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Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken with Mediterranean Couscous Salad and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Grilled lemon herb chicken with a side of Mediterranean couscous salad in Palm Springs.

A Fusion of Flavors:

Experience the delightful blend of zesty and aromatic herbs in our Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken, accompanied by a refreshing Mediterranean Couscous Salad and the earthy goodness of Roasted Brussels Sprouts. This meal is a celebration of diverse flavors and textures, offering a wholesome and satisfying dining experience.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts (4, boneless and skinless)
  • Lemons (2, for juice and zest)
  • Fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley)
  • Garlic (2 cloves, minced)
  • Olive oil
  • Couscous (1 cup)
  • Cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese (for salad)
  • Brussels sprouts (1 pound)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Shopping List (serves 4):

  • Chicken breasts (4)
  • Lemons (2)
  • Fresh herbs: rosemary, thyme, parsley (1 bunch each)
  • Garlic (2 cloves)
  • Olive oil
  • Couscous (1 cup)
  • Cherry tomatoes (1 cup)
  • Cucumber (1)
  • Red onion (1 small)
  • Feta cheese (1/2 cup)
  • Brussels sprouts (1 pound)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation:

  1. Chicken: Marinate chicken in lemon juice, zest, minced herbs, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill until cooked through (internal temperature of 165°F).
  2. Couscous Salad: Prepare couscous as per package instructions. Toss with halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, chopped red onion, crumbled feta, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Brussels Sprouts: Toss sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast at 400°F until caramelized. Finish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
  4. Serve: Plate grilled chicken with a side of couscous salad and roasted Brussels sprouts.

Safe Cooking Temperature: Chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

Conclusion: This meal is a delightful journey through Mediterranean-inspired flavors, combining the citrusy, herb-infused chicken with the light and vibrant couscous salad, and the rich, caramelized Brussels sprouts for a truly memorable dining experience.


Cucumber Mint Fizz (Non-Alcoholic)

A Cool Refresher:

Enhance your meal with the Cucumber Mint Fizz, a non-alcoholic drink that combines the coolness of cucumber with the freshness of mint, creating a perfect balance to the meal’s flavors.

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Lime juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice cubes

Shopping List (serves 4):

  • Cucumber (1)
  • Fresh mint leaves (1 bunch)
  • Limes (2-3)
  • Simple syrup (small bottle)
  • Sparkling water (1 liter)

Preparation:

  1. Muddle: Muddle sliced cucumber and mint leaves with lime juice and simple syrup.
  2. Combine: Fill glasses with ice, add the muddled mixture.
  3. Top with Fizz: Add sparkling water and stir gently.
  4. Garnish: Decorate with cucumber slices and mint sprigs.

Conclusion: This Cucumber Mint Fizz is a delightful and refreshing beverage that perfectly complements the grilled chicken and sides, offering a burst of freshness in every sip.


Citrus Basil Mojito (Alcoholic)

A Vibrant Cocktail:

Pair your meal with a Citrus Basil Mojito, a twist on the classic that infuses basil’s herbal notes with the brightness of citrus, enhancing the flavors of the chicken and sides.

Ingredients:

  • White rum
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Lemons and oranges (for juice)
  • Simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • Ice cubes

Shopping List (serves 4):

  • White rum (1 bottle)
  • Fresh basil leaves (1 bunch)
  • Lemons and oranges (2 each)
  • Simple syrup (small bottle)
  • Club soda (1 liter)

Preparation:

  1. Muddle: Muddle basil leaves with lemon and orange juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Mix: Add rum and ice, shake well.
  3. Serve: Strain into glasses, top with club soda, and stir.
  4. Garnish: Add a basil leaf and a slice of lemon/orange.

Conclusion: The Citrus Basil Mojito is an exquisite cocktail choice that beautifully pairs with the meal, adding a refreshing and aromatic touch to enhance the overall dining experience.


Chardonnay (Wine Pairing)

A Harmonious Match:

Complement your meal with a glass of Chardonnay. Its crisp, fruity profile with a hint of oak is a splendid match for the lemon herb chicken, couscous salad, and Brussels sprouts.

Why It Pairs Well:

  • The wine’s acidity and fruitiness harmonize with the lemony chicken and the freshness of the couscous salad.
  • Chardonnay’s subtle oak notes offer a lovely contrast to the caramelized Brussels sprouts.

Conclusion: A glass of Chardonnay with this meal not only brings an added layer of flavor but also unites the various elements on your plate, creating a beautifully rounded and satisfying culinary experience.

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