Summer is in full swing and grills everywhere are getting a workout. Sausages, burgers, and steaks are in high demand right now and it’s not hard to see why. These BBQ staples are near dear to so many people’s hearts. I myself have been flipping more than my fair share of burgers. But I realized the other day that chicken hadn’t graced my grill all that much this year. So I whipped up these Ginger Chicken Thigh Sandwiches to atone for my pitmaster faux pas. This is such a wonderful and effortless recipe and you don’t need much more than a cast-iron griddle or a tiny charcoal grill to pull it off. So whether you’re in a public park or your own backyard, you can totally pull these sammies off.
Sticky Chicken Thighs with Rice Noodle Salad
If you read this blog you know I love a good leisurely cook. I’m sure some would rather call them “cumbersome” or “needlessly complicated” but I stand by the word leisurely. My recipes tend to celebrate the act of cooking, making a meal out of, well, making a meal. But when the summer hits that all goes out the window. If the sun is shining you will not find me assembling agnolotti. What you will find me doing is tossing protein in a hastily prepared marinade before abandoning it in my fridge. And from there the protein is grilled and served alongside a salad I cobbled together from things in my crisper and, hopefully, a glass of cold beer. It’s a whole different vibe. And today’s Sticky Chicken Thighs with Rice Noodle Salad fits very comfortably into that vibe.
Beer-Braised Chicken Tostadas
I’m a terrible gardener. But people tend to think of me as the green-thumb type because I work with food. And I suppose a lot of food people are green thumb people, but I am certainly not one of those people. I think it all comes down to a general dislike of yardwork. I love being outside but weeding is not my idea of a good time. But what makes weeding better? Cooking something slowly and lazily on the BBQ while you work. Something like these Beer-Braised Chicken Tostadas with Schmaltzy Refried Beans. Oh! And a cold beer reward certainly doesn’t hurt.
Chicken Tender Sliders with Sweet and Sour Slaw
It may only be Wednesday but these Chicken Tender Sliders have “weekend” written all over them. Inspired by the chicken nuggets I coveted in my youth, these sliders feature pita-crusted chicken tenders served on mini kaiser buns topped with sweet and sour slaw. The sweet and sour slaw is simply a bag of coleslaw mix dressed with a homemade sweet and sour sauce. This is, of course, a nod to the best nugget dipping sauce around. I know there are probably people who would disagree with that statement but BBQ has nothing on sweet and sour.