Friends. Fun. Chicken.

~”Telegraph Ave. (Oakland by Lloyd)” – Childish Gambino~

Last time I posted, I teased this dinner party I was hosting at my house. Funny thing about these kind “family-get-togethers”, you plan on taking all these photos and post them to your favorite social media site; but instead you end up not even touching your phone and enjoying everyone’s company. I’ll probably make a smaller portion of what we had later this week, however for right now here’s what we made :

Appetizer #1:: Cucumber, Avocado and Jalapeno Salad

4 Whole avocados
4 Whole cucumbers
2 Whole jalapenos
4 Whole limes
1 tbsp of olive oil.

Pretty straight forward here. Gut the avocados, dice and place in bowl. Peel (or dont, your choice), dice and place in bowl. Lather, rinse and repeat on the jalapenos. (NOTE: I suggest a Pablano pepper if you aren’t a huge fan of heat or spice.) Roll the four limes a bit to get the juices going, then divide the limes in half, squeeze into the bowl. Take the last tablespoon and drizzle around the salad. Toss and serve. I just want to say this salad is great for a light snack too. Great for summer time too.

Appetizer #2:: Caprese Salad

1 Fresh Mozzarella Log (I got Bel Gioioso Brand)
2 Fresh Tomatoes
Basil Leaves
Balsamic Vinegar Oil

Again this is a pretty simple (and way easy snack / salad to make). Slice the mozzarella into small slices. Cut the tomatoes into similar sizes, and place on top the mozzarella slices. Place 1 basil leaf on the tomato, drizzle the balsamic vinegar on-top and, voila! Add pepper to taste if you wish. You also may want to dice the ingredients and toss in a bowl if it’s just for you, but I opted for the finger food style as it was for a larger crowd.

Side Item:: Steamed Carrots
(Disclaimer, we made 2 pounds of Carrots, so, time and heat may vary for how large of batch you’re doing)

2 lbs Carrots (Peeled)
3 Garlic Cloves
1/4 stick of butter
1/2 cup water

Following suit with the easy and simple, spray a pan with some PAM, and heat on low. Make sure to cut your carrots, and dice your garlic cloves. Toss both items into the pan, add the 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 stick of butter and let steam on low for 20 mins.

Main Course:: Grilled Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes, on top of a bed of Angle Hair Pasta

1 Chicken Breast (Sliced horizontally)
1 Can of Sun-Dried Tomatoes (I kind of punk’d out on this, however I will make homemade Sun Dried Tomatoes very soon)
1 Package of Angle Hair Pasta
2 tbsp of Olive Oil

The first thing I did here was boil the water for the pasta, I also added about 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt to the water boil. Let sit and wait for the water to hit a rolling boil. Once that is achieved, place in the pasta. This should take around 10 minutes. Taste test your pasta every so often and make sure you get that Al Dente feel.

As for the chicken, I took one breast and cut it in half (horizontally). This made for more chicken, also it wasn’t as filling considering how much food was on the plate. Set the grill to 350. Lightly baste the chicken with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and place on the grill. Since you’ve sliced the chicken in half, it should be a very quick grilling session, 4-5 minutes on each side should do it. Place desired amount of pasta on the plate, place chicken and sun-dried tomatoes on top and serve. (Side note here: We also had some fresh bell peppers from a friends garden which we cooked and served with chicken as well. All we did for that, was spray the pan with Pam and oven-grilled the peppers for 10 mins {they should be soft and slightly charred})

Now, like I said, I wasn’t able to take a picture of this dish, (I’m sorry not sorry), however I will be making majority of the items again this week. Also, we were going to make a homemade pesto sauce, we simply forgot. I blame the alcohol and stories being told around the oven/grill. Special thanks to everyone who helped make this meal possible! Jessica, Jamie, Racheal, Larry and Mike you guys are awesome!

Next up on the menu, I’m going to try something different and try to create a nice desert dish involving Oreos. Interested? Stay tuned! 


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