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Pineapple brightens chicken grill, Caesar salad

By Linda Gassenheimer

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  • Hawaiian

    Barbecue Chicken

    2 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts

    1/4 cup pasta sauce

    2 tablespoons pineapple juice (from pineapple cubes)

    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

    2 teaspoons sugar

    Vegetable oil spray

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    2 Hawaiian rolls (1 ounce each)

    PLACE chicken between 2 layers of plastic or parchment paper and flatten with a meat bat or the bottom of a heavy skillet.

    MIX pasta sauce, pineapple juice, mustard and sugar together to make a sauce. Heat a grill to medium-high and spray the grates with vegetable oil spray.

    SEAR chicken 2 minutes. Turn and sear second side 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste to the cooked side. Move chicken to a cooler area of the grill and spoon 1 tablespoon sauce over each piece. Cover with a lid or, if the grill does not have a cover, place foil over the chicken. Cook 2 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 170 degrees.

    CUT rolls open and spray with vegetable oil spray. Place on grill for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove chicken to 2 dinner plates and serve remaining sauce and rolls on the side.

    Per serving: 334 calories (23 percent from fat), 8.4 g fat (1.7 g saturated, 3.3 g monounsaturated), 109 mg cholesterol, 38.9 g protein, 23.5 g carbohydrates, 1.7 g fiber, 438 mg sodium.

    Yield: 2 servings.


  • Pineapple

    Caesar Salad

    2 cups pineapple cubes (if large, cut in half)

    4 cups Romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

    1/4 cup snipped chives

    2 tablespoons bottled Caesar dressing

    2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    PLACE pineapple cubes and lettuce in a salad bowl. Add chives and dressing. Toss well. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese.

    Per serving: 196 calories (50 percent from fat), 10.9 g fat (2.3 g saturated, 2.5 g monounsaturated), 10 mg cholesterol, 4.2 g protein, 23.3 g carbohydrates, 4.2 g fiber, 264 mg sodium.

    Yield: 2 servings.



Grilled chicken with a pineapple-laced barbecue sauce and a tropical Caesar salad combine in this easy-to-serve dinner.

A barbecue sauce with sugar can burn and blacken the food. The secret is to use the sauce as a glaze, painting the food during the last few minutes of cooking. I serve the remaining sauce on the side.

Helpful Hints

• The chicken can be sauteed instead of grilled. Brown the chicken about 2 minutes per side, lower the heat to medium low, spoon a little sauce on top, cover and cook 5 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 170 degrees.

• Hawaiian rolls can be found in most supermarkets. They are a white, slightly sweet roll. Any rolls can be used.

• Fresh pineapple cubes can be found in the produce section of most supermarkets. Use the juice from the container for the barbecue sauce.

Countdown

• Preheat grill.

• Prepare chicken.

• Make salad.

Shopping List

To buy: 2 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 1 container fresh pineapple cubes, 1 head romaine lettuce, 1 package chives. 1 small bottle pasta sauce, 1 small jar Dijon mustard, 1 piece Parmesan cheese, 1 small package Hawaiian rolls and 1 small bottle Caesar salad dressing.

Staples:Vegetable oil spray, sugar, salt and black peppercorns.

Miami Herald

Gassenheimer: DinnerInMinutes.com

To see printable recipes, click on links below:

Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken

Pineapple Caesar Salad

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