We’re constantly looking for new ways to grill dinner in the summertime. This is one area where we are definitely stuck in a rut. It’s always some sort of meat that has been marinated or just brushed with BBQ sauce and then cooked on the grill, or basic hamburgers and hot dogs. It really does get boring after a while. So when Kitchen PLAY invited me to participate in the “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” event sponsored by Land O Lakes® Deli Cheese my first thought was to make a summertime version of chicken parmesan. My notoriously picky husband was even up to this challenge though his version included pepperoni instead of tomato slices. He might even claim this was his idea.
Summertime Chicken Parm
- 4 boneless chicken breasts, trimmed
- Italian salad dressing – make sure you use a “zesty” version
- 4 tomato slices
- Land O Lakes ® 4 Cheese Italian Blend deli cheese slices
Place the chicken in a non-reactive bowl (glass or ceramic) and pour enough Italian salad dressing over the chicken to cover it. Allow to marinate 1 hour or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
Heat up your grill to 450° (medium-high heat if you don’t have a thermometer on your grill) and cook chicken for 12 minutes flipping once. Keep the lid on the grill closed to maintain the temperature. Discard the marinade.
Before the twelve minutes has elapsed, place tomato slices over the chicken and close the lid for a couple of minutes.
Place cheese slices on top of the tomato slices and close the lid again until the cheese melts thoroughly.
Serve immediately with desired side dishes. I’m partial to roasted radishes, and when I say partial to… I mean totally obsessed with them. Here’s the final dish with my favorite roasted radishes, an extra tomato slice and our most common grilled side dish… a baked potato.
I liked the change from our regular preparation of this marinated grilled chicken. You could swap out the tomato slices for some leftover tomato sauce or even barbeque sauce. I’ll bet this would be delicious in a sandwich as well. Plus that would truly make it a portable picnic food.
*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Land O’Lakes as part of the Kitchen PLAY SideCar series. All opinions given are my own.