September 5, 2011

Peach BBQ Chicken and a Meal Plan for September 6-10

I hope everyone had a lovely Labor Day weekend! We certainly did here. Not a lot of plans, really – just hung out with family, relaxed, and enjoyed the fact that finally, we’re not having 100+ degree days. We’re still continuing to be in one of the worst droughts that I’ve seen (the wildfires all over the state are terrible), but at least the weather is starting to change. It’s amazing how much the heat can impact your mood. I find it so much easier to relax!

It also makes it easier to grill outside. While I have been using the grill a lot throughout the summer (and really, Texas is just about a year-round grilling state) simply so I could keep the house cool, it’s actually a joy to do so when it’s not 105 degrees outside. Tonight, I made a simple grilled chicken. Nothing fancy, no intricate flavors – just a pleasantly sweet sauce over a juicy grilled chicken breast.

The source of the recipe? Gwyneth Paltrow. In case you haven’t heard, she has a new cookbook out. I don’t own it – yet – although it’s on my wish list. When I saw the article in Bon Appetit a few months ago on her new book, I was eager to try her recipes. They were simple, straightforward, and with lots of fresh, seasonal ingredients. I have a tendency to overcomplicate things at times, so I’m always drawn to people who can pull together a delicious dish and keep the ingredient list short. At a glance, Gwyneth’s recipes seemed promising. I bookmarked several, and then, as it inevitably does, time passed.

Until this week, when I looked back through my bookmarked recipes for some menu inspiration. That’s when it jumped out at me: grilled chicken with peach BBQ sauce.  You see, a few weeks back, I bought half of a bushel of peaches at the farmer’s market, and put them up in my freezer (and made some jam). I was dying to use some in a savory dish, and this would be perfect.

It was. While it wasn’t the best barbecue I’d ever had, it was perfect for today. It was approachable; perfect for kids, family, and easy, laid-back entertaining. The recipe was simple, so that if you had a busy day, were hosting a barbecue or party, or just were too pooped to execute a complicated meal, you could pull this one off. And since this weekend was all about relaxation and saying farewell to summer (and possibly a “good riddance” to the heat!), a simple, delicious recipe was definitely just the thing.

Peach BBQ Chicken, adapted from My Father’s Daughter

1 c chopped peeled fresh peaches

1/2 c sugar-free ketchup (I used Organicville, but I know Amy’s would have been great as well!)

2 1/2 T fresh lemon juice

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 t Chipotle Tabasco sauce

salt and pepper to taste

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer to a blender and puree. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Spoon half of the sauce over the chicken breasts in a shallow glass baking dish. Toss chicken breasts to coat with sauce. Divide remaining sauce into two bowls. Allow to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes to marinate, or alternatively, refrigerate, covered, for 8 hours or overnight. (I only marinated for 20 minutes.) Refrigerate sauce if not using within the hour.

Prepare the grill for medium heat. Brush grates with oil. Grill chicken until browned and almost cooked through, 4-5 minutes per side. Brush some of the remaining sauce over chicken and continue to grill until cooked through, 1-2 additional minutes per side. Allow to rest for 5 minutes, and slice. Serve with remaining unused sauce.

Serves 4.

 

Menu for September 6-10

Monday

Breakfast: Coconut flour pancakes, scrambled eggs, fresh raspberries

Dinner: Peach BBQ chicken, garden salad

(no lunch, as breakfast was late)

Tuesday

Breakfast: leftover pancakes, steamed spinach with a bit of leftover ground turkey taco meat, plum

Lunch: leftover paleo lasagna with zucchini (still working to perfect that recipe!)

Dinner: leftover chicken, sausage, shrimp chili (working to perfect that one too!)

Wednesday

Breakfast: smoothie with spinach, peaches, protein powder, and a hard-boiled egg

Lunch: garden salad with leftover peach BBQ chicken

Dinner: chicken satay with cucumber salad and steamed green beans

Thursday

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with leftover green beans

Lunch: leftover chicken satay and cucumber salad

Dinner: grilled chicken-basil sausages, baked sweet potatoes, and steamed broccoli

Friday

Breakfast: smoothie with blueberries, spinach, mint, and protein powder, and a handful of macadamia nuts

Lunch: leftover grilled sausages, sweet potatoes, and broccoli

Dinner: fridge clean-out! We’ll be eating whatever needs to be eaten that day!

 

Have a great week, everyone!

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free.

9 Responses to “Peach BBQ Chicken and a Meal Plan for September 6-10”

  1. I’ve never had peach BBQ but it sounds so good. I’m always happy to find a refined sugar-free BBQ recipe. It’s one of my favorites. (Joe loves it too!) Great menu plan with lots of creative use of leftovers. I try not to waste anything, either. Thanks for mentioning my ketchup.
    Hugs,
    Amy

  2. You girls who do these week-long menus amaze me. I’m impressed with your ability to be so organized. I’m often winging it at the last minute. Love the coconut pancakes recipe and your peach BBQ sauce sounds delightful. I’m getting a boat-load of peaches in my CSA share right now, so this is perfect timing. And, I’m thinking you can use this marinade in so many different ways. Great post!

  3. That recipe looks and sounds great, Alta! I like some sweetness in my barbecue sauces. ;-) I know what you mean about the heat even if we didn’t have temps as high as yours. I really don’t do well when the AC is running all the time and every activity is planned around the heat. I sooo hope you get that rain ASAP.

    Shirley

  4. I love the idea of the peach bbq—that must be such a great blend of flavors.
    I’m also inspired by your menu. I want to do that so badly—I just never get it together…or I make the menu and don’t follow it :)
    I’m going to try again though!

  5. I had completely forgotten about Gwyneth’s new book. It sounds excellent – I’ll have to look into it. Thanks Alta!

    Btw, your menu looks awesome, do you charge an all-inclusive rate for room and board :) JK

  6. This sound great for this time of year with the abundance of peaches. I’m always looking for new ways to twist things up…definitely will give this a try!

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  9. Hi! We featured this recipe on our recent blog post! Check it out here:

    http://www.recipechatter.com/best-picnic-dishes-for-summer/

    Thank you again for sharing!

    Amy @ FaveGlutenFreeRecipes.com

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