Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Grilled Mojo Chicken Salad with Asparagus and Oranges

Last night we had my in-laws over for dinner, and I served this recipe. It's a unique and flavorful gem I found on allrecipes.com, and everyone enjoyed it immensely.

Grilled Mojo Chicken salad with Asparagus and Oranges

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper, to taste
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 3/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 bunch medium asparagus, tough ends snapped off
  • 12 cups mixed salad greens

DIRECTIONS

  1. Whisk first seven ingredients plus 2 Tbs. oil in a 2-cup measuring cup. Pour all but 3/4 cup of mixture into a gallon-sized zipper bag. Add chicken; seal and refrigerate 30 minutes to 4 hours. Whisk 1/4 cup of oil into remaining mixture for dressing. Peel and section oranges. Sprinkle asparagus with oil, salt, pepper.
  2. Build a fire on only one side of grill (to conserve charcoal). When coals are covered with white ash, place chicken on rack over direct heat, cover and grill until well browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Turn, cover and grill another 4 to 6 minutes. Remove chicken and add asparagus, spears perpendicular to rack. Grill 3 to 5 minutes, until well browned and just cooked through.
  3. Remove chicken and let stand for 5 minutes or up to 1 hour. Cut, crosswise, into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Toss greens, oranges, salt and pepper with most of the dressing. Arrange salad in six shallow bowls. Place chicken and asparagus over each. Drizzle with remaining dressing. Serves 6
The only thing I did differently from the recipe was to omit the chopped fresh mint, because I didn't have any. The dressing/marinade recipe would be good to make anytime for a salad dressing!

Jessica

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jessica..we had a wonderful time last night. The food was sooooo good and the company even better. :)

Love ya!

Tammy L said...

Wow, that looks sooo good!! Great picture! And Elliot is so cute... :)