Grilled Lemon-Ginger Chicken is the item for today. I don’t think there is anyone that likes ginger more than I do. I use it in my morning green tea along with turmeric and again during the day. The flavors we add with herbs and spices is what makes our foods what they are. While you get great flavor from something like an apple or an orange, foods like chicken breasts need help to give them flavor. So today we are adding ginger and garlic along with the citrus flavor of fresh lemon (or limes if you prefer) to give some taste to the chicken breast.
We always use free range chickens in our recipes. Free range means that they have been allowed to scratch the ground for food, have spent days in the sun and only go into the “coop“ to lay eggs or to sleep at night. They are a much healthier bird and yes, even the eggs taste differently.
Now that we are “retired” from working for others, we have found the time to raise our own chickens. At the moment, we have about 60 and two hens sitting on about another 28 eggs. And yes, we do sell the eggs and some chickens. It helps supplement the retirement income plus it is a lot of fun.
We have established a route we drive where we visit five different produce stores. They save us the tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce trim that they can not sell and it becomes part of the food our chickens enjoy.
Chickens also like watermelon. About two blocks from where we live there is a man that sells watermelon off the back of his truck. He cuts open melons daily to give samples to customers. At the end of the day, we get the leftover samples and any damaged melons, which become dessert for our chickens.
We also grow our own ginger and garlic and have a lime tree so this recipe is an easy meal when we have guests from out of town.
The above projects are all a result of wanting to live a clean eating whole food lifestyle. While many of you might not be able to do all that, consider starting your own herb garden. It can be in a little area outdoors or it can be in pots. We do both. And don’t forget those tomatoes. The taste of tomatoes right from the vine is just miles above anything you can purchase in a store.
So here’s a simple little recipe with only 7 ingredients, including the salt and pepper. It is loaded with flavor, and you can grill outdoors, on an indoor grill, or make it in the oven. It’s clean eating, whole food that everyone can enjoy.
- 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (2 large lemons)
- Sea Salt to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
- 4 lemon wedges or slices (for garnish, optional)
- In a baking dish blend together lemon juice, ginger root, and garlic.
- Marinate chicken in this mixture for at least 15 minutes (longer is even better!)
- Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and season with salt and pepper.
- Grill the chicken for 7 minutes per side or until no longer pink and juices are clear.
- Serve garnished with lemon wedges.
- Marinating before grilling helps keeps the chicken from drying out for a tender and juicier result than if you just grilled plain chicken.
There are many ways to change this recipe for grilled lemon-ginger chicken by adding different flavors to the marinade or adding different herbs. One herb that goes very well with chicken is Rosemary. It is an evergreen and grows well in a pot. You can put the pot outside during the warmer season and bring it inside during the colder months and you will have fresh rosemary all year long.
Enjoying a clean eating, whole food lifestyle is only a little hard to get started with because you need to adjust to not using processed foods. Once that adjustment is made, it is much easier and the food tastes great. Join us often as we add more information and recipes about clean eating.
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