Got home late… what a drag…still have to cook dinner…not in the mood for take out…wrench the door of the fridge open…please let there be something easy to cook. Mood suddenly changes… have chicken breasts…they cook quickly… hmmm, what else… Spring Onions!!! Seasonal and delicious… and …mangoes! He Shoots and Scores!!! Just one thing left how should I cook it all? The simple answer is grill, but it’s pouring rain outside…good thing I got that stove top grill.
Many week nights go something like this. It is essential to plan ahead for them and this time we did. I made up all that stuff about not knowing what was in the refrigerator, or rather that is how it used to be. When we do our shopping on the weekend we plan some very fast meals for the nights that we know are going to be a problem. That is what saves our budget and that is what ensures that we can eat a nutritious meal during our busy week.
One of the things that make a dinner like this a welcome and easy meal is the availability of a sauce or spice rub that turns the meal from just cooked meat to a gourmet treat.
This may seem old school, but we have discovered a Cajun Style Rub that delivers on the promise of what Cajun should have been all along. Somewhere along the way, Cajun became all about heat and not about flavor. A few weeks ago Chef of the Future’s sent us a sample of their Not Your Average Cajun Seasoning. I thought, how cool, they like the Honeymooners. I do too. Hummin nuh, hummin nuh, hummin nuh!
You must realize I was around for the first round of Cajun as the “Big Thing”, so with little expectation I tried it. I tried it on my finger and then I tried it again…hmmmm, it’s good. The next day I used it on chicken…it’s really good. The next night I planned a meal around it; pork tenderloin with banana and green onion raita. It is better than good, it is what Cajun was always supposed to be. It enhanced the flavor of everything I put it on with a pleasant amount of spice, garlic, herbs; all in perfect balance. This is not just another seasoned salt either, there is much more than just salt. The product impressed me so much that I had to get it for My OpenSky Shop. It’s sold in a 3-pack!
In order for me to offer something in my shop, it has to be fairly healthy, delicious is not enough. There is no MSG and the label does not have anything on it that you might not find in my spice cabinet. Notice the sodium is super low too. In ¼ tsp there is only 90 mg of sodium, salt has 590 mg in the same amount. Even the salt eaters in the family did not add more.
This meal is Cajun grilled chicken breast with mango salsa and grilled spring onions. The meal took only a ½ hour to get on the table and 1 pot (the grill) and a bowl to mix the salsa, perfect for a busy week night.
As soon as I got home I started heating the grill, put a scant few drops of grape seed oil on the breasts, rubbed that in. Then seasoned the breasts liberally with Not Your Average Cajun Seasoning. The spring onion tops were sliced for the salsa and the bottoms split to be grilled. Putting the onions on the grill, I then turned my attention to the beautifully ripe mango which I diced, mixed with chopped cilantro and the sliced spring onions tops. Seasoned the salsa with salt, pepper, sherry vinegar, and olive oil and put that on the table for everyone to help themselves. The onions were removed from the grill and the well seasoned chicken took their place and cooked for a total of 6 minutes on each side. I did place a sheet pan over them to help the chicken cook evenly and 12 minutes later dinner was on the table.