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I mentioned on one of my other blogs, that we were starting the P90X Diet Program at the beginning of June. There are several reasons why we chose this specific program after spending hours researching our specific need online, and getting approval from physicians before beginning. In the morning, we alternate between two “shakes” I’ll be sharing here soon, for breakfast. We have 2 small snacks, and salads for lunch. This is what one of our typical dinners looks like. I haven’t had many “new” recipes to share lately, because, honestly, we’ve been grilling out every night for dinner. Chicken 5 nights a week, Lean Beef once, and Pork once. We needed to get through the first 30 days of strict regimen before we begin slowly incorporating some other things back in. Nick and the boys get 2 vegetables with their dinner, I get my vegetable allowance at lunch, so my dinner is 6oz of Grilled Chicken. It’s taken some getting used to, no potatoes or bread, but after the first week, I wasn’t starving after only eating 6 oz of chicken for dinner. *Side Note: I do have many recipe pictures on my computer that I haven’t had the chance to post yet, some from months ago! So, you will see some of those soon, even though they aren’t approved for this “diet” that I’m currently following. Since we are eating Grilled Chicken 5 nights a week, it takes some level of creativity to “spice” things up (pun intended) so we don’t feel like we are eating the same thing every.single.night. We have been experimenting with a variety of spices, rubs, and marinades. Some we’ve all loved, some have had mixed reviews, some have been eaten – but put on the never buy again list. Some favorites are:

  • Weber Chicken ‘N Rib Seasoning – This one is mine and Aaron’s favorite. It’s mild and gives the chicken a phenomenal favorite. I use it at least once per week, sometimes twice if Nick, Joshua, and Logan are having stir fry, and it’s just Aaron and I eating the Grilled Chicken.
  • McCormick Grill Mates Molasses Bacon – This is my second favorite, as far as flavor goes. I don’t like “hot” spicy food, though the boys all do. I am a little heavier on the amount of rub I use on theirs than mine. It does have a “little” kick in my opinion, though they all think it’s fairly mild.
  • Weber Kick’n Chicken Seasoning – I’ll be honest. This is WAY, WAY too hot for me. I think it’s the Red Pepper. Nick, Joshua, and Logan love it though. On this night, I put the Chicken ‘N Rib Rub on mine and Aaron’s, we just can’t take the heat 🙂
  • Lowe’s Seasoning  – this one doesn’t have a brand or link that I can find. It’s in a small brown package near the grilling tools and utensils at our local Lowe’s, and just says “Chicken Rub” on it. It’s a favorite among everyone.
  • McCormick Grill Mates Lemon Pepper with Herbs – So very yummy and lemony.
  • Weber Original BBQ Sauce – for nights we want BBQ Chicken, we add this near the end so it can carmelize on the chicken, and it’s delicious!
  • A.1. Marinade Mix Savory Garlic & Herb – The 1.25 oz packages I get at the supermarket aren’t on the KraftFoods.com website, it only shows bottles that ironically, aren’t in my local store. Also, the website listed on the package – what I typed before – redirects to KraftBrands.com – no idea why. I took the picture above on the table, so y’all could see which one I was referring to, since I couldn’t find a link.
  • McCormick Grill Mates Smokehouse Maple – the first time I had this, was at a party where Nick’s boss had used it on a Boston Butt Pork Roast in the slow cooker. Y’all, it was DIVINE. I *may* have made an embarrassing moan and closed my eyes when I bit into that sandwich. My mouth is watering, just thinking about it. I don’t have his recipe – yet – and haven’t gotten mine to turn out as delicious as his was. However, it is quite tasty on grilled chicken too!
  • McCormick Grill mates Mesquite Marinade – I put this with the chicken in a large ziplock in the refrigerator about 2 hours before I plan to grill it. It is delicious.
There are several other rubs and marinades we use, and a long list we want to try, but those are the “favorites” of the moment. On to how we cook the chicken:
When we first started grilling the chicken, we wanted to do it on indirect heat, so it would stay moist and juicy. However, especially during the week, time doesn’t allow for that, so we are using direct heat.
Grilled Chicken
Recipe Type: Grilling
Author: Karen
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Marinade or Dry Rub of your choice
Instructions
  1. I put the marinade on and let it sit, or put the dry rub on and let it sit in the fridge for a bit, until I’m ready to cook it. We have a gas grill. I grill over medium heat (between 350-400 degrees). I place the chicken breast side down for about 10 minutes, flip it, and grill for another 10 minutes. We have a pronged food thermometer. At the 20 minute mark, I insert it to test the temperature. I am looking for it to hit at least 181 degrees, well done for chicken.
  2. *Note: Smaller, thinner breasts might cook faster. Plump, thicker breasts might cook slower. Nick has had food poisoning from chicken at a restaurant before. Personally, I’d rather eat chicken that’s a tad overcooked and dry than risk eating under-cooked chicken and someone get food poisoning again. It wasn’t pretty.
The meat thermometer I use is similar to (*Affiliate Link) this one. The brand name is worn off the one we have, but it looks very similar to this one. You tell it what type of meat you are cooking, and what level of doneness is desired. It reads the temperature and beeps if it’s ready. This one, like mine, takes 2 AA Batteries to function. Someone messaged me that they felt like $25 was a lot to pay for this type of tool. My response is this: There may be cheaper options available, this is just the closest I could find to what I personally have. I do not recall how much I paid for mine. However, should you or someone you have to clean up after get food poisoning from under-cooked food, you will likely concur with me that $25 is a bargain for a tool to help you ensure future cooked meat has reached a safe temperature 🙂
*Disclosure: This post is NOT sponsored or endorsed in any way, there is ONE affiliate link, shared for the benefit of those looking for a meat thermometer for their grill, so they’d know where to find one. None of the brands or programs mentioned are associated with me or this blog in any way. Although, should they “stumble” upon this and feel led to send me free product or coupons to help reduce my grocery bill, I would not be opposed to that. Just sayin’ 🙂

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Meme

Saturday 24th of June 2017

This looks like a recipe my whole family will enjoy. Will definitely be trying this one soon

Shakeia Rieux

Saturday 24th of June 2017

I never use marinade mix when I grill chicken, but it is definitely something I will be trying.

Dawn C

Saturday 24th of June 2017

Looks yummy!

Mya Murphy

Saturday 24th of June 2017

Looks super delightful... love chicken!! And easy recipe? I'm in!

Anita Jude

Saturday 24th of June 2017

love to make chicken on the grill and it sounds delicious

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