Labor Day Grilling

Family and friends have enjoyed the recipe below for some time now:)  My brother fell in love with this combo in 2003.  My brother-in-law makes the pork version ever since I made it for a special dinner for my sisters and brothers-in-law when they came to visit San Diego in 1999.  Costco has big, beautiful center cut pork chops that can be marinated the same as the chicken recipe below and then grilled.

Florida and other places south and west can still grill for a while yet, but for those of you up north, you may want to add this into your Labor Day grilling repertoire:)

Costco Organic Boneless Chicken Breasts

2 oz (double shot glass) of Martini & Rossi Dry Vermouth per 4 breasts

Lawry’s Seasoning Salt

Fresh ground pepper

Italian Seasoning


Hot Pepper Flakes

3-4 cloves fresh minced garlic

2 large zucchini

2 medium summer yellow squash

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Wash and pat dry chicken breasts.  In glassware (I use a Pyrex pie plate for 3 breasts; any glassware will do), place chicken and pour vermouth over the breasts.  Layer the following on each side facing up:  seasoning salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, Thyme, hot pepper flakes, minced garlic.  Flip chicken over and repeat on fresh side.  Cover and let marinate for 30 – 60 mins.

Wash zucchini and yellow squash and dry.  Trim ends of each.  Slice each squash vertically into 1/4″ slices.  In baking dish large enough to mix slices, coat bottom with EVOO.  Add sliced squash and mix with EVOO.  Sprinkle with seasoning salt, ground pepper, Italian seasoning, hot pepper and fresh minced garlic.  Toss until all slices are coated.

If your grill is big enough, you can grill the chicken and zucchini at the same time; with the veggies on the outer perimeter.  They don’t take as long to grill, but do take 3 -4 mins per side depending on how thick you made your slices.  The best ones have grill marks on them and are soft to the bite!  Grill chicken for 6-7 minutes per side depending on thickness or however long your Grill Master deems àpropos.

Serve with salad and your choice of white wine … I like Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay with this meal.

Bon appetit!  Happy Labor Day weekend peeps:)


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