Smoky Grilled Chicken Nachos with Chipotle Ranch.

These smoky grilled chicken nachos are thrown on the grill with lots of melty cheddar, to-die-for chipotle ranch and toppings galore. My faves are quick pico de gallo, guacamole and pickled onions. Perfect snack food! Nachos for Friday is just what we all need!  These are so easy, so delicious, covered in all the toppings […]

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These smoky grilled chicken nachos are thrown on the grill with lots of melty cheddar, to-die-for chipotle ranch and toppings galore. My faves are quick pico de gallo, guacamole and pickled onions. Perfect snack food!

Nachos for Friday is just what we all need! 

smoky grilled chicken nachos

These are so easy, so delicious, covered in all the toppings and perfect for a crowd or just… yourself! 

tortilla chips with cheese and chipotle ranch

I love a good weekend easy dinner. Eddie and I would call this one of my cop-out dinners. Like I just don’t feel like throwing some huge together, and maybe we aren’t super hungry or we would rather have a snacky dinner. So I make sheet pan nachos. 

But they aren’t on a sheet pan.

They’re on the grill! 

Why haven’t I been grilling nachos my entire life? Someone please tell me. Throw some chips on a pan, cover in cheese, then top with allllll the favorite things.

Also, ideal for game day!

quick guacamole

This isn’t necessarily a RECIPE per se. I’m sure you’ve figured that out by now. It’s more so a method, and I guess the chipotle ranch is the real recipe because it’s fantastic and a staple in my fridge.

Oh and the chicken!! I have to tell you about the chicken. 

P.S. doesn’t the nacho picture above give you a major microwaved-nachos vibe or what? Not that these are microwaved, but oh my gosh tortilla chips and cheese, microwaved, was my love language growing up,

Not going to lie, sometimes I’ll still do it. Maybe like once a year, when I’m desperate. It definitely tastes like 1995. 

melty cheddar chip nacho

Okay so the major secret to this smoky chicken is how I flavor it. It’s TOTALLY a cheater’s version of smoky chicken, but I’ve been doing it for years. 

I’ve made it this way for sheet pan nachos forever now and everyone always flips over how delicious it is. It could NOT be easier.

First, all you need is a rotisserie chicken! That’s it. No big deal. Keep it simple. 

Then, toss that with some smoky spices (paprika! cumin!) as well as a drop of liquid smoke. I find the liquid smoke in the spice aisle of my local grocery store and have it on hand at all times. If you want to make chicken or pork in the slow cooker, it’s also GREAT to use in there. Just remember that a drop or two is enough!

smoky grilled chicken nachos

So see? Total cheater’s version. It’s not real smoked chicken, even though we do have a smoker and love it. But this is the insanely easy way out. Try it!  (more…)

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Grilled BBQ Pulled Pork & Sweet Corn Pizza.

This pulled pork pizza is loaded with fresh sweet corn, barbecue sauce, herbs, cheeses and pickled onions. So delicious and flavorful! Love me a good summer grilled pizza!  This is a big big favorite in our house. Pizza on the grill? Check. BBQ pulled pork, all saucy and tangy and wonderful? Check again. Super sweet […]

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This pulled pork pizza is loaded with fresh sweet corn, barbecue sauce, herbs, cheeses and pickled onions. So delicious and flavorful!

Love me a good summer grilled pizza! 

BBQ pulled pork & sweet corn pizza

This is a big big favorite in our house. Pizza on the grill? Check. BBQ pulled pork, all saucy and tangy and wonderful? Check again. Super sweet and crisp corn, at its peak flavor? Major check. 

You won’t want to stop eating this pizza, I swear!

BBQ pulled pork & sweet corn pizza ready for the grill

The pizza has just about everything I love. The pulled pork is amazing. The sweet corn is so delicious right now. I slice it directly from the cob on to the pizza – it’s refreshing and crunchy. Then we have melty cheese, more BBQ sauce, a bunch of fresh herbs and some pickled onions. 

Seriously, it has all the flavors that you need. 

BBQ pulled pork & sweet corn pizza

Pulled pork is quite possibly my favorite meat ever, so I’m always looking for new and fun ways to use it. It’s so versatile and everyone else in the house loves it, so I knew we couldn’t go wrong with pizza. Plus, I shared a pulled pork pizza nearly a decade ago that is also loaded with flavor. 

I knew a summer version would be incredible. 

BBQ pulled pork & sweet corn pizza

This recipe is PERFECT for leftover pulled pork. You know, if you have a party or even just a larger sunday dinner and have some pulled pork leftovers? Oh yes, this is exactly what you should do with it.

In fact, I would never make pulled pork JUST for this recipe. I mean, maybe with this in mind for leftovers, yes, but never just for it.

I love pulled pork way too much  – so if I’m making it, we’re most likely serving it as a sandwich! With lots of slaw and BBQ sauce of course.

BBQ pulled pork & sweet corn pizza

Or maybe – you even have pulled pork in the freezer? I often take the leftovers and toss them in the freezer. Or make a double batch at once so I can immediately freeze some for a future meal. It’s one of the only things I think is worth throwing in the freezer – and the flavor stays so well. 

It’s so good!

BBQ pulled pork & sweet corn pizza

Now I will say, if you’re just madly craving this pizza (don’t blame you, it’s fab!), there is another option! Both costco and the jack daniel’s brand makes prepared pulled pork and it’s in the cold/deli section. I’ve used it in a pinch for parties and it’s pretty good. All you do is heat it in the oven or even the slow cooker – or a saucepan! And you’ve got pulled pork for your pizza. Wins all around! 

When it comes to cheese, I like a mix of classic italian cheeses here with sharp white cheddar. The white cheddar gives a nod to the BBQ sauce and really brings out that sharp flavor. I highly suggest doing both!

Lots of BBQ sauce on top! Whatever sauce you love – any kind works, truly! I’d probably choose this cola BBQ sauce at the moment. If we’re talking jarred, I would pick bone suckin’ sauce!

You can also add on a few other clean-out-the-fridge ingredients if you’d like. Sliced red onion instead of pickled, jalapeno or bell peppers, even thinly sliced mushrooms.  (more…)

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Crispy Prosciutto and Charred Corn Arugula Salad.

This prosciutto corn arugula salad is so simple and flavorful! Charred corn, crispy prosciutto, peppery arugula and a parmesan vinaigrette! Absolutely delish. There’s a new favorite salad on the block! I won’t lie, I’m feeling the fall vibes now with it being September. I’m ready to jump head first into all the cozy soups and […]

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This prosciutto corn arugula salad is so simple and flavorful! Charred corn, crispy prosciutto, peppery arugula and a parmesan vinaigrette! Absolutely delish.

There’s a new favorite salad on the block!

crispy prosciutto & charred corn arugula salad

I won’t lie, I’m feeling the fall vibes now with it being September. I’m ready to jump head first into all the cozy soups and warming pasta dishes, but it’s still summer! And I can’t let my beloved sweet corn go It’s just the best and we only get it for, like, five minutes a year. Gotta make the best of it!

arugula with parmesan

Enter this lovely little salad. My goal was to create an easy summer house salad. Or just an easy summer greens salad. Something where the corn could shine, but nothing overwhelming or too crazy. I love a good “starter” salad and they definitely have their place in my meal plans when we’re trying to get in some greens.

crispy prosciutto

This salad TASTES super fancy and delicious. It tastes like it has more ingredients than you’d think. The only things in the salad are arugula greens, corn, prosciutto and parmesan! Of course – salt and pepper. And then, we drizzle with the vinaigrette. But our base consists of those four ingredients.

It’s so wonderful because those ingredients are delish on their own, and when they come together, it’s a simple flavor powerhouse.

Sweet, crisp corn.

Crispy, salty and savory prosciutto.

Peppery, refreshing arugula.

Buttery and nutty parmesan!

crispy prosciutto & charred corn arugula salad

I mean, I’m hungry just writing those out. Do they even need a dressing?! 

They do though. Because this dressing is FAB.

crispy prosciutto & charred corn arugula salad

I can’t even tell you how much I love the parmesan vinaigrette. If you haven’t had the blue cheese vinaigrette from Everyday Dinners yet, you are missing out. It’s this wonderful briney and tart vinaigrette that has blue cheese in it – which basically gets marinated in the dressing.

The parmesan is the same way, but since it has smaller pieces, it makes the dressing a bit more hearty and blends in. It’s fantastic. 

Also, super flavorful and works on SO many salads. You really can use it on anything!  (more…)

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Grilled Zucchini with Burrata and Pine Nuts.

This grilled zucchini is marinated in a tangy vinaigrette, covered in creamy burrata cheese and sprinkled with toasted pine nuts for crunch. Perfect side dish for summer with lots of flavor and crunch. I’ve got a new favorite way to eat something green! If you adore briney flavors like I do, along with all the […]

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This grilled zucchini is marinated in a tangy vinaigrette, covered in creamy burrata cheese and sprinkled with toasted pine nuts for crunch. Perfect side dish for summer with lots of flavor and crunch.

I’ve got a new favorite way to eat something green!

grilled zucchini with burrata and pine nuts

If you adore briney flavors like I do, along with all the grilled vegetables and burrata cheese, you’re going to LOVE this recipe. Promise.

zucchini slices

I’ve been craving a dish like this ever since making my grilled peppers with burrata a few months ago. That recipe is out of this world. The peppers are charred and sweet and drizzled with a tangy vinaigrette. Then topped with burrata and crunchy breadcrumbs!

Given my obsession with zucchini, I knew it had to be amazing!

So glad I was right.

grilled zucchini strips

It’s easy too!

I slice the zucchini and then draw some of the liquid out with some salt. Toss it on the grill, then marinate for a few minutes in a delicious red wine vinaigrette! Top it off with creamy burrata, crunchy and buttery toasted pine nuts and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

DEVOUR.

grilled zucchini with burrata

This is so unbelievably delicious. The zucchini is smoky but also has that briney flavor from the dressing. It softens perfectly while marinating for just a few minutes – I actually crave this flavor.

The burrata on top is so soft and melty and creamy. The pine nuts add the crunch that we all love so much. It’s just the perfect combination. (more…)

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Our Go-To Weeknight Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette.

This grilled steak salad is drizzled with blue cheese vinaigrette and loaded with tons of satisfying ingredients. Avocado! Pickled red onion! Pepitas! It’s a weeknight go-to that we love so much. Dinner tonight is going to be gooooood.  This salad is one of our go-do weeknight recipes. I make it when I have all the […]

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This grilled steak salad is drizzled with blue cheese vinaigrette and loaded with tons of satisfying ingredients. Avocado! Pickled red onion! Pepitas! It’s a weeknight go-to that we love so much.

Dinner tonight is going to be gooooood. 

everyday steak salad with blue cheese vinaigrette

This salad is one of our go-do weeknight recipes. I make it when I have all the ingredients. I make it when I have leftover steak from another recipe or an abundance of blue cheese or  pickled onions. Basically, it’s the recipe I make when we want steak salads!

Sometimes I might make fries on the side too. That’s neither here nor there.

(EXCEPT TRY IT!)

grilled filet

When we make salads for dinner, it’s always my goal to make sure they taste restaurant-worthy. You know? Like how salads taste so amazing in restaurants but then you try to make them at home and you’re just… disappointed? 

I usually start with a base like my house salad and go from there. I may take bits and pieces of what I love from my house salads, ultimately ending up with a base that suits the protein that I’m going to put on top. 

blue cheese vinaigrette

There are also must haves for me: lots of seasoning, tons of texture and crunch. Those are non-negotiables in my salads! 

We probably do chicken salads the most often. Or even leftover burger salads. But when we want a good steak-salad, this is how I do it. 

salad with avocado

First, the most important part.

The vinaigrette!

This blue cheese vinaigrette is a sneak peek of one of the recipes in Everyday Dinners and it is a DREAM. If you love blue cheese AND love briney, tangy vinaigrettes, you will love it.

Our local grocery store used to have a blue cheese vinaigrette that I loved. When I was no longer able to find it, I decided to create my own and then throw the recipe in Everyday Dinners. I make it ALL the time. The recipe is part of the sauces and dressings chapter (which is pure GOLD!) but it goes on the grilled steakhouse salad in the book. The flavor combo is just out of this world. 

everyday steak salad with blue cheese vinaigrette

The vinaigrette is a way to bring the blue cheese flavor to the steak without coating it in it. The blue cheese also “marinates” as it sits in the dressing, which is pretty fantastic too.

For the steaks, our favorite are filets (of course!) but occasionally I’ll do strip steaks too. Just lots of salt and pepper, high heat on the grill and a good rest before slicing. They are perfect that way. 

The rest of the salad is fairly basic. (more…)

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Grilled Goat Cheese Stuffed Zucchini.

These grilled zucchini boats are stuffed with a lemon and fresh basil goat cheese mixture, then topped with brown butter breadcrumbs! They are such a delicious side dish or pair perfectly with a big summer salad! Oh summer food, you’re just so amazing! I can’t get enough of our favorite summer eats right now. We […]

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These grilled zucchini boats are stuffed with a lemon and fresh basil goat cheese mixture, then topped with brown butter breadcrumbs! They are such a delicious side dish or pair perfectly with a big summer salad!

Oh summer food, you’re just so amazing!

grilled goat cheese stuffed zucchini

I can’t get enough of our favorite summer eats right now. We are in full blown summer relaxation mode at the moment. And because I’m technically taking some time off right now with the baby, I have more time to make delicious summer dishes and we’re really enjoying them. 

Like these grilled zucchini boats!

sliced zucchini with salt and pepper

Late last summer I made bruschetta quinoa stuffed zucchini boats and they are one of our most-made dishes. I just love them – they are so satisfying and full of flavor. 

goat cheese, basil, lemon, garlic

I knew I wanted to make a grilled version because we are obsessed with grilled zucchini. It may share the number one spot with crispy fried zucchini. And I wanted this one to be cheesy and simple, and that’s exactly what we’ve got.

Making vegetables taste this flavorful is my number one secret to getting veggie haters to eat them. I mean, I should know. I was a former veggie hater myself.

grilled goat cheese stuffed zucchini ready for the grill

Oh boy, let’s talk about this filling.

It is SO delicious.

It’s simple too.

All you have to do is mix goat cheese, lemon, basil and some crushed red pepper flakes. Oh and a pinch of salt and pepper! It’s easy breezy and also tastes amazing – like you may want to eat it right off the spoon.

grilled goat cheese stuffed zucchini

The combination is so summery. The goat cheesy has a slight tang to it, the lemon is bright and tart, the basil is refreshing and the red pepper adds the perfect bite. In fact, these flavors would make an incredible dip. (more…)

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Grilled Chicken Blueberry Salad with Herb Sugared Marcona Almonds.

This grilled chicken blueberry salad is perfect for a summer weeknight meal. Topped with herb candied almonds and drizzled with blueberry vinaigrette that is incredible and so flavorful. This bowl is the perfect lunch or dinner to take you through the rest of the season! Oh hi! Are you loving all these summer foods like […]

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This grilled chicken blueberry salad is perfect for a summer weeknight meal. Topped with herb candied almonds and drizzled with blueberry vinaigrette that is incredible and so flavorful.

This bowl is the perfect lunch or dinner to take you through the rest of the season!

grilled chicken blueberry salad

Oh hi! Are you loving all these summer foods like I am? I am living for the wonderful seasonal dishes right now and it makes me so happy to have some amazing summer salads on hand.

I obviously have many salads on the site that I adore! But I have to say, in the last two months I’ve been making two chicken salads over and over again – ones that we can’t stop eating.

This is one of them!

perfect grilled chicken

Since my goal in life is to make non-boring chicken dinners, I’m always here for this. And since my other goal is to do anything and everything I can to make salads more delicious, all the different combinations I can find are GOLD! 

Dinner gold, lunch gold, basically any-meal-I-can-get-my-hands-on-gold.

grilled chicken blueberry salad

Right now I’m all about the tomatoes and corn – they are about to peak here any day. We eat a ton of both in the summer, like multiple days a week. So sometimes it’s nice to have dishes – especially salads – that don’t include them. Some different flavors to break up the week, add some variety into the week. 

A salad loaded with blueberries is the perfect example. 

grilled chicken blueberry salad

So much good stuff here!

Grilled chicken, that is perfectly juicy and tender.

Spring greens, cucumbers, pickled onions, tons of avocado. 

Goat cheese! Yes, you could totally do another cheese if you wanted. Feta, cheddar, whatever you’d like.

Herb sugared almonds! Oh yes. These are DIVINE.

And blueberry vinaigrette. It’s dreamy. I want to drink it! Lovely for the season, lasts in the fridge for a few days, flavors everything up. 

pouring blueberry vinaigrette on salad

Also! These almonds are SO freaking good.

I took a note from the almonds in my blueberry summer salad. I sugar the marcona almonds with herbs and these are ridiculously. In the best way possible. (more…)

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Grilled Spatchcock Chicken with Cola BBQ Sauce.

This whole grilled spatchcock chicken is smothered in a homemade spice mixture and cola BBQ sauce. It’s smoky, sweet, savory and juicy! Perfect summer meal straight off the grill. Oh boy, I can’t even HANDLE how much we loooovvve this grilled chicken. This smoky, charred chicken is absolutely incredible – and smothered in a homemade […]

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This whole grilled spatchcock chicken is smothered in a homemade spice mixture and cola BBQ sauce. It’s smoky, sweet, savory and juicy! Perfect summer meal straight off the grill.

Oh boy, I can’t even HANDLE how much we loooovvve this grilled chicken.

grilled spatchcock chicken with cola bbq sauce

This smoky, charred chicken is absolutely incredible – and smothered in a homemade cola BBQ sauce that you will be licking off the spoon. It’s absolutely delightful!

homemade cola BBQ sauce

I’ve been craving my root beer BBQ sauce lately and knew I just had to make it. Instead of using it on grilled ribs, I decided to do a whole chicken as it’s one of our absolutely favorite ways to do chicken. 

We LOVE it.

Last year I threw together a really great spatchcock chicken recipe and never ended up sharing it with you. So! I knew I wanted to do another as it’s such a great dish to make for dinner.

A wonderful way to grill chicken – and a change up on the whole beer can chicken method on the grill. 

spatchcock chicken with spices

A spatchcock chicken can seem intimidating at first but I swear it’s SO simple. You’re going to split the whole chicken by removing the backbone and flattening it out. This helps it grill quicker and more evenly than if you just threw the whole chicken on the grates.

If you’ve ever made my smothered chicken and mushrooms recipe, then you know how it’s done!

If you haven’t, get a good pair of kitchen shears and cut out the backbone. It’s not that tricky and once you’ve done it one time, it’s not a big deal. You can make this recipe all the time – and it will seem EASY!  (more…)

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches.

We absolutely adore these grilled chicken caesar sandwiches! They are so juicy and flavorful, smoky and simple. The caesar dressing is practically drinkable and they are super easy to throw together. Perfect for a quick summer dinner! I’ve got a new favorite dinner in the line up for you! These grilled chicken caesar sandwiches are […]

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We absolutely adore these grilled chicken caesar sandwiches! They are so juicy and flavorful, smoky and simple. The caesar dressing is practically drinkable and they are super easy to throw together. Perfect for a quick summer dinner!

I’ve got a new favorite dinner in the line up for you!

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches

These grilled chicken caesar sandwiches are one of those meals that look ridiculously simple, and well… they kind of are. But they are SO incredibly flavorful and just taste so GOOD. These are idea for a warm summer evening or even a busy weeknight. Add in a glass of chilled white wine and HELLO it is heaven.

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches ready to go

I’m always looking for easy, delish dinner ideas for weeknights and these cannot be beat. I was inspired to make them after falling in love with my grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches last year – which we freaking LOVE! They are so flavorful and delicious.

I knew we could do something similar with another combo that I adore so much – chicken caesar salad! Just… minus the salad.

But we do have some green leaves sooooo… there’s that. 

greek yogurt caesar dressing

The caesar dressing is my classic fave that I’ve used for years. You’ve read me ramble about it for ages and it’s truly the best. Greek yogurt based with a little bit of everything. Don’t skip the anchovy paste! It really makes it taste like traditional caesar and adds that savory pop. 

You can make the dressing ahead of time and store it in the fridge. I don’t use the actual dressing as marinade, but instead toss together some olive oil, garlic and dijon for a quick marinade for the chicken. The caesar dressing is just going to be our sauce/topping for the sandwiches. Or our dip! Whatever you want it to be.

marinated grilled chicken

The marinade is so easy and you can let the chicken soak for 30 minutes or even overnight, whatever you have time for. The real kicker is how smoky and wonderful the chicken tastes right off the grill!

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches

I love to use brioche buns here (they are the best) and crispy romaine leaves for the sandwiches. This combo is what really makes up the chicken caesar flavor explosion.

It goes like this:

The brioche buns are buttery and soft. They almost melt in your mouth – and if you grill them? Even better. 

The romaine is so refreshing and crisp and reminds you of that base of a classic caesar salad.

Our chicken is smoky, flavorful and juicy. I like to use thin-sliced chicken breasts, whether you buy them like that or slice them thin yourself, because that’s just what I prefer to bite in to. You know?

And then the caesar dressing finishes it all off. That stuff is drinkable, I swear. (more…)

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Grilled Chicken Parmesan.

This grilled chicken parmesan is sponsored by ALDI! It’s a fun summer twist on the classic! Marinated balsamic chicken, melty mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil and tomato sauce come together to create the most delicious dinner. So ridiculously good! We’re taking our summer eats to a whole new level today and grilling our chicken parm! This […]

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This grilled chicken parmesan is sponsored by ALDI! It’s a fun summer twist on the classic! Marinated balsamic chicken, melty mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil and tomato sauce come together to create the most delicious dinner. So ridiculously good!

We’re taking our summer eats to a whole new level today and grilling our chicken parm!

grilled chicken parmesan

This classic fave is a dream when you grill it – the chicken is full of smoky flavor and super juicy, then it’s covered in melty cheese. And served with saucy sauce! And sprinkled with fresh basil and parmesan. I mean, it doesn’t get any better than this.

I wish I would have started grilling my chicken parmesan a decade ago!

sliced tomatoes and mozzarella

I’m so excited to be partnering with ALDI again to bring you this amazing warm weather recipe. Just in time for the sunshine to hit. It’s a great way to kick off the grilling season with one heck of a delicious meal too. ALDI has the best selection of seasonal food and super high-quality meats at an affordable price. Perfect for grilling season. When I’m planning out our weekly menus, their chicken and steak is always on my list.

As is the produce. You can’t beat the quality. 

marinating chicken in balsamic

Let’s make it! 

To start, I marinate the ALDI Simply Nature Organic Chicken Breasts in a balsamic mixture that is wonderful. I use their Specially Selected Olive Oil, Priano Balsamic Vinegar and Stonemill Dried Basil, along with some minced garlic, salt and pepper. It’s such a classic, simple marinade but really adds a ton of flavor to the chicken. You want to marinate it for at least 30 minutes or so – but I’ve even marinated it overnight too. And it’s a game-changer.

grilling the chicken parmesan

ALDI also has the most vibrant, fresh produce right now and I.am.here.for.it. Their tomatoes are incredible. I grabbed a bunch of the Campari tomatoes on the vine and sliced them up – perfectly juicy! While I don’t always add fresh tomatoes to chicken parm I may bake in the oven, adding it to this grilled version is the best way to elevate this meal. It gives it an even fresher take on the traditional dish and really adds something special. 

chicken with tomatoes and cheese off the grill

The other great thing?

We also have a variety of cheeses for this recipe! That’s what I love so much about this dish – while I love to use the Emporium Selection Fresh Mozzarella, you can also grab some of the Happy Farms Mozzarella Shredded Cheese or even the Happy Farms Deli Sliced Mozzarella! Whatever makes it easier on the grill for you! That’s what it’s all about here: we want the most flavorful chicken, tomatoes and cheese because they are the stars of the show. Topping it off with the fresh basil is just the icing on the cake.

grilled chicken parmesan

Grilling season always makes me so happy because I don’t have to turn on the oven in the warmer months! This recipe is no exception. You can make the entire thing on the grill. The only thing I do in the kitchen is warm up some of my sauce. That’s the last component to our recipe! I love to serve this on a light blanket of sauce, or with warm sauce for spooning over. I use the Simply Nature Organic Tomato Basil Sauce, and just heat it on the stovetop for a few minutes so it pairs perfectly with the chicken.

Top everything off with some freshly grated Emporium Selection Parmesan Cheese! And it’s DONE. 

grilled chicken parmesan

I mean, look at this plate!  (more…)

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