Sew you think you can Cook? Sew? Dance? I’ll only claim to knowing how to cook, and sometimes even that is questionable. It’s time for the monthly installment of the Blogger C.L.U.E. Society and this month I was assigned to Lauren from “Sew You Think You Can Cook”.  Lauren is an energetic, aerospace engineer, who is now dedicating her time to staying home with her one-year old son. She has aspirations to transition her career and become a caterer. If that is not enough, Lauren also quilts, crafts and throws parties. I’m exhausted just thinking about how active her life is!

Rafa

Rafa – he makes my heart melt – look at those eyes!

This month our theme was Grilling. I know you are expecting a cocktail from me, because how can you grill and throw a good BBQ without a cocktail? But I’m throwing a curve ball this month and decided to try Lauren’s Chinese Barbeque Chicken. Sous Chef loves Asian flavors, and I thought I could “grill” this indoors since our temps have been abnormally hot for June (trust me, no one wants to grill when its 114 outside). Clearly, this was not my shining moment in recipe selection as I missed the part about a slow-cooker (I don’t own one). I may have also missed the fact that my kitchen was missing hoisin sauce but had Black Bean Garlic Sauce from a Sunday Supper recipe (forgot it was thrown out when we went on the low-sodium diet). Long and short of it was that I was forced to make a couple tweaks to the recipe to fit the ingredients/appliances available to me and the end result was quite delightful. I do intend to buy a slow-cooker (or maybe someone will take the hint and buy it for my birthday or Christmas – hint, hint, Sous Chef) and pick up a jar of hoisin sauce when I’m at the market next so I can make Lauren’s exact version. Lauren’s recipe though is the perfect example of a recipe that can be successfully replicated if you need to substitute for similar ingredients at hand. It is important to remember to be fearless in the kitchen and adapt as necessary.

Asian Style Grilled Chicken Breast

Asian Style Grilled Chicken Breast

Make sure to check out all the appetizing recipes on Lauren’s site “Sew You Think You Can Cook”, and the rest of the great recipes the Blogger C.L.U.E. Society members rounded up for you this month!

Rafa unofficial food stylist for Confessions of a Culinary Diva

Rafa – our unofficial “Food Stylist” forgot to mention that I had needed to wipe a few spots of the sauce off the plate, I think he thought he would get to taste them if he forgot to mention it!

Grilled Asian-Style Chicken
 
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Serves: 2-4

Ingredients
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup Black Bean Garlic Sauce
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ soy sauce or soy sauce substitute such as Bragg’s Amino Acids
  • ¼ cup California Balsamic Pepper Fig Spread
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon crushed/minced garlic
  • sesame seeds for garnish
  • fresh basil for garnish

Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients (except chicken breasts) in a mason jar and shake vigorously to combine well. Pour mixture over both sides of chicken breasts and marinate in refrigerator at least one hour.
  2. Heat grill or grill pan. Place chicken breasts on grill pan and cook approximately 5 minutes per side.
  3. Garnish with leftover sauce, sesame seeds and basil.