I’ve always been bias against the chicken breast, which is crazy since we raise chickens! How often have you ordered a chicken breast in a restaurant, or cooked it at home and it turns out to be a dry, unfinished chunk of food in the corner of the plate? I’ve been so disheartened by the chicken breast that we rarely cook our own, mostly deferring to our Chicken Wings and Chicken Thighs. Nevertheless, we cannot let fear drive the way we behave! So Racey and I ventured forth this weekend to try grilling some Chicken Breast.
We did not follow a recipe, but I’ll roughly re-create it here. However, I think the most important step to a successful Reber Rock Chicken Breast meal is the cooking part. We cannot overcook this cut of meat, lest we end up with the feared dried out hunk of chicken!
Basic recipe: mix together a basic marinade and soak the breast for a few hours prior to cooking
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped thyme leaves
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
- 2 lemons, as needed (or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice)
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
- 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
- Torn basil or mint leaves, as needed
We also used a similar mix to rub on some zucchini, eggplant and onions to be grilled as well.
The key then is how you cook it. This can be done in the oven or on the grill, and probably on the stove top in a skillet. We first sear the breasts, maybe 3-4 minutes per side on high heat. Then move them to a cooler spot on the grill and let them cook until done, a few more minutes depending on the thickness of the breast. Remember, meat continues to cook after you remove it from the heat. So if you cut into the breast and the thickest section looks a tiny bit pink, it is done, let it rest on the platter for 5 minutes and she’s ready to eat!
Tangleroot Farm CSA members, remember to order by tonight at midnight to get your order delivered before the holiday weekend next week!
For those getting home delivery this week, our dry ice company has informed us that we will not get our regular scheduled delivery on Monday, it will be on Wednesday instead. So shipping orders will be shipped on Wednesday for delivery on Thursday and Friday.
For those picking up at the farm this week, orders will be packed on Monday morning, and will be ready for pickup Monday after 12pm. You will receive an email telling you when your order has been packed!