minutes depending on the size of chicken breast.

  6. While chicken breasts are cooking, make carrots and brown butter:

  7. Place a medium size sauce pan on cooktop on high heat, add broth. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Add carrots and cook until soft and much of the broth has evaporated (about 8 minutes) NOTE: if the carrots are soft but you feel like there is too much broth left in the pan, pour broth into a small bowl and use only if needed to thin our puree

  8. Pour into carrots and what's left of broth into processor or blender, add 2 tablespoons butter, a pinch of sea salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Place back in pan and keep warm while you make brown butter:

  9. Place a very small pan on medium heat, add 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter. Simmer butter, stirring frequently for about five minutes. Be patient. Butter will bubble, then become frothy and finally the center will erupt with a golden color. Immediately turn off heat and stir. Your butter is now browned! 

  10. When chicken breasts are done, plate food: Divide carrots evenly onto four plates, top with chicken, drizzle with brown butter and garnish with parsley and a few remaining sprigs of thyme. Eat up!

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Easy Garlic Lime Chicken Tacos with Lime Crema

Tacos. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love them. And these Easy Garlic Lime Chicken Tacos with Lime Crema are as easy to make as they are to love!
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The Tortillas:

No need to dirty a pan, we simply cook the freshest corn tortillas we can find right on the burner flame! Not only does it warm them up but it gives them those lovely charred edges.

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The Chicken:

Because we here at The Organic Kitchen like to make life easier, we offer this recipe using rotisserie chicken. But if you love to roast your own, you can double the recipe for our spicy lime chicken and use that, either way, you are going to toss that tender chicken in fresh lime juice, garlic and jalapeño for a fabulous taco filling!

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The Add Ons and Lime Crema:

Because this chicken is so flavorful, we keep the toppings fairly simple: avocado, Cotija cheese, and tomatoes. The final flavor flourish is the lime crema! Sour cream, mixed with lime juice and zest…yup, that’s it. So easy but adds a touch of creamy lime to each taco!

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The Recipe: Easy Garlic Lime Chicken Tacos with Lime Crema

What you need: a good pan and as always, a fabulous knife!

Easy Lime Garlic Chicken Tacos with Lime Crema
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Easy tacos made using rotisserie chicken tossed in fresh herbs and spices! If you would rather roast your own chicken, see my link above for spicy lime chicken.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cinco de mayo, easy dinner recipe, easy lunch recipe
Servings: 12 tacos
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
For Lime Crema:
  • 1/2 cup crema or sour cream
  • juice and zest of half a small lime
  • pinch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper
For Tacos:
  • 2 large ripe avocados, peeled and diced or sliced
  • 16 cherry tomatoes, cut in half or quartered
  • 4 limes, two for juice and two for garnish
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper, depending on how hot you like it!
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced finely
  • 6 cups sliced rotisserie chicken, or use my spicy lime chicken linked above
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 6 oz Cotija cheese
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish
Instructions
For crema:
  1. In a small bowl whisk together sour cream or crema, lime juice, zest, sea salt and pepper, set aside

For Tacos:
  1. Prep tomatoes and avocado, set aside. Crumble Cotija cheese.

  2. Juice lemon and two limes, whisk with jalapeno and garlic, set aside

  3. Quarter remaining limes for garnish

  4. Slice chicken

  5. Place a pan on medium heat, add olive oil. When oil is hot add chicken and cook, gently stirring here and there until heated through

  6. While chicken cooks, heat tortillas on other cooktop burners, using tongs to turn

  7. When chicken is heated through, toss with prepared lemon/lime juice and herbs, season with sea salt and pepper

  8. Fill tortillas with chicken, avocado, tomato, cotija cheese, garnish with crema and cilantro and serve!

 

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Easy Chicken Piccata with Baby Arugula

When it comes to romantic meals, this Easy Chicken Piccata with Baby Arugula ranks high on our list! It’s beautiful, light, lemony and best of all, simple to make.
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How To Get It Done Quickly and Easily!

To keep this meal quick and easy, we use chicken tenders dredged in in flour, sautéed in olive oil, lemon and white wine and then toss it all together with pasta and baby greens! The entire meal takes about 20 minutes to make. We love this meal any time, but it’s also perfect for celebrating anniversaries, Valentine’s day and simply double the recipe for small dinner parties!

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Make This Meal Gluten or Completely Grain Free!

To make this meal gluten free we use Jovial Gluten Free Pasta! The grains are not only gluten free but are soaked for easy digestion! BUT if you want to go completely grain free we recommend Cali’flour Foods pasta! I love introducing you to interesting new healthier pasta options and Cali’flour Foods has come up with a winner! This pasta is made with only two ingredients: cauliflower and lentils for a firm, al dente, grain free pasta that tastes great and has fabulous texture. I also love Cali’flour foods pizza crusts. And now they make mini flat breads too!

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The Recipe: Easy Chicken Piccata with Baby Arugula for Two

Tips and what you need: for best results cook pasta to package instructions. You will need a stock pot, and a colander. If you want to try GRAIN FREE CALI”FLOUR FOODS PASTA <—click!

5 from 12 votes
Easy Chicken Piccata with Baby Arugula
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A quick and easy version of a traditional Chicken Piccata with a heathy twist of added baby greens!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: #chicken piccata, grain-free, pasta
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces chicken tenders
  • 6 ounces pasta, we love Jovial gluten free pasta or Califlour Foods Grain Free Pasta (see links above)
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup your favorite flour (regular, gluten free, or almond flour)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 cloves garlic, peeled and minced or grated
  • 1 lemon ( juice one half, slice the other)
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • sprinkling of toasted pine nuts (optional for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Place a medium pot of salted water to boil, cook pasta to package instructions. While waiting for water to boil and pasta to cook prepare chicken

  2. Place your choice of flour in a shallow bowl. Generously sprinkle chicken tenders with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour. Set aside

  3. Place medium sized pan on med/high heat. When pan is hot, coat pan with olive oil. When oil is hot but not smoking add chicken tenders

  4. Sauté for 3 minutes or until golden in color, turn and cook other side for 3 minutes (don't forget to start that pasta!)

  5. Remove chicken from pan, place on a plate and cover (don't worry if chicken is not cooked through, we cook it more in a minute)

  6. Turn heat off. Add wine to pan

  7. Turn heat back on to medium and scrape pan with rubber spatula to loosen any browning and chicken bits as wine simmers

  8. When wine is simmering, add minced garlic

  9. Simmer for about two minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic, then add broth, butter, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 4 lemon slices and capers, stir

  10. Return to simmer and add cutlets to pan. Cook for a minute or two on each side. (do not overcook) Check chicken to be sure it is cooked through and turn off heat.

  11. Place greens in a colander. When pasta is al dente, pour into the colander (do not rinse) drizzle with a little olive oil and toss with a pinch of sea salt

  12. To plate: place pasta and greens on each dish, top with chicken and sauce, garnish with parmesan and pine nuts (if using) and serve

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