For those of you who live in the Atlanta area, you know that school started for many students last week. My children were among those that headed back. At the beginning of every school year, I have the energy and desire to cook new meals and be creative. However, it was a bit of an emotional start since I had one kid starting high school and another starting the end of her middle school years. I knew I didn’t have it in me to go all elaborate and fancy (and I’m not Melissa) but wanted something new, healthy and delicious. As I was thumbing through old Food Network Magazines, I came across a recipe that looked exciting. Of course, I changed it a bit to suit my family’s tastes. The end result was this chicken tenders with grilled romaine dish that was a hit with everyone!!
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 10 min; Cook Time – 15 min.
Ingredients for 4 servings:
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil, plus 2 T. for drizzling
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar, plus 1 tsp. for drizzling
1 1/2 T. fresh thyme, chopped
1 T. minced red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
Kosher Salt and Pepper
2 artisan heads of romaine, cut in half (or one head of romaine cut in quarters)
12 boneless, skinless chicken tenders
1 1/2 c. seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 c. shredded or shaved parmesan
Preparing Chicken Tenders with Grilled Romaine:
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, thyme, onion, garlic, red pepper and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Drizzle the cut side of the romaine with 1-2 tsp. of the dressing.
Add the chicken to the bowl and toss with remaining dressing. Add the breadcrumbs and toss to coat. Thread the chicken onto metal skewers.
Grill chicken until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Take off the grill and let sit for 5 minutes. Place the cut side of the romaine on the grill, turning once. Grill for about 2 minutes total. Transfer the romaine to plates and drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Place 3 chicken tenders on each plate and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.