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Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash is stuffed full with as much goodness as we could possibly cram into one recipe. This healthy but flavorful Fall dish is filled with savory sausage, good for you vegetables, and plenty of herbs and spices to tantalize your tastebuds. It’s low […]

Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Fall is officially here and I’m ready for all the Fall things like apple picking!!! I’ve been wanting to go for a few years now but either our schedules or the weather hasn’t allowed for it. Growing up I always looked forward to our school […]

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

Spatchcocked Chicken is not only fun to say it’s fun to make! But just what exactly does that mean? Spatchcocking, also known as the butterfly method, is simply the act of splitting a chicken or any game bird so that it lays flat on the grill. Once you master this relatively easy but super impressive cutting technique you won’t want to cook your chicken any other way! Flat cooking in this manner allows the chicken to cook more evenly resulting in juicy and delicious legs, breasts AND thighs. You also get crispy skin and a chicken that’s full of flavor all in less time than traditional roasting methods. Who’s ready to learn a new skill?

Here’s all you’ll need: white wine, apricot preserves, stone-ground mustard, boiler/fryer chicken, salt and pepper.

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken ingredients list #spatchcockedchicken #grilledchicken #grillrecipes #grilledspatchcockedchicken #howtospatchcockachicken How to spatchcock a chicken in four easy steps. 

Step 1.) Remove any neck parts and gizzards that may be inside the chicken. Save for a later use or discard. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry.

Step 2.) Remove the backbone. Using sharp kitchen shears, cut along one side of the backbone from neck to tail. Rotate the chicken and cut along the other side of the backbone this time from tail to neck. It’s easiest to keep the side that you’re cutting closest to your dominate hand. Discard the backbone or save for a later use.

Step 3.) Flip the chicken over so the inside is facing up. Using a large kitchen knife, notch each side of the breastbone. This will also make it easier to remove during carving.

The backbone is removed from a chicken with kitchen shears. #spatchcockedchicken #spatchcock #chickenrecipes #howtospatchcockachicken #chickenrecipes #wholechickenrecipes

Step 4.) Turn the chicken back over so that the breast side is facing up. Using the ball of your hand, firmly press down on the breast bone to flatten the chicken. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. And that’s it! You’ve spatchcocked a chicken. Of course you can also buy a chicken that’s already spatchcocked or have a butcher do this for you but we like to get hands on and DIY.Spatchcocked chicken laying flat on a cutting board. #spatchcockchicken #howtospatchcockachicken #grilledwholechicken #butterfliedchicken #chickendinnerrecipes

Ok so now that the heavy liftings done, we’re going to go easy on ya with a super simple glaze. Of course you can use your own rub, glaze, or sauce, but honestly this one is at the top of my list and it only takes 5 minutes to make! Add the white wine of your choice to a small sauce pan. We opted for a basic white cooking wine for this recipe but a nice Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc would be perfect! Heat on medium until the wine begins to boil. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the wine is reduced by half. Stir in the apricot preserves and mustard. Set aside half for basting and the other half for dipping once the cooked chicken is ready to serve.

White wine, apricot preserves, and ground mustard mixed together in a small saucepan. #spatchcockedchicken #glazedchicken #chickenonthegrill #wholechickenrecipes #chickendinnerrecipes #healthydinnerrecipes #familydinnerrecipes

Now it’s time to prepare the grill. First lightly oil the grill grates with a cooking oil or spray to prevent sticking. Place the chicken on the grill grates skin side down over medium indirect heat. Grill covered for 10-15 minutes. Our grill cooks pretty HOT so we yanked it at 10.

Indirect heat simply means there is no heat source under the food. So your outside burners should be lit but the middle ones will be turned off. The effect is similar to roasting or baking in the oven. On a charcoal grill you would either place your coals on one side or into two equal piles on opposite sides on the grill leaving empty space in the middle.
Spatchcocked chicken placed skin side down on a gas grill #spatchcockedchicken #grilledchicken #grilledwholechicken #glazedchicken #grillingrecipes #dinnerrecipes

Turn the chicken over (so the skin side is up). Continue to grill over indirect medium heat until a meat thermometer reads 170°-175° in the thickest part of the thigh, about 30 minutes depending on the size of the bird. Brush the chicken occasionally with the glaze while its cooking.

Chicken placed skin side up on a grill over indirect medium heat. #griiledchicken #lowcarbdinner #healthydinnerrecipes #howtogrillachicken #wholechickenrecipes #spatchcockedchicken

Remove the chicken from the grill. Rest for 15 minutes before carving. During cooking all the wonderful juices in the meat rise to surface. Resting allows travel back inside the bird keeping everything juicy and moist. Transfer to a serving platter and serve with the reserved glaze. Now doesn’t that look amazing???

Pair with our Grilled Stuffed Zucchini and Peach Mango Caprese Salad for a fabulous meal!Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken by Happylifeblogspot.com #grilledspatchcockedchicken #spatchcock #spatchcocked #howtospatchcockachicken spatchcockedchicken #grilledchicken #howtogrillawholechicken #grillrecipes #dinnerrecipes #chickenrecipes #chickenonthegrill

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

September 24, 2020
: 6
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Directions
  • Step 1 Remove any neck parts and gizzards that may be inside the chicken. Save for a later use or discard. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry.
  • Step 2 Remove the backbone. Using sharp kitchen shears, cut along one side of the backbone from neck to tail. Rotate the chicken and cut along the other side of the backbone this time from tail to neck. Flip the chicken over so the inside is facing up. Using a large kitchen knife, notch each side of the breastbone.
  • Step 3 Turn the chicken back over so that the breast side is facing up. Using the ball of your hand, firmly press down on the breast bone to flatten the chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Step 4 FOR THE GLAZE: Add white wine of your choice to a small sauce pan. Heat on medium until the wine begins to boil. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the wine is reduced by half. Stir in the apricot preserves and mustard. Set aside half for basting.
  • Step 5 Oil the grill grates with a cooking oil or spray to prevent sticking. Place the chicken on the grill grates skin side down over medium indirect heat. Grill covered for 10-15 minutes.
  • Step 6 Turn the chicken over (so the skin side is up). Continue to grill over indirect medium heat until a meat thermometer reads 170°-175° in the thickest part of the thigh, about 30 minutes depending on the size of the bird. Brush the chicken occasionally with the glaze while its cooking.
  • Step 7 Remove the chicken from the grill. Rest for 15 minutes before carving. Transfer to a serving platter and serve with the reserved glaze. Enjoy!

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Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini makes an excellent side dish. Pair this healthy vegetable with thick and juicy pork chops, tender grilled chicken or just about anything else you can toss over an open flame. It’s hearty enough to forgo the meats all together and can even […]

Citrus Steak Salad

Citrus Steak Salad

Summer nights are made for quick and easy dinner recipes. Citrus Steak Salad is the most perfect all in one dinner salad to get the job done. Crunchy greens, tender steak, juicy strawberries, mandarin oranges and a citrusy, made from scratch vinaigrette make for a meal […]

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

If you like sweet potato fries, then you’ll love Grilled Sweet Potatoes! I’ve always been a sweet potato fan whether they’re fried, baked or all dolled up in a holiday casserole, but grilling them puts it on a whole new level for me. Grilling not only highlights their natural sweetness but also leaves behind a charred and smoky flavor that just tastes fantastic. This healthy and delicious recipe is a nice change of pace to your dinner routine and beyond easy to prepare. We’re talking on the table in a matter of minutes! The potatoes get a head start in the microwave and finish on the grill right alongside with your main course. This one’s a keeper for sure! And don’t skip out on the creamy Gorgonzola spread. It pairs wonderfully with this simple grilled veggie.

Here’s all you’ll need: sweet potatoes, Gorgonzola cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and chives.

Grilled Sweet Potatoes ingredients list #grilledsweetpotatoes #grillrecipes #summerentertaining #sidedish #summersides #cookoutrecipes

Wash and scrub the potatoes and then pierce with a fork. Leave the skins on, there’s no need to peel. Using the fork make several deep incisions in the potatoes. This will allow the steam to escape and prevent a mess in the microwave. Place on a microwave safe plate and cook for 6-8 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes). Be sure to turn over the potatoes once about halfway through cooking. Don’t forget that we’ll finish cooking the potatoes on the grill so we don’t need them to be cooked all the way through. We’re just giving them a little help.

Sweet potatoes are pierced with a fork before cooking. #grilledsweetpotatoes #grilledpotatoes #potatorecipes #sidedish #easysummersides

Allow the potatoes to cool until easy to handle. Meanwhile let’s whip up that amazing Gorgonzola spread. This spread reminds me of one of the dipping sauces that they bring out for the veggie course at the Melting Pot. It’s SOOO good and pairs well with most vegetables. In a small bowl, combine the Gorgonzola cheese, mayo, and lemon juice. That’s it! So simple. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Gorgonzola cheese, mayonnaise and lemon juice mixed together in a small bowl. #sweetpotatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #sweetpotatoesonthegrill #potatorecipes #sweetpotatorecipes

Now back to those sweet potatoes. Once the potatoes have cooled, cut them into 1/2 inch thick rounds.

Sweet potatoes sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds on a cutting board. #sweetpoatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #grillrecipes #healthyrecipes #healthydinnerrecipes #cookoutrecipes #summerfood

Brush the sweet potato rounds lightly with olive oil and sprinkle on some salt and pepper. I love that a simple sprinkle of salt and pepper is all that’s needed because obviously I always have both on hand which means I can whip up a batch of Grilled Sweet Potatoes even on short notice. Who doesn’t love that?!? Of course you can absolutely experiment with your favorite flavor combinations to spice things up a bit.Sweet Potato rounds brushed with olive oil then sprinkled with salt and pepper. #sweetpotatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #grilledpotatoes #howtogrillsweetpotatoes #sweetpotatorecipes #dinneronthegrill

Fire up the grill to medium heat. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side, turning once. Lightly brush the potato rounds with olive oil and don’t forget the sprinkle of salt and pepper below turning. We use a grill mat on a regular basis but it’s not necessary for this recipe and potatoes can be grilled directly on the grates. The benefits of a grill mat are easy cleanup and of course none of the veggies will fall or slip through the grill grates. We love trying all the latest gadgets!

Sweet potato rounds cooking on a grill mat over medium heat. #sweetpotatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #sweetpotatorecipes #howtogrillsweetpotatoes #howtogrillpotatoes #potatorecipes #potatoesonthegrill Remove from the grill, sprinkle with chives, and serve with Gorgonzola spread. My garden kicks out so many chives that we sprinkle them on just about EVERYTHING! Well hello my little sweet potato…Come to Momma!! Grilled Sweet Potatoes are a good start for dinner but why not add some Grilled Brussels Sprouts and our Best Grilled Pork Chops too?!? Yum!!!

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes

June 26, 2020
: 8
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Minced chives, for garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 Wash and scrub the potatoes and then pierce with a fork. Place on a microwave safe plate and cook for 6-8 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes). Turn potatoes over once about halfway through cooking. Allow the potatoes to cool until easy to handle.
  • Step 2 In a small bowl, combine the Gorgonzola cheese, mayo, and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Step 3 Once the potatoes have cooled, cut them into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Step 4 Grill, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side, turning once. Lightly brush the potato rounds with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper before turning.
  • Step 5 Remove from the grill, sprinkle with chives, and serve with Gorgonzola spread. Enjoy!

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Skillet Potato Rolls

Skillet Potato Rolls

I absolutely do not have the will power to keep Skillet Potato Rolls in the house. And I’m not ashamed to admit it. I will just keep devouring ’em til they’re gone. These made from scratch dinner rolls are light and airy and oh so […]

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Gimme a “B”…..Gimme an “L”…..Gimme a “T”. What’s that spell??? Well, the BEST sandwich of summer of course!!! I’ve gotta admit that Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches took me by surprise. Waffles and BLT’s might not seem like the obvious pair, but oh my goodness they […]

Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa

Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa

Fire up the grill cause this next recipe is a keeper! Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa is my favorite recipe of summer so far. I love that it’s not only ridiculously easy to make, it’s also low calorie and low carb. And since it cooks on the grill, it keeps my kitchen cool. This healthy recipe uses minimal ingredients but is absolutely bursting with flavor. Fresh, seasonal produce helps to make it budget friendly too! Pick the cucumbers straight from your garden or swing by a local farmers market where you’ll find lots of ’em right now (and peaches too). Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa is the perfect end of summer meal.

Here’s all you’ll need: peaches, cucumber, peach preserves, red onion, fresh mint, chicken, salt and pepper.

Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa ingredients list

This wonderful salsa can even be prepped ahead of time. Peel and chop those peaches. We left the skin on the cucumber, but you could peel those as well if you like. Either way, go ahead and chop them up. You’ll want to dice that red pepper so it’s teeny tiny which helps it blend well into the dish. And we’ll need the fresh mint minced.

The addition of fresh mint gives this light salsa such a refreshing flavor. Don’t skip it! Toss all of our prepped ingredients into a small bowl, along with the peach preserves and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Chopped peached, chopped cucumenrs, diced red onion and minced mint in a glass mixing bowl.

Mix well to combine. Annnnndddd……all of our prep work is done! Seriously how simple was that?!? I wish all dinner recipes were this easy. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Peaches, cucumber, red onion, fresh mint, peach preserves and salt mixed together in a glass bowl.

Now for that grilled chicken. We’re keeping it basic because we want all the flavors of that amazing salsa to shine through. So all we need to do is add a little bit of salt and pepper to our chicken breasts. Grill the chicken, covered, on a lightly greased grill rack for 5 minutes. Turn and grill for an additional 7-9 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.

Three chicken breasts sprinkled with salt and pepper cooking on a grill rack over medium heat.

Remove the chicken from the grill and top with our Peach-Cucumber Salsa. I know you can’t wait to dig in! If you loved this recipe, be sure to try our Bruschetta Chicken next!

Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa by Happylifeblgospot.com #grilledchicken #peachchicken #cucumberchicken #peachsalsa #lowcarbdinner #healthydinnerrecipes

Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa

August 13, 2019
: 4 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled fresh peaches (about 2 medium)
  • 3/4 cup chopped cucumber
  • 4 tablespoons peach preserves
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh mint
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Directions
  • Step 1 Peel and chop peaches. Chop the cucumber, finely chop red onion, and mince fresh mint.
  • Step 2 Toss all of our prepped ingredients into a small bowl, along with the peach preserves and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Mix well to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Step 3 Salt and pepper the chicken breast. Grill the chicken, covered, on a lightly greased grill rack for 5 minutes. Turn and grill for an additional 7-9 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.
  • Step 4 Remove the chicken from the grill and top with our Peach-Cucumber Salsa. Enjoy!

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Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks

Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks

Have you ever tried making your own barbecue sauce? Well it’s easier than you think! Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks are the perfect place to start. Fresh rhubarb and apricot preserves pair perfectly to create this surprising and unique flavor profile. It’s tangy and sweet, with just […]