Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken
A couple years ago when camping with my family, my uncle grilled up some delicious chicken for dinner, I asked him how he makes it and he told me he just sprinkles some lemon pepper on it as it's grilling. So easy. We've been grilling up a lot of chicken at my house lately, as I've been slowly converting the rest of my family to a Paleo diet––and we always cook it like this! Well, not always––there was that one time (Monday) where I accidentally handed my dad lemon peel in a spice jar because I wasn't paying attention and it was right where the lemon pepper used to be in the spice cabinet. Oops. It was actually pretty tasty, but the lemon pepper is so much better. As many Paleo-ers say and live by––read your labels––all of them! Yesterday I began another round of Whole30––my third and certainly not my last! I always feel my best when I'm following its protocol. It's too easy to give in to the nut butters and the super sugary fruits (like pineapple) along with Paleo versions of foods that are so not Paleo (like cookies, pancakes, ice "creams" and more). I have no problem with Paleo-fying certain foods, but when almost everyday you're eating something bread-like or full of Paleo flours––you get to the point where you lose the amazing energy and general feeling you used to have from your diet. This happened to me this past week while trying to fine tune my previously mentioned cookie recipe. I'm spending the next 29 days (at least) cleaning up my diet! Day one went well, I woke up and had some broccoli-scrambled eggs with Cholula for breakfast along with half of an avocado and a handful of baby carrots. Around noon I had a handful of olives and a few slices of some homemade soppressata. I'm not really a lunch person, sometimes I'll have a snack around midday, but not usually. Normally, my breakfast is enough to hold me over until dinner time and I'm not even thinking about food in between. For dinner I had this lemon pepper grilled chicken along with some roasted broccoli and fresh coconut! I'm trying to keep the meals simple until I have time to do a big food shopping within the next few days. I think keeping meals simple is a major factor in the success or failure of a Whole30. I understand wanting to make new and exciting meals because you don't want to just eat the same boring foods for a month straight––believe me, because it'll happen to me as I try to keep up with this blog! However, if trying to go all out for certain meals is stressful, or too time consuming, or things don't turn out the way you'd expected, it can be discouraging––especially early on in the month. This happened during my second Whole30. I was away at school, I had a busy schedule between classes all day three days a week, commuting home to work for a day or two, and then having only one or two days to get all of my assignments done? Okay––I had enough time, but I also have a soft spot for the NHL... and it was hockey season all semester. I enjoy cooking, but I was trying way too hard to make different meals all of the time instead of just sticking to a handful of simple ones I knew I wouldn't get sick of, that it made me fall off track a few times and I ended up starting the month over! For the rest of this Whole30 (or however long it goes, I don't want to necessarily stop at the 30 day mark), I'll be posting as many new recipes as I make––some simple, like this easy grilled chicken recipe, others a little more complex and exciting like a smoked pork belly recipe I'm working on! Can you tell that I like pork, yet?
Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken
Prep Time: 0 min Cook Time: 15 min Total Time: 15 min Serves: 6
2lbs chicken parts (I like thighs and drumsticks)
~2 tbsp lemon pepper
*You don’t have to go crazy measuring the lemon pepper, just use enough to lightly coat your chicken
Place chicken parts on a very hot grill, sprinkle on about half of your lemon pepper, cover your grill. About 7-8 minutes later, flip your chicken over, sprinkle on the remaining lemon pepper, and cover grill. Keep the grill covered until the chicken is cooked through (about another 8 minutes).
Remove chicken from grill, sprinkle on another pinch of lemon pepper, if desired. Serve with your favorite vegetables and enjoy!