Happy first week of summer! It has been so hot here in California and it finally cooled down for some outdoor bbq-ing. What better way to celebrate by making one of my summer favorite go to recipes. I love this recipe because it is easy, quick, refreshing and delicious. When I first came across this recipe I thought watermelon and chicken together?! I was a little unsure of it, but now it is a summer favorite in my family. Not to mention it is incredibly easy to make on a week night.
I quickly threw all 4 ingredients for the marinade this morning in a bag before leaving for work, and let the chicken marinate all day to give it the perfect chili lime flavoring.
2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp. chili sauce with garlic
1 tbsp. dark sesame oil
4 skinless chicken breasts (you can also substitute for chicken thighs)
After getting home from work, I made the watermelon salsa. You want to make the salsa early enough, so that it will have enough time to chill in the refrigerator before serving.
2 cups diced seeded watermelon
1/4 cup diced yellow bell pepper
2 tbsp. thinly sliced green onions
1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp. grated peeled fresh ginger
2 tsp. mirin (sweet rice wine)
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
1/8 tsp. salt
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
Mix all of the above ingredients in medium mixing bowl and stir together. Then place in the refrigerator to chill until chicken is cooked.
Next, grill chicken on the bbq until cooked. After, place chicken on a plate and garnish with watermelon salsa, a lime wedge, and a sprig of fresh cilantro. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!