Today I bring you part 3 of the dinner series (part 1, part 2), this chipotle citrus grilled chicken. This chicken is incredibly easy and super flavorful. It’s delicious on it’s own, but it would be amazing on a salad, as fajitas or tacos, burrito bowl style, or pretty much any other way you can think to eat a chicken tender.
There is always room for another way to cook chicken in my world. It’s my protein of choice for dinner most nights for a lot of reasons. It’s cheap, quick cooking, can take on almost any flavor profile, and it’s pretty healthy.
I am a person of many strong opinions. There is no doubt about that. None of my opinions are more resolute than the ones I have about food. Please skip ahead if you are easily offended by other people’s food thoughts. Angel food cake is just a sweet sponge. A sandwich without meat is just a salad. Frozen yogurt is not a suitable substitute for ice cream. And burgers are made of beef. Chicken burgers, turkey burgers and other meat burgers, in my world, are sandwiches. Not burgers. Veggie burgers, bean burgers, quinoa burgers: these strange things fall under the aforementioned category of salad.
“Uh, Casey, you named this post ‘Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Blue Cheese Slaw’ though…” you are probably saying at the moment. And you’re right, I did. Here’s why: while in my house these are called sandwiches, in most people’s homes (and according to various internet sources), any sandwich with a ground meat patty is technically a burger. So for the sake of not rocking the boat, I will concede this point to the internet.
It’s that time of year when I have to stop myself from making pasta for dinner every night. The weather sucks, even here in Texas (50° and rainy constitutes bad weather, okay?), all of the good shows are on hiatus, and all I want to do is sit around in my pajamas with a big bowl of cheesy pasta and binge watch Sherlock on Netflix.
Is that so bad? Yes. Yes, it is. Especially when spring comes around, and I can’t fit into any of my shorts.
That’s when I have to force myself to remember that I do actually like vegetables. Kind of a lot, actually. Plus, I can totally sit around in my pajamas with a big bowl of salad and binge watch Sherlock, and then I won’t feel bad about that
glass bottle of wine I’m drinking, because SALAD!
This Broccoli and Arugula Salad with Harissa Shrimp is actually tasty enough that I don’t even remember that I wanted pasta. It has A LOT going on in it (don’t get intimidated by the number of ingredients!), it is really filling, and it comes together in no time.
Call a couple of friends, your significant other, your parents. Call somebody, anybody. Invite them over for dinner, because I got you. This Spice Rubbed Pork with Butternut Squash and Apples recipe is all you’re going to need for an excellent dinner in. Ok, maybe a bottle of wine too (if your friends are anything like mine), but you could just ask your guests to bring that!
Really though, this dish is the best excuse to have friends over for dinner. If you get your pork loin on sale at the grocery store like I did, it’s pretty inexpensive. There’s about twenty minutes of active cooking and prep time, and then you just hang out until it’s time to eat. Everything is cooked in one pan, so clean up is a breeze. It’s kind of ridiculous how easy this is.