Saturday, July 19, 2008

Chicken with Grilled Tomato Sauce

The idea for this meal came from the fresh herbs that our growing like crazy in our garden. The basil & oregano said make tomato sauce to me but I wanted one that was full of fresh flavor & didn't need to be cooked inside. The cherry tomatoes for this are grilled on skewers until soft & then their heat wilts the fresh herbs bringing the flavors together. Matt would have liked the tomatoes to be broken down even more (perhaps with a food processor or blender) for a more saucy texture. I liked them just smooshed with a fork for a chunky sauce where you could still see the grill marks on the tomato skins.
Chicken with Grilled Tomato Sauce

Grilled Tomato Sauce

9-oz cherry or strawberry tomatoes
1/4 c fresh basil, chopped
1 T fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 T fresh oregano, chopped
1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
1 T red wine vinegar
salt & pepper

Put the tomatoes on skewers, if bamboo make sure to soak them in water for about 1/2 hour first. Cook over a medium direct heat on the grill until soft & brown. Keep an eye on them because if they get too soft you'll lose them too the fire.
Fresh herbs from the garden
Put the chopped herbs & garlic into a medium bowl. When the tomatoes are brown & soft take them off the grill & put them in the bowl with the herbs. Use a fork to smash the tomatoes into a chunky sauce. Stir in the olive oil & vinegar. Salt & pepper to taste.
Grilled Tomato Sauce

2 servings

We served the sauce over grilled chicken breast with freshly grated Parmesan & mozzarella. There was just enough to also serve it over a small side of pasta.


Peter M said...

Now, ain't that a money shot!!!

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

I'd rather have smooshed tomatoes, too. :)

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious. I agree with you on not processing the tomatoes - that chunky texture really works, both visually and gustatorially.

Shreya said...

Looks so delicious:-)

giz said...

I love this rustic look and loading up on herbs is so much better than heavy sauces and salt.

Beth (jamandcream) said...

I always prefer a chunky sauce - unfortunately hubby likes it not so chunky - looks like a great dish!

Deborah said...

My cherry tomatoes are still green, but they are getting close! This sounds fantastic!

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