Friday, December 17, 2010

Grilled Chicken with Salsa Verde

I love barbecued chicken! No I am not talking about charcoal chicken from a shop I love chicken cooked on the barbecue plate. It takes on such a different flavour than being fried or roasted. When I saw this recipe I knew we would all enjoy.

Salsa Verde is an Italian sauce made with fresh green herbs and served cold. I wasn't sure about it to be honest but to my surprise it was very nice and complimented the smokiness of the chicken, which Noel cooked on the Weber over the coals.

Grilled Chicken with Salsa Verde
(recipe sourced from WW Programme Cookbook 2010)

Serves: 4
ProPoints per serve: 6

1 teaspoon fresh lemon rind, finely grated
3 teaspoons olive oil
4 lean chicken breasts, (180g each)
1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
1/2 bunch fresh chives, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 individual fresh garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard

Make the salsa verde, combine the parsley, basil, chives, juice, garlic, mustard and 2 teaspoons of the oil in a small bowl.

Combine rind and 1 teaspoon of the oil in a small bowl. Rub all over chicken and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Preheat a barbecue or chargrill over medium heat. Cook chicken for 3–4 minutes each side or until cooked through.

Slice chicken and serve topped with the salsa verde.

(click here for a printable version of this recipe)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Chilli Beef and Spinach Stir Fry

Yes I am still here and I am trying to get back into the swing of things. Thank you all for being patient with me and my apparant lack of new recipes.

I don't have any more travel until January 2010 so I have plenty of time to get cooking and share more recipes with you.

Last night we had a quick and easy beef stirfry that I must admit to is one of my favourites. It's the one I cook when I am unsure on what I really fancy for dinner and I know that it takes a matter of minutes to get organised.

Chilli Beef and Spinach Stir Fry(recipe adapted from WW Recipe Collection Cookbook)
Serves: 4
ProPoints per serve: 7

cooking spray
1 onion, sliced
400 grams lean beef strips
1 teaspoon minced chilli
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons teriyaki sauce
1 teaspoon cornflour
1 teaspoon beef stock powder
1/4 cup water
200 grams baby spinach leaves
sliced red chilli for garnish

Coat a wok or large frying pan with cooking spray and heat. Add onion and stir fry until tender. Add the beef chilli and garlic. Stir fry for 2 - 3 minutes.

Add the teriyaki sauce. Stir in combined cornflour, beefstock and water. Stir until sauce boils and thickens slightly.

Add spinach, remove from heat and stir through.

Serve into individual bowls and garnish with chilli (if desired).

(click here for a printable version of this recipe)