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Mustard-marinated Chicken Sandwiches

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Thu Apr 30, 2020
If you’re a regular follower of this blog you may have noticed that about 90% of the recipes I share out are cooked within five to six Meatwaves throughout the year. I do this purposefully for a couple reasons: I find it easier to cook in large portions and it also gives me an audience for feedback on each dish, allowing me to know what’s working and what’s not, which leads to the best final recipes for sharing. In recent years, grilling for just me and wife has become more sporadic, but the last month and half of a stay-at-home order has changed that dramatically. I’m now grilling way more often, focusing on recipes that can be made for two with little food waste, but can also be easily scalable up for the usual recipe portions. These mustard-marinated chicken sandwiches fall into this category since they gave me the opportunity to use up some ingredients I already had on hand and were a perfect thing to make to serve a couple.

The marinade was partially devised based on what I had on hand in the fridge. I thought of what things would taste really good together on chicken and landed on a Dijon heavy sauce whose pungency was contrasted by dark brown sugar, given acidity from lemon juice, a sharp bite from garlic, and thyme for a background herbal component.

The chicken breasts I had in the freezer were on the larger size, so I opted to use only one for two sandwiches, but split the breast in half horizontally first. This had the benefit of creating a chicken breast piece that was also a fairly even thickness, which is a big help in cooking it evenly and avoiding drying it out.

This somewhat thin chicken breasts didn’t need all that much time to marinate—I figured a couple hours would be more than enough. The sauce wasn’t so heavily acidic though that an overnight stint wouldn’t work, so if you’re all about prepping ahead of time, you could go ahead and get this step of the recipe done the day before.

I had made a batch of caramelized onions for mushroom Swiss burgers the week before and only used half of them in that application. So I was thinking of a way to use up those deeply browned onions and on these sandwiches they seemed like they would add a nice touch of sweetness to counteract the sharpness of the mustard.

Using the sugary onions made me feel confident that another hit of mustard would be the right call for the sauce. I went in double with the Dijon here, using both the whole grain and smooth varieties, which I mixed with some mayo, lemon juice, and Worcestershire, which gave the sauce a nice savoriness too.

Also on the list of things I needed to use up was bacon—I had bought a mega pack and figured I’d find many things to use bacon in over a couple weeks period. If you haven’t tried grilling bacon yet, it may end up being a life changing revelation. It’s so easy to cook a large quantity and you don’t have to deal with the mess or smell that can be negatives of stovetop cooking. On the grill, you just need to cook it over indirect heat, covered, and with a hot fire it’ll be well browned and extra crisp within ten minutes or so.

After I finished the bacon and had it draining on a paper towel-lined plate, I placed the marinated chicken breasts over the hot side of the two-zone fire I had going. I’m not a big fan of chicken breasts on the grill because they can overcook so quickly, so I kept a very watchful eye on these, flipping them occasionally, and moving them to the cool side of the grill when then were about ten degrees shy of my desired final internal temperature of around 155°F.

Once over indirect heat, I topped the breasts with Swiss cheese—also leftover from those mushroom Swiss burgers—and caramelized onions and then covered. I let the chicken continue to cook until the cheese was completely melted, and during that time, the meat also reached its intended final temperature.

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Then, just before serving, I quickly toasted the buns, which I had chosen a pretzel variety to pair with all the mustardy flavors going on. Once they were warmed, I assembled the sandwiches with the topped chicken, bacon slices, and some lettuce, which I had leftover from making nam khao (Laotian crispy rice salad) lettuce wraps the night before.

These sandwiches really left me thinking that maybe I need to readjust my cooking habits a bit. I’m usually an advance planner and have a very clear idea for everything I’m going to cook, but I really cobbled these together due to current needs of making small meals that use up ingredients I have on hand, but the sandwiches tasted as fully realized as anything else I make. The mustard marinade did the chicken a lot of justice, giving it a sharp and lightly sweet flavor that worked well with the natural flavor of the meat. Swiss was the right mellow paring for the chicken, bacon brought that irresistible salty crunch, and the caramelized onion the hit of sweetness to make it really feel complete. Under normal circumstances, these sandwiches may have never come to my mind, so I do think a return to more routine, everyday grilling is called for in my future to see what other delicious things my brain can come up with.
Mustard-marinated Chicken Sandwiches The sharpness of mustard-marinated chicken is contrasted by creamy Swiss cheese and sweet caramelized onions, then given the irresistible salty crunch of bacon in these full-flavored sandwiches.
Prep Time: 1 Hour Inactive Time: 2 Hours Cook Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: 3 Hours 20 Minutes Yield: 4 servings Ingredients For the Chicken 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh garlic (about 2 medium cloves) 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh thyme Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 large chicken breasts, split in half horizontally   For the Onions 1 tablespoon butter 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced   For the Sauce 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice   8 strips bacon 4 slices Swiss cheese 4 pretzel sub rolls, split in half lengthwise Green leaf lettuce, washed and dried Procedure To make the chicken: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, mustard, lemon juice, brown sugar, garlic, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place chicken breasts in a large resealable bag and pour in marinade. Seal bag, removing as much air as possible, and place in refrigerator for at least two hours to overnight. To make the onions: Melt butter in a large heavy-bottomed stainless steel or enameled cast iron dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and bottom of saucepan is coated in a pale brown fond, about 15 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water and deglaze pan by scraping with a wood spoon. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until another layer of fond has built up again, 3-5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water and deglaze. Repeat process until onions are completely softened and a deep, dark brown, about 15 minutes morel. Season onions to taste with salt. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. To make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, whole grain Dijon mustard, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice. Set aside. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on either side of the charcoal grate. Place a foil pan between the two piles of coals. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean grilling grate. Lay bacon slices on grilling grate above foil pan. Cover grill and cook until bacon begins to shrink in size and develop pools of fat, about 5 minutes. Flip bacon slices over, cover, and continue to cook until bacon is deeply browned and crisp, 5-8 minutes more. Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Place chicken breasts directly over the coals and cook, flipping occasionally, until center of meat registers between 145-150°F on an instant read thermometer. Move breasts to cool area of grill, top with cheese slices and caramelized onions, cover, and continue to cook until cheese is melted and chicken registers between 155-160°F on an instant read thermometer. Transfer chicken to a plate Place rolls, cut side down, directly over the coals until toasted, about 1 minute. Transfer buns to a serving platter, spread each cut side with sauce, and top each with a chicken breast, bacon slices, and lettuce. Serve immediately.

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By: Joshua Bousel
Title: Mustard-marinated Chicken Sandwiches
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Published Date: 04/30/20

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5 Tips to BEST BURGERS! | Make the best Homemade Grilled Burgers using these tips!

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In this video I will show you how to MAKE THE BEST BURGERS on your Grill, Smoker or any Cooker using IMPORTANT Tips which I’ve compiled from years of trial and error! I cook these burgers on a Weber Genesis Gas Grill but you can do this on ANY cooker ANY style that you prefer such as hot/fast, low/slow etc. Thank you for watching!

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Grilled Orange Chicken Skewers and Chicken Thighs Grilled Recipes

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Grilled chicken thighs are tender and juicy. The dry rub you use on the thighs helps them absorb the flavor of the grill. You can use parsley, cilantro, or a combination of both. The thighs should be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Chicken thighs vary in thickness, so be sure to check the thickness when you choose a cooking method. You should also consider the amount of fat each piece has. Skin-on thighs are usually higher in fat than boneless ones. Bone-in skin-on thighs will cook more quickly, but may need some minor adjustments. The thickness of the chicken also affects the cooking time.

If using skin-on chicken thighs, start by placing them on the hot side of the grill. This will prevent the skin side from burning. Turn them over after five minutes and cook the other side. This will prevent flare-ups caused by drainage of fat. Move the chicken to a different side of the grill every five minutes to let it sear.

Another great way to prepare chicken thighs is to brace them. This method will give the meat a crispy skin and juicy meat. You can also cook the thighs in the oven or skillet. Just be sure to check the temperature to make sure they are cooked all the way through. After this step, your chicken thighs will be ready to eat!

Chicken thighs grilled recipes are great for dinner parties and barbecues, and you can make them ahead of time for easy meal prep. You can also store leftovers in an airtight container. A salad or fried rice would be the perfect complement to your chicken thighs. You can also marinate the chicken thighs a day in advance if you like. If you do not have time to do so, you can make the marinade ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.

When it comes to grilling chicken thighs, it is important to remove moisture. Doing so will give you a crispy skin and tender insides. After that, you can place the chicken thighs on a grill and cook them for five to seven minutes on each side. When the thighs are done, they can be served with salad or wrapped in bread. If you do not serve them immediately, you can reheat them in the microwave or air fryer using bbq sauce.

Chicken thighs should be brushed with olive oil and seasoned on both sides. After that, you can place them on the grill, skin side down. Cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Once done, remove the chicken from the gill and let it rest for 5 to ten minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Clean a Charcoal Grill?

Remove any food residue and clean the grill thoroughly with water. Always heat your grill to at least halfway before using it. If grease builds up on the grates, you can scrape it off with a metal spatula. Once cleaned, wipe down the grates with a damp cloth.

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You can also scrub grates with a piece of wire mesh if you don’t have a grillbrush. After cleaning, rinse the grates.

How do you keep a charcoal grill lit.

To keep a charcoal grill lit, you need to light the coals first, then place them into the grill. This is easiest to do with a chimney starter. The chimney starter is a tube made of metal filled with charcoal briquettes. When ignited, hot air rises through the chimney to ignite the charcoal in the grill.

What is the distinction between a charcoal grill and a smoker, you ask?

Grills use open flames to cook food. A smoker is an appliance that uses smoke to prepare food.

Grills are used for grilling meats, vegetables and seafood. Smokers are commonly used to smoke meats and cheeses as well as fruits and vegetables.

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There are many kinds of grills. Some are better suited for certain types of foods than others. A pellet grill is suitable for large cuts of beef, while a kettle barbecue is more suitable to grill steaks and breasts.

How to Keep a Charcoal Cooker Hot.

The bottom half of a charcoal grill should be filled with coals. Once the lid is on, heat the top. This is a great way to grill steaks, chicken breasts and fish fillets.

For larger items such whole chickens or pork shoulders, ribs and briskets you should place these items directly on the grill. If you’re cooking smaller items such as shrimp, scallops, salmon, and other delicate foods, you can cover them with foil.

You should not leave the lid on a charcoal grill for too long. You can cause your food to be unevenly cooked if you leave the lid too open.

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How to Make a Perfect Steak

The perfect steak is one that has been marinated, grilled, and then served immediately. Here’s how to extract the maximum flavor from your steak.

1. Marinate the steak overnight with equal amounts of red wine vinegar, soy sauce and sugar. Let the steak sit in this mixture for about 30 minutes.

2. Heat a grill to high heat. The marinade should be removed from the steak and rubbed dry.

3. Season the steak with salt and pepper. Place the steak onto the grill. Close the cover. The steak should be grilled for 5 minutes each side until it reaches a temperature of 120°F (49°C).

4. Transfer the steak to your cutting board. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Slice the grain thinly. Serve immediately

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What to Serve With Lemongrass Ginger Chicken Thighs

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Lemongrass chicken is a delicious Asian-style chicken dish that is both healthy and gluten-free. It takes only 25 minutes to prepare and hits all the right notes for a satisfying meal. Its flavor is savory and slightly sweet, making it perfect for noodle bowls, salads, and sandwiches.

To make this dish, you will need chicken breast meat, lemongrass, and sugar. You can chop lemongrass into a fine pulp or use one clove of garlic. Leave the chicken to marinate for 30 minutes to an hour, but longer is better. Meanwhile, heat oil in a non-stick skillet. When the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs and fry for about four minutes on each side. When the chicken is cooked, it will release its juices.

Lemongrass adds a zesty lemon flavor to chicken and is versatile in a variety of recipes. First, prepare the lemongrass. Trim it at the base and top. Next, grate or chop it. Next, make a lemongrass sauce by combining the lemongrass with ginger, garlic, and honey. Then, add the chicken to the sauce. Cook for thirty to sixty minutes. The longer you marinate the chicken, the more flavourful it will be.

You can use a blender or food processor to grind lemongrass. The yellow stems are more tender than the green stalks, so you can grind them finely to add to your chicken. Lemongrass leaves and roots can also be used in stews and soups. Lemongrass stalks and leaves are usually discarded after harvest, but you can save them and use them in other recipes. They’re also inexpensive.

Lemongrass is an aromatic herb used in many Vietnamese dishes. It’s used to flavor chicken and other dishes, such as rice porridge and certain soups. It also imparts a deep red color to the marinade. It’s easy to make, too, and can be made at home quickly.

Lemongrass Chicken is an excellent weeknight meal. It’s quick and easy to prepare, and is packed with flavor. It’s a great way to add a touch of exotic flair to your meals. With its delicious citrus flavor and a low-fat recipe, it’s a delicious and healthy meal for the entire family. You can make this dish at home without any special equipment, and it’ll be ready in 15 minutes.

Once marinated, the chicken should be cooked. Depending on the type of chicken, it can be cooked in a variety of ways. After cooking, the chicken should rest for at least 5 minutes. Then, garnish with fresh cilantro or edible flowers. You can also serve the chicken with a side of extra lime juice for additional flavor.

To cook chicken with lemongrass, heat two tablespoons of canola oil in a large skillet until it is 170degC (340degF). After adding the chicken pieces to the skillet, stir fry the chicken over high heat until it reaches a golden brown color. When it reaches 165degF, remove it from the heat and set aside to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to Set Up and Light a Charcoal Grill?

Charcoal grills come with one or both electric and charcoal options. While they’re easier to use than charcoal barbecues, electric grills don’t produce the same heat. You’ll also find that electric grills tend to cost less than charcoal grills.

First, place charcoal on the bottom of the grill to ignite a charcoal barbecue. Then add wood chips or chunks to the firebox. To distribute the coals evenly over the grill’s surface, heat them up with tongs. Once the coals start burning, remove the cover and wait until they are completely extinguished.

How to Start an Electric Grill

A reliable supplier must be able to sell quality equipment at an affordable price in order to set up an electric grill. The first step is to decide what kind of grill you want to purchase. Next, consider the space available for the grill and where it will be placed. Finally, decide whether gas or electric. The last thing you need to decide is whether you want to use propane or charcoal grills.

How do you start a Propane or Gas Grill

Propane grills are among the easiest to use. It is easy to fill up your propane tank, ignite the grill, then wait for your food. Cooking with propane is simple. There are no oil splatters, grease accumulation, or flare-ups.

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Propane tanks can also be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes. These tanks come in sizes from 20 to 60 gallons.

What is the difference of a barbecue and a smoker?

Grills use open flames to cook food. A smoker is a device that uses smoke to cook food.

Grills can be used to grill meats, vegetables, fish and seafood as well as poultry and breads. Smokers are used to smoke meats, cheeses and fruits.

There are many options for grills today. Each grill is better for different food types. A pellet grill is great for large cuts of meat; a kettle grill works well for chicken breasts and steaks.

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How To

Grilled Chicken: Tips

Grill chicken breasts whole or cut into strips. The thicker the breast, the longer it takes to cook.

To avoid burning the outside of the chicken, use a barbecue mitt to hold the chicken while you flip it.

Remove the skin from the chicken before grilling to ensure tender and juicy meat.

Grill chicken by coating both sides with vegetable oils. Then season each piece with salt or black pepper.

Cover the grill with the chicken. Turn the chicken once or twice in the first 15 minutes.

Check the chicken after 15 minutes. If the chicken looks well done, you can continue to grill it. Otherwise, you can transfer it to indirect heat.

Turn the chicken every 10 minutes. Continue grilling until the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a knife.

Place the chicken on a platter.

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