Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mediterranean Chicken



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 In case you don't remember me telling you this like a million times already - I love to use the grill. I try to find any excuse on a sunny day to be outside soaking up the sun. I feel kinda bad cause the house we are renting right now has a smallish yard and no grass. I mean none. So not only does this make for major catastrophe when it rains and the dogs drag their muddy paws everywhere, but my kids miss out on running and playing in a green, plush environment. So, number 3 on our home hunting list (after 4 bedrooms and a rock star sized kitchen) is a huge backyard to have as a space for my family to hang out.  I can't wait. So, you could easily cook this meal inside in your oven set to 500 but I was busy needing to use the grill so I could escape to my dream yard.

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 cup sliced yellow onions 
  • 1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or white grape juice 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme 
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese 
Preheat grill or oven to 500F.  Prepare 4 pieces of heavy duty foil (about a foot each). Place equal amounts of spinach in the center of each piece of foil. Coat each side of chicken with oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place one chicken breast in each foil pack on top of the spinach.
In a bowl, combine onion, tomato, olives, garlic, wine, basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Spread tomato mixture on top of each of the chicken pieces. Top with 1/4 cup of cheese. Fold the foil up and over the chicken and create a packet, making sure to have a tight seal. Bake in oven for about 15 mins, or until foil pack becomes puffy.


Our Ratings:


Mama F: 9 - I was surprised at how moist the chicken stayed. All the different flavors together were like a yummy explosion in my mouth!





Daddy F: 9 - The mix of flavors was really good. You could taste the different components of the dish at different times and it kept your tongue guessing.





Fuller Kids: 2 - Not big fans of the "weird" ingredients that were used. (The olives and tomatoes mostly) Guess this will have to remain a grown up dish at least until they get a bit older!





Lucky the Dog: 10 - Was more than satisfied with her chunk of chicken (toppings removed after grilling) and was even more satisfied that the human puppies disliked it and gave her theirs as well.

1 comment:

  1. This looks GREAT and easy to make! I'll be trying these for sure. Thanks for sharing :)

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