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 2 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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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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Chimichurri Steak, Potato and Salad Board

One word: Chimichurri. If you don’t make it on the reg, you should. It’s a healthy, delicious way to add flavor to almost anything. In this case, filet mignon. This, my friends is The Organic Kitchen’s Chimichurri Steak, Potato and Salad Dinner Board! 
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The Steak and Chimichurri:

Tender, juicy filet mignon, seared on the cooktop and finished in the oven, drizzled in fresh lime chimichurri… simply dreamy. Chimichurri originated in Argentina and is usually a simple combination of onions, garlic, olive oil, green herbs, and lemon or lime juice. Totally worth the five minutes it takes to whisk together!

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The Potatoes:

Crispy roasted potatoes are our favorite. We use ‘new gold’ potatoes for this board but you could also use fingerling or even sweet potatoes. We drizzle them in olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly turned black pepper and then pop them in the oven. While they roast, we prep the salad and cook the steaks. The whole meal takes about 50 minutes, from start to gloriously delicious finish!

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The Salad:

Keeping it simple here: greens, apples, pecans, and your choice of feta or avocado and a light, lemon vinaigrette! What an exquisite meal!

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This Meal is Adaptable!

I show this as a meal for two served on one platter, but of course you could make this incredible meal for two, four, or six and simply serve on plates!

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The Recipe: Chimichurri Steak, Potato and Salad Dinner Board

What you need: a grilling pan, a rimmed cookie sheet and parchment paper. As always you need a good quality knife. I love my Wusthof Ikon 8″ Chef’s knife!

5 from 15 votes
Chimichurri Steak, Potato and Salad Dinner Board
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

A complete meal of steak, potatoes and salad! Serve on a board for two, or double/triple the recipe to feed a crowd.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: date night, easy dessert recipe, Paleo recipes, potatoes, steak, whole30 recipes
Servings: 2
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 10 'new' gold potatoes (or any small variety), quartered
  • about 1/3 cup olive oil, divided
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled and minced or grated with microplane
  • 1 small shallot, peeled and diced
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey (optional, whole30 please omit)
  • 2 6 oz filet mignon
  • 2 cups baby greens
  • 1/4 cups pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons feta (or avocado if living dairy free)
  • 10 slices apples
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place one oven rack in upper third of oven and another rack in lower third of oven. Place a sheet of parchment on rimmed cookie sheet

  2. While oven heats: quarter potatoes, place on parchment covered cookie sheet

  3. Lightly drizzle potatoes in olive oil (about 1 tablespoon) and toss. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste, toss again

  4. Place cookie sheet on upper rack in oven and roast for 35-40 minutes or until potatoes are crispy and browned

While potatoes cook, do everything else:
  1. In a small bowl whisk together: 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, parsley, cilantro, shallot, pinch of sea salt and pepper, zest and juice of one small lime. Set aside

  2. In another small bowl whisk together salad dressing: 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, honey (optional), a pinch of sea salt and a few turns pepper. Set aside

  3. Place greens, feta 9or avocado), nuts and apple slices on platter (or in bowl)

  4. Season both sides of steaks lightly with sea salt and pepper

  5. Heat an oven safe grill pan for three minutes on cooktop on high heat

  6. Add olive oil to pan, heat for 30 seconds. Add steaks to pan, turn heat down to medium and sear for five minutes

  7. Turn steaks and place in oven on lower rack, cook 4-5 minutes for rare, 5-6 minutes for medium rare, 8 for medium (note: every oven cooks differently. Your timing may vary) 

  8. Remove steaks from oven and allow to 'rest' for five minutes

  9. Toss salad in dressing, place on platter. Remove potatoes from oven and place on platter. Slice steaks, place on platter and drizzle with chimichurri, serve!

 

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Roasted Citrus Herb Game Hens with Vegetables

When it comes to incredible, healthy comfort food you can’t beat Roasted Citrus Herb Game Hens with Vegetables. Easy to prepare, stunning to look at, and oh so aromatic and flavorful. Truly a delight for the senses!
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The Hens:

We love roasted chicken, but now that it’s just the two of us we opt for organic game hens, rubbed in herbed butter and roasted to perfection! And just the right portion size. Of course if you are cooking for more than two, use a roasting pan and you can double or even triple the recipe.

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The Veggies:

Sweet shallots, brightly colored rainbow carrots, and potatoes round out this beautiful meal.

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Roasting:

I definitely like to keep meals easy. And while this meal requires a little prep, after that you just   pop it in the and let the hens and vegetables roast together in one pan for easy clean up. It cooks while you go do other things, like check your Instagram.

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The Recipe: Roasted Citrus Herb Game Hens with Vegetables

Tips and what you need: make sure to allow time for hens to completely thaw and then remove from the oven an hour before cooking to allow to come to room temp before cooking. You will need a cast iron or oven safe pan.

5 from 2 votes
Roasted Citrus Herb Game Hens with Vegetables

A delicious one pan meal for two! Paleo and Whole 30.

Course: dinner, Main Course
Keyword: gluten free, Paleo, roast chicken, whole30
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 2 1 pound game hens (room temp)
  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and quartered
  • 6 carrots, peeled and sliced into 2" pieces (I used rainbow carrots)
  • 2 medium size rose potatoes, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temp (can be subbed with ghee)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste, be generous
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, leaves stripped and chopped
  • 3 sprigs rosemary. 1 sprig leaves chopped, 2 left whole
  • 3 cloves garlic (one minced, the other two left whole)
  • zest of half a lemon, cut other half into wedges
Instructions
Prep Chicken:
  1. Be sure hens are completely thawed and remove them from fridge an hour before cooking so they can come to room temp. Rinse under warm water inside and out, pat dry with paper towels set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place rack in center position

  3. Prep veggies and place in cast iron skillet or oven safe pan, drizzle with olive oil, generously sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, toss

Prep Herbs and Butter:
  1. Strip leaves from thyme sprig and chop, strip leaves from one sprig rosemary and chop (about 1 teaspoon), mince 1 clove garlic. Zest half the lemon and cut the second half into two wedges.

  2. Use a fork to mash soft butter, minced garlic, lemon zest, thyme, chopped rosemary and generous pinches of sea salt and black pepper together. Melt butter mixture, set aside

  3. Make two small wells in pan by pushing the veggies to the side and set hens in each well. Use hands or pastry brush to rub/brush herb butter mixture onto chicken 

  4. Place in the oven and cook for 1 hour, rotating pan a half turn 30 minutes into cooking (note: ovens are notoriously inconsistent and cooking time can vary depending on size of bird and altitude. Juices should run clear and internal temperature should be 165 degrees. You can use a meat thermometer if you want to take the guess work out of it)

  5. If chicken isn't quite browned enough, turn on broiler for a few minutes to brown. When hens are done, remove from pan, tent with foil and allow to "rest" for 10 minutes. Turn oven off and put pan with veggies back into the oven while you wait.

  6. To plate: place veggies and chicken onto plates, drizzle with pan drippings and garnish with parsley if desired. Serve and enjoy!

 

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Sweet, savory, and salty these Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are the appetizer dreams are made of!
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How To:

Making these little flavor bombs is actually very easy. We start with Medjool dates, make a little slice to remove the pit and then spoon a little goat cheese where the pit used to be. Then wrap with bacon and pop in the oven until crispy!

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Flavor Options!

Want to spice things up? Add a little jalapeño to that goat cheese. If you want to sweeten the deal roll in maple syrup before baking. No matter which you choose the result will be nothing short of mouth watering!

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Add Them To A Platter!

Served alone these are exquisite but I also love to add them to my Ultimate Mediterranean Appetizer Platter!

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The Recipe: Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

What you need: a rimmed baking sheet (like this) unbleached parchment paper (like this)

5 from 1 vote
Recipe for Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are a huge hit at every party and much easier to make than you'd think. 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword: easy appetizer recipe, party recipe
Servings: 20 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • Toothpicks
  • 20 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 4 oz soft goat cheese
  • 10 strips of thin sliced bacon, cut in half
Optional:
  • jalepeno
  • maple syrup or brown sugar
  • sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place parchment paper on cookie sheet.

  2. Slice dates almost end to end. Pull out pit. Use a small spoon to put a little goat cheese into date. Wrap with half a slice of bacon and run a toothpick through (side to side) to hold bacon on place. Place on parchment covered cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove toothpicks, serve.

Variations:
  1. Before baking roll in brown sugar or sprinkle with sea salt. If you want a spicy bacon wrapped date, mince jalepeno and add a teaspoon or two to the goat cheese before filling dates.

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