Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Barbecue Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Barbecue Sauce
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Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Barbecue Sauce

Erika Monroe-Williams

Summer makes me think of many things from my childhood… climbing trees, picking berries on Mt. Hood in Oregon, swimming for hours, mosquito bites, making freshly churned vanilla ice cream with fresh peaches, barbecues… and watermelon. Watermelon was served almost every day and we just couldn’t get enough of the juicy and sweet treat. Here’s an unusual way of serving a classic summer staple.

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Directions

For the salad

Preheat the grill over medium to medium-high heat.

Put the watermelon wheels on the grill for 2-3 minutes, then turn 90 degrees to make a crisscross pattern with the char marks and grill for 2-3 minutes longer. Flip and repeat. Remove from the grill, and once cool, cut the wheels into quarters so it’s easier to cut the rind. Cut the watermelon into cubes.

In a bowl, combine the watermelon with the cucumbers, red onion, jalapeño, pepitas, cilantro, and queso fresco. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, then serve the delicious salad over a bed of microgreens.

For the chicken

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the watermelon for about 5 minutes, then add the red onion. Let the onion and watermelon cook uncovered for about 20 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, canola oil, Dijon mustard, and garlic salt. Cook for 30 more minutes.

Meanwhile, lay the chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound/tenderize the chicken using a meat mallet or a large, heavy-bottomed pan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Preheat the grill over medium-high heat.

Brush the chicken on both sides with just enough canola oil to coat. Grill until just cooked through, about 8 minutes per side. Serve with the sauce on top and the salad.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

990 kcal

Daily value:

50%

Servings:

2
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 73 g
  • Protein 37 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 66 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 958 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 93 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 12 mg
  • Vitamin D 28 IU
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 3 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 10 µg
  • Alanine 2 g
  • Arginine 5 g
  • Ash 8 g
  • Aspartic acid 3 g
  • Betaine 3 mg
  • Calcium, Ca 255 mg
  • Carotene, alpha 4 µg
  • Carotene, beta 402 µg
  • Cholesterol 19 mg
  • Choline, total 19 mg
  • Copper, Cu 1 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 119 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 16 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 31 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 15 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans 2 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans-monoenoic 2 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 3 g
  • Folate, DFE 73 µg
  • Folate, food 73 µg
  • Folate, total 73 µg
  • Fructose 4 g
  • Glucose (dextrose) 5 g
  • Glutamic acid 6 g
  • Glycine 2 g
  • Histidine 1 g
  • Iron, Fe 9 mg
  • Isoleucine 1 g
  • Lactose 1 g
  • Leucine 2 g
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 160 µg
  • Lysine 1 g
  • Magnesium, Mg 555 mg
  • Manganese, Mn 2 mg
  • Methionine 1 g
  • Niacin 5 mg
  • Pantothenic acid 1 mg
  • Phenylalanine 2 g
  • Phosphorus, P 920 mg
  • Potassium, K 1138 mg
  • Proline 1 g
  • Retinol 55 µg
  • Selenium, Se 11 µg
  • Serine 2 g
  • Sodium, Na 1082 mg
  • Sucrose 14 g
  • Sugars, total 40 g
  • Threonine 1 g
  • Tocopherol, gamma 2 mg
  • Tyrosine 1 g
  • Valine 2 g
  • Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 1 µg
  • Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 1 µg
  • Water 229 g
  • Zinc, Zn 11 mg
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