Grilled Chicken Ratatouille

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We gave this classic Provençal dish a taste of summer by grilling the vegetables traditionally used in ratatouille (bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, tomato). Topped with grilled chicken, it makes an easy main course for summer entertaining. We like fresh marjoram and basil to complement the flavors, but any fresh herb will work. Serve with polenta and a glass of Pinot Noir.

Grilled Chicken Ratatouille
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • 1 chopped fresh marjoram

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • Canola or olive oil cooking spray

  • 1 red bell pepper , halved lengthwise, stemmed and seeded

  • 1 small eggplant , cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds

  • 1 medium zucchini , halved lengthwise

  • 4 plum tomatoes , halved lengthwise

  • 1 medium red onion , cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds), trimmed and tenders removed (see Note)

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar

Directions
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

  2. Combine oil, basil, marjoram and salt in a small bowl and reserve 1 tablespoon of the mixture in another small bowl; set aside.

  3. Coat both sides of bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, tomato and onion pieces with cooking spray. Grill the vegetables, turning once, until soft and charred in spots, about 5 minutes per side for the pepper, 4 minutes per side for the eggplant and zucchini and 3 minutes per side for the tomatoes and onion.

  4. As the vegetables finish cooking, place them in a large bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

  5. Rub the tablespoon of reserved herb mixture on both sides of chicken and sprinkle with pepper. Grill the chicken until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

  6. Meanwhile, transfer the grilled vegetables to a cutting board and chop into 1-inch pieces. Return to the bowl and toss with vinegar and the remaining herb mixture. Serve the grilled chicken with the ratatouille.

Note: It’s difficult to find an individual chicken breast small enough for one portion. Removing the thin strip of meat from the underside of a 5-ounce breast—the “tender”—removes about 1 ounce of meat and yields a perfect 4-ounce portion. Wrap and freeze the tenders and when you have gathered enough, use them in a stir-fry or for oven-baked chicken fingers


Nutritional Facts

Servings
4
Serving Size
3 oz. chicken and about 12/3 cup vegetables
Calories
324
Carbohydrates
16 g
Fat
13 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
Protein
36 g
Cholesterol
82 mg
Dietary Fiber
7 g
Potassium
1063 mg
Sodium
687 mg
Yield
4 servings
Exchanges
3 vegetable
4 lean meat
2 fat
Vitamin C
100% daily value
Vitamin A
35% dv
Potassium
30% dv
Folate and Magnesium
20% dv

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