Grilled chicken with a pineapple-laced barbecue sauce and a tropical Caesar salad combine in this easy-to-serve dinner.
A barbecue sauce with sugar can burn and blacken the food. The secret is to use the sauce as a glaze, painting the food during the last few minutes of cooking. I serve the remaining sauce on the side.
• The chicken can be sauteed instead of grilled. Brown the chicken about 2 minutes per side, lower the heat to medium low, spoon a little sauce on top, cover and cook 5 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 170 degrees.
• Hawaiian rolls can be found in most supermarkets. They are a white, slightly sweet roll. Any rolls can be used.
• Fresh pineapple cubes can be found in the produce section of most supermarkets. Use the juice from the container for the barbecue sauce.
• Preheat grill.
• Prepare chicken.
• Make salad.
To buy: 2 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 1 container fresh pineapple cubes, 1 head romaine lettuce, 1 package chives. 1 small bottle pasta sauce, 1 small jar Dijon mustard, 1 piece Parmesan cheese, 1 small package Hawaiian rolls and 1 small bottle Caesar salad dressing.
Staples:Vegetable oil spray, sugar, salt and black peppercorns.
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PLACE chicken between 2 layers of plastic or parchment paper and flatten with a meat bat or the bottom of a heavy skillet.
MIX pasta sauce, pineapple juice, mustard and sugar together to make a sauce. Heat a grill to medium-high and spray the grates with vegetable oil spray.
SEAR chicken 2 minutes. Turn and sear second side 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste to the cooked side. Move chicken to a cooler area of the grill and spoon 1 tablespoon sauce over each piece. Cover with a lid or, if the grill does not have a cover, place foil over the chicken. Cook 2 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 170 degrees.
CUT rolls open and spray with vegetable oil spray. Place on grill for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove chicken to 2 dinner plates and serve remaining sauce and rolls on the side.Per serving: 334 calories (23 percent from fat), 8.4 g fat (1.7 g saturated, 3.3 g monounsaturated), 109 mg cholesterol, 38.9 g protein, 23.5 g carbohydrates, 1.7 g fiber, 438 mg sodium. Yield: 2 servings. Pineapple Caesar Salad 2 cups pineapple cubes (if large, cut in half) 4 cups Romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces 1/4 cup snipped chives 2 tablespoons bottled Caesar dressing 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
PLACE pineapple cubes and lettuce in a salad bowl. Add chives and dressing. Toss well. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese.Per serving: 196 calories (50 percent from fat), 10.9 g fat (2.3 g saturated, 2.5 g monounsaturated), 10 mg cholesterol, 4.2 g protein, 23.3 g carbohydrates, 4.2 g fiber, 264 mg sodium. Yield: 2 servings.