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Volume 65

Dinner This Week: Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts

By Keith Dresser Published

This week’s menus include Grilled Lemon-Parsley Chicken Breasts, Chana Masala, and Butter-Basted Fish Fillets for dinner in about an hour.

Every week, Executive Food Editor Keith Dresser pairs each main dish with a side to give you a complete, satisfying dinner without the guesswork. Look for the game plan section to learn tips on how to streamline your kitchen work so dinner comes together quicker.

Dinner 1: Grilled Lemon-Parsley Chicken Breasts and Sautéed Summer Squash

Our recipe for Grilled Lemon-Parsley Chicken Breasts produces moist, tender, vibrantly flavored chicken. We marinate the breasts for 30 minutes, then start them on the cooler side of the grill, covered, so they remain moist. To finish, we quickly sear them on the hot side of the grill. Sautéed Summer Squash with Mint and Pistachios doesn’t require any knifework: We simply use a vegetable peeler to shave the squash into thin strips that cook quickly. Sautéeing the squash in a single batch over moderately high heat allows the ribbons to become crisp-tender without browning, which would mask their fresh flavor and appearance. 

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Dinner 2: Chana Masala and Basmati Rice Pilaf

For our Chana Masala, we use the food processor to grind an aromatic paste that forms the base of the dish. We opt for canned chickpeas because their flavor and texture were nearly indistinguishable from those of chickpeas that are cooked from dried. A generous garnish of chopped onion, sliced chile, and cilantro add so much vibrancy, texture, and freshness that you'd never guess that most of the other ingredients in the recipe are from the pantry. For Basmati Rice Pilaf with light, fluffy, aromatic grains, we first rinse the rice to remove excess starch. Next, we sizzle whole spices in butter before toasting the rice itself. Finally, we add water and then cook the rice over low heat before removing it from the heat and allowing it to steam.

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Dinner 3: Butter-Basted Fish Fillets and Roasted Mushrooms

Butter-Basted Fish Fillets with Garlic and Thyme employs a technique that involves repeatedly spooning sizzling butter over food as it cooks. It’s great for mild, lean, flaky fish such as cod, haddock, or snapper. The butter helps cook the top of the fillet as the skillet heats the bottom, allowing you to flip the fish only once and early in the cooking process—before the flesh has become too fragile. Roasted Mushrooms with Parmesan and Pine Nuts is a rich, woodsy side dish. We start by brining the mushrooms in a saltwater solution. We then roast them in the oven for about an hour until they are deeply browned. Finally, we coat the mushrooms in melted butter and lemon juice before adding flavorful mix-ins: Parmesan, parsley, and pine nuts.

Printable Shopping Lists: Butter-Basted Fish Fillets and Roasted Mushrooms


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JOHN C.
16 days

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too. I've done this using a rimmed sheet pan instead of a skillet and put veggies and potatoes around the chicken for a one-pan meal. Broccoli gets nicely browned and yummy!

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too.

MD
MILES D.
JOHN C.
9 days

Amazed this recipe works out as well as it does. Would not have thought that the amount of time under the broiler would have produced a very juicy and favorable chicken with a very crispy crust. Used my 12" Lodge Cast Iron skillet (which can withstand 1000 degree temps to respond to those who wondered if it would work) and it turned out great. A "make again" as my family rates things. This is a great recipe, and I will definitely make it again. My butcher gladly butterflied the chicken for me, therefore I found it to be a fast and easy prep. I used my cast iron skillet- marvellous!

CM
CHARLES M.
11 days

John, wasn't it just amazing chicken? So much better than your typical oven baked chicken and on par if not better than gas or even charcoal grilled. It gets that smokey charcoal tasted and overnight koshering definitely helps, something I do when time permits. First-time I've pierced a whole chicken minus the times I make jerk chicken on the grill. Yup, the cast iron was not an issue.