Over the Memorial Day weekend, I hosted a barbecue and made a ton of new recipes. One of them was Blackened Chicken Breasts with Cajun Tartar Sauce. The chicken came out perfectly juicy and the tartar sauce was a great compliment for it. Try it at your next barbecue!
Blackened Chicken Breasts with Cajun Tartar Sauce (Serves 4-6)
Recipe from Phillis Carey
1 Tbsp coarse salt
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp sweet paprika
1 Tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp. dried thyme
2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. white pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne
4 to 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 Tbsp Creole or Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp minced shallots
1 Tbsp minced pimento stuffed olives
1 Tbsp minced pickled jalapeños
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice or more to taste
1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning reserved from chicken rub
1 tsp. Crystal hot sauce or to taste (can also use Frank’s or Tabasco)
1. Combine the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, thyme, peppers and cayenne in a small bowl to make the rub. Remove 1 Tbsp of the rub to a small bowl and whisk in tartar sauce ingredients, adding more lemon juice and/or hot sauce to taste. (Keeps refrigerated up to 1 week.)
2. Preheat grill. Trim chicken and pound between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to an even 1/2 inch thickness. Coat the chicken well with the rub.
3. Brush the chicken with the melted butter (over the rub) and grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Serve chicken topped with a dollop of the tartar sauce (passing the remaining sauce) and a lemon to squeeze over all.
For lunch on Saturday, my husband picked up Marketplace Grill.
Grilled Chicken Greek Salad. SO good.
We went out that night to a event for a group my husband belongs to at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. The event started with a cocktail hour in the courtyard.
Ashley and I:
We moved into the ballroom for dinner. Our meal started with Crispy Polenta with Wild Mushrooms and Fontina Fondue:
The polenta was dry but the fontina fondue was good!
Our second course was Spinach Salad with Toasted Pecans, Strawberries and Asiago Balsamic Vinaigrette:
Minus the strawberries, it was good.
My main course was Pancetta Wrapped Halibut with Sweet Potato Puree, Asparagus and Lemon:
The fish was super dry and the sweet potato puree was too much like baby food. Fail.
Thank goodness for dessert: German Chocolate Cake:
I went grocery shopping and picked up some sushi for lunch.
Alicia and her family came over for a barbecue. I kept it really simple. Chicken sausages, corn on the cob, baked beans and Trader Joe’s potato salad.
Alicia brought over a yummy chocolate mousse cake for dessert:
Ah Monday. I really don’t like you. At least this time, I had something to look forward to. After I took the kids to school (this is their last week!), I met some of my PTO friends at The Broken Yolk for breakfast. I had a veggie egg white omelet, sliced tomatoes and wheat toast.
Afterwards, I ran some errands and came home. My husband is hosting her poker group at our house tomorrow night so I started making and prepping some of the food.
Lunch was half a turkey and cheddar sandwich, veggies and ranch dressing.
Happy Monday all!
What do your Mondays typically look like?