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Recipe of the Week!

July 9, 2010

Now that the weather has mellowed out a bit, it’s time to fire up that grill for the weekend and this recipe, courtesy of the Hannaford supermarket magazine, has a great summertime, tropical feel to it.  The potent garlic and cilantro flavors meld beautifully with the citrus components, tied together by the cider vinegar.  Serve it with rice and fresh fruit (or even plantains for an authentic Puerto Rican delight), and it’s a great summer meal – certainly good enough to be this week’s Recipe of the Week!  Enjoy.

Grilled Chicken with Garlicky Mojito Sauce

(serves 4)

2/3 tablespoon olive oil

1 each sweet onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves

3 tablespoons cider vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

4 cilantro sprigs for garnish

Preheat grill to medium-high. While grill heats, prepare mojito sauce. In a heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until softened slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.  In food processor or blender, pulse cilantro with vinegar and lemon, lime, and orange juices until leaves are coarsely chopped.  Add onion mixture, salt, sugar, and pepper, and pulse until smooth. Pour sauce into small serving bowl or gravy boat. May be served slightly warm or at room temperature.  Prepare chicken. Brush each breast with oil and grill over direct heat for 4 minutes on each side, or until done. Place breasts on individual plates and slice diagonally into 8 slices. Drizzle generously with mojito sauce, serving extra sauce on the side. Garnish with sprigs of cilantro.

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