Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cooking Castle Style - Honey Chipotle Chicken & Grilled Asparagus

We had another edition of cooking lessons with Kate and Kasie on Monday. We did a grilling lesson this time, which was nice for a week night. I went a little overboard at Sam's Club a couple weeks ago and bought a 5 pound jar of honey, so I figured this chicken would be a good way to make a dent in it. I may have to make some granola sometime soon to use even more of it. To go along with our chicken, we grilled asparagus and made Chipotle Rice. We didn't think each of us could eat a giant chicken breast from VonHansen's, but it was so good we all managed to polish one off.

Honey Chipotle Chicken

Honey Chipotle Chicken

Ingredients

¼ cup honey
1 tbsp. pureed canned chipotles in adobo sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. ancho chili powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. canola oil
½ tsp. ground coriander
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. Spanish paprika
2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butterflied into halves
Sesame seeds, chopped fresh cilantro and minced chives, for garnish (optional)

Directions

Heat the grill or a grill pan to high. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, chipotle puree, mustard, 1½ teaspoons ancho chile powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1½ teaspoons oil. Set aside.

Stir together the remaining ancho powder with the coriander, cumin and paprika in another medium bowl. Add the chicken breasts the remaining oil, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

Place the chicken on the heated grill and cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip the chicken and brush the cooked side of the chicken pieces with the honey-chipotle glaze. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes; flip the chicken again and brush the second side with the glaze. Cook for 1 minute, flip again and cook for 1 minute more. Remove from the grill and brush with more sauce as desired.

Garnish with sesame seeds, cilantro and chives as desired; serve.

Source: Annie's Eats

Grilled Asparagus

Ingredients

2 lbs. fresh asparagus, trimmed
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
lemon juice

Directions

Trim ends of asparagus. Mix olive oil, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper with asparagus. Heat grill to medium. Once the grill is heated add the marinated asparagus to the grill. Rotate the asparagus frequently. The total cooking time should be about 10 minutes. Before serving add the lemon juice to the cooked asparagus.

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