Foodie Friday: Safe Grilling Tips And A Recipe For Zesty Grilled Chicken

One of the benefits of summer is firing up the grill. Somehow, food just tastes better when it’s cooked outdoors. 

From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, here are the three steps to food-safe grilling:

Step 1: Whether it’s a public grill of the one in your backyard, scrub the grill with hot, soapy water before use.

Step 2: Wash your hands before, during and after grilling.

Step 3: If you’re grilling on the go, pack some hand sanitizer or moist towelettes to keep your hands clean.

Now that you’re ready, here’s a terrific and fast chicken recipe for the grill:

Zesty Grilled Chicken with Thyme


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
2 teaspoons Dijon-type mustard
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 sprigs fresh thyme (about ¼ teaspoon)
1 teaspoon horseradish (optional)


Combine all ingredients except chicken in a bowl or container large enough to accommodate the chicken breasts. Coat the chicken breasts with the mixture and let stand at least 15 minutes. Grill approximately five minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through. 

If you like a bit of crust, roll in unseasoned bread crumbs before grilling. Or sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. You can also substitute fresh oregano for the thyme.

Serves four

Each serving contains about 133 calories, 27 g protein, 2 g fat (14 percent calories from fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 1 g carbohydrates, less than 1 g fiber, and 110 mg sodium.

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