Dirigo Dish: Grilled Chicken with Vegetables

The American Heart Association offers lots of great ideas for tasty and healthy recipes, like this one that’s perfect for the grill. Find more healthy new recipes over at www.heart.org!

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 4 ounces each)
  • 1 small zucchini, cut lengthwise into slices 1/4 inch wide
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut crosswise into 4 rings
  • 1/4 small eggplant (about 4 ounces), cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Transfer 1 teaspoon of the mixture to a large shallow dish. Reserve the remaining mixture.
  2. Stir the lemon zest, lemon juice, and oil into the basil mixture in the shallow dish. Dip the chicken in the mixture, turning to coat. Transfer to a large plate. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes to 8 hours.
  3. Preheat the grill on medium high.
  4. Put the zucchini, bell pepper, and eggplant on a flat surface. Lightly spray both sides of the vegetables with cooking spray. Sprinkle both sides with the reserved basil mixture. Using your fingertips, gently press the mixture so it adheres to the vegetables.
  5. Grill the chicken for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink in the center. After grilling the chicken on one, side, put the zucchini, bell pepper, and eggplant on the grill. Grill the vegetables for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until tender. Serve the chicken with the vegetables on the side.

The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!

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