There is no better shortcut than finding a way to get the taste of grilled chicken or burgers when you are bereft of an actual grill (or you barely know how to light one). I never knew how much of the Grill Life I was missing until my Mom got me the best cast iron grill pan a girl could want. (I do realize other people have had them for a long time!)
Yummy stuff I grill in my grill pan:
Tomatoes, like for this recipe
Fish (tuna is the best!)
Sandwiches, but mostly grilled cheese
The grill pan is easy, quick and even a cinch to clean (don’t scrub it, it needs to stay oiled and seasoned) I can’t even tell you how much I use it and how much more varied my meal planning is because I can do it in the grill pan.
Easy Grill Pan Chicken
I grilled chicken for a salad for dinner and then some chicken salad for lunch the next day (remember this recipe?) last weekend with my friend, Arlene (one of my most reliable posters on Shortcut Girl). She loved the chicken so I wanted to share the marinade that we use pretty often that always seems to be a hit.
I could not find the exact kind but something like this is what we use- we usually do it overnight.
Clean and cut chicken as desired
Turn grill pan on high and put a tablespoon of olive oil on pan
Sear chicken on one side for 2-3 minutes.
Turn and sear other side for 3-5 minutes.
Turn down chicken to medium to cook through OR put in 250 degree oven to cook through
We cut it into strips to put on top of salad and then cut up the rest the for curry chicken salad. It was so good!
well priced grill pans can be found at TJ Maxx, Homegoods, etc. Don’t cheap out on one, make sure it’s cast iron- its so worth it!