Food Friday is a day for Foodies. A Foodie is someone who loves to cook food, eat food, look at food, smell food or even talk about food. You don’t have to love to cook to enjoy Foodie Friday but if you have a recipe to share or if you would like to make your favorite dish or desert, we can share it with the World and we will welcome you with open arms.
On Monday (April 28th, 2013) we posted about our Parts Manager Eric Waddell, if you missed it you can read about it here. One way that Eric likes to relax and unwind is to take a seat on his deck and enjoy a nice Leinenkugel Summer Shandy. A shandy by definition is a Beer that has been mixed with a nonalcoholic drink, typically lemonade. You can make your own Shandy (recipes here) or you can pick up one of the three flavors that Leinenkugel offers in your local grocery store.
We went to the test kitchen and asked our resident Chef if he could come up with a way that we could cook with the Leinie and this is what he said… “I accept your challenge!” So we give to you our Summer Shandy Grilled Chicken. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments or on our Facebook Page.
First thing Chef came up with was a marinade for the chicken:
- 1 bottle of Summer Shandy
- 1 lemon – juiced
- 3/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
- 3/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea), or to taste
- 5 strips of lemon zest
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup coarsely cilantro
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Combine the lemon juice, hot pepper flakes, cracked pepper, and salt in a nonreactive (glass, ceramic, or stainless steel) bowl and whisk until the salt crystals are dissolved. Add the lemon zest, garlic, parsley and cilantro. Stir or whisk in the olive oil.
For our recipe we used chicken tenders from the tenderloin. You can use any chicken that you like from bone-in breasts/thighs/drumsticks to boneless skinless chicken.
Marinade the chicken for at least 6 hours, if overnight is an option choose that!
Now to the grill! Pre-Heat your grill and cook over direct medium high heat; A medium-high fire, 375-450°F, is just about perfect. Once the chicken registers 160°F on an instant read thermometer pull it off and let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving or cutting, this will allow the juices to work back into the meat and it will allow the internal temperature to rise to 165°F approved by the FDA.
If you are using bone-in chicken it will take about 30 minutes but Chef reminds us that “grilling is more of an art form than a chemistry experiment. If the chicken is not done even if you have had it on for 30 minutes then it just is not done.” If you are using boneless chicken it will take a shorter amount of time to cook, usually takes 5-8 minutes for one side.
We hope you get a chance to try our recipe, if you do please let us know in the comments or on our Facebook Page. Don’t forget we would love to feature one of your recipes or even a dish or recipe that you like to make! Check out all of our Foodie Friday photos on Pinterest.
Now you might be asking yourself, “what does Food and a Car Dealership have to do with one another?” Great question but a really easy one to answer… You see Buckeye is more than just a great group of Automotive Dealerships, we are a family of people assembled by the powers of good to working together TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE!! OK, a little too dramatic? In actuality our Owner, Jerry Spires, said it best when he said that “Buckeye is not in the car business, Buckeye is in the People business.” If you have not had the opportunity to experience what Jerry means, we think you really should. From our Award Winning Service and Parts team to our outstanding Sales department, Buckeye is here to take care of you and your vehicle. Buckeye also takes a lot of pride in developing our associates, many have been with the dealership for over 10 years. This does not happen by accident, it happens when you care about the People…. and saving The Universe! So what is one thing that most people love…FOOD! SO, Bring On The Food!