Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Chipotle Grilled Chicken & Roasted Asparagus w/ Fresh Lemon Zest

This evening I made a quick and easy meal. It was warm here again today and it had just finished raining not too long before we got home, so we were able to grill out tonight. I decided to go ahead and grill two nights worth of meals since we already had the grill on and I wasn't sure what tomorrow's weather would be.

For tonight's meal, we had Chipotle Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs. I sprayed them with olive oil and seasoned them with McCormick's Chipotle & Roasted Garlic Seasoning and a dusting of smoked paprika. It only takes these about 15-20 minutes or so to cook on the grill. They are so tender and flavorful and one of my favorite ways to prepare grilled chicken quickly on a weeknight. 

While grilling tonight's chicken, I also grilled the meat for tomorrow night's meal. I mixed together some really delicious burgers. They are awesome. How do I know they're awesome you wonder? Easy...I accidentally broke one of them when pulling them off the grill (oh snap) and that provided me with the perfect way to "sample" them. It was really hard to decide whether to have the chicken or the burgers tonight but I decided the burgers would reheat better than the chicken. Stay tuned tomorrow to find out what yummy things I put into these burgers. I served tonight's grilled chicken with roasted asparagus that I simply tossed with olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and black pepper, then roasted at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. As soon as I pulled them from the oven, I grated fresh lemon zest (with my favorite zester) over top of the piping hot asparagus spears. It was so good. Sometimes simple is best, don't you think? Check out the photos below. Enjoy!


Dawn O'Neill said...

Thanks for this idea. I've been hearing a lot about "eating clean" lately and try to keep that in mind as I plan meals. Now I'm going to add "cooking simply" as well. Especially now that spring is almost here and we'll soon be able to get lots of fresh, local produce. I'm also going to try the McCormick's Chipotle & Roasted Garlic Seasoning you suggested.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Dawn,

I think whenever we eat as much "real unprocessed food" in it didn't come from a package, mix, etc., it's probably generally better for us because we have better control of what we eat.

I think cooking simply is a great idea too. I sometimes find that we enjoy the simple meals more when we don't get stressed out with too many different steps and ingredients...especially on busy work nights. I can't wait for the fresh local produce to begin! :-)