Good Morning and Happy Wednesday, everyone!
I’m getting ready to finish an early morning stretch and then get to work on some cases while simultaneously preparing for plans tonight with a particularly handsome fella- but before I dive right into that- I wanted to share a 30 minute recipe that is going to make your next grilling endeavor a breeze.
After fighting off wasps that have congregated on my back porch over the course of the past couple of weeks- I declared myself victorious and able to use my grill again without risking a hospital visit from being stung 100+ times. My first order of business were whipping up these “pocket dinners”- meaning the meal is cooked to perfection within a tin foil pocket.
It’s super easy to do- and, like many of the recipes here- can be completely customized with your choice of vegetables and seasonings.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Zest of 1 lime
- Four 6-ounce chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 bunch asparagus
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 ears corn, halved
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion
READY? HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:
- In a small bowl, stir together the butter, olive oil, garlic, ginger, honey and lime zest.
- Using 12-inch sheets of foil, build four packets. Place a chicken breast in the center of each. Season it with cumin and paprika. Divide the asparagus among the packets. Brush the chicken and asparagus with the honey-ginger sauce and season with salt and pepper. Fold the foil over the food inside and crimp several times to seal.
- Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the packets until the chicken is cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.
- About 5 minutes before the chicken is finished, add the corn to the grill and cook until it’s browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.
- Garnish the chicken with cilantro and green onion before serving.
What I love the most about this recipe- apart from quite a few different flavors and textures blending perfectly together- is that this is also a pretty healthy dinner, too. The chicken breast isn’t covered in fattening breading and the vegetables are, well- vegetables. You can’t really mess those up.
I’ve since fallen down the “Pocket Dinner” rabbit hole online- finding a ton of recipes similar to this one to try- so here’s hoping the wasps keep away so I can keep using my grill during the next couple of weeks!
Enjoy your Hump Day, everyone! See you all on Friday!
– Ashley –