We evacuated to the basement last night due to tornado warnings and are expecting more violent storms tonight, so dinner had to be something quick. I thought a sort of grilled chicken Cobb salad would do the trick.
I was going to whip up a marinade but at the store I saw Fowl Play chicken marinade from our friends at The Shed Barbecue and Blues Joint. I have tried a few of there sauces and marinades but I hadn't tried that one yet so I picked up a bottle.
To speed things up, I butterflied the chicken breasts so they would marinate and cook quickly, before the petulant storms returned. To do this, I picked out a pack of breasts at the store that was still partially frozen so it would be easier to slice. I press down with my free hand and simply, but very carefully, slice horizontally through it almost all of the way through, but stopping about 1/2 inch from the end.
Then just press it open like a book.
I put the butterflied breasts into a gallon zip top bag with some of the Fowl Play marinade. I tasted it and it has a good bit of acidity in there with lemon, lime, and vinegar. I thought that if most vinaigrettes also make good marinades, then maybe this marinade would make a good vinaigrette. It did.
Fowl Play Vinaigrette
Makes: about 3/4 cup
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: none
- 1/4 cup The Shed BBQ Fowl Play Marinade
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Put the Fowl Play, Dijon, and salt into a medium mixing bowl.
- Slowly stream in the oil while whisking rapidly until well combined.
- Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt and some pepper to taste, if desired.
I let them rest for a few minutes while I assembled the rest of the salad ingredients and then sliced the breasts.
Then it was just a matter of throwing it all together.
- Mixed salad greens
- Thin sliced red onion
- Halved cherry tomatoes (seasoned with salt)
- Shredded smoked cheddar cheese
- Crumbled bacon
- Chopped hard boiled egg
- Sour dough croutons
- Grilled Chicken