Recipe of the Week: Balsamic Grilled Chicken with Spicy Honey Bacon Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts*, left whole or cut into thick strips diagonally
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons steak seasoning
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (I used Frank’s)

Instructions:

  1. In a large ziplock bag, squish together 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, 3/4 cup oil, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons steak seasoning. Add the chicken breast, thighs, or salmon filets. Seal and refrigerate for a few hours. (If you are marinading salmon, grill them after 1-2 hours at the longest or it will get mushy. If you are doing chicken, you can do it 2-3 days in advance if you want.)
  2. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Make the glaze. In a large pan, cook the bacon until it is crisp, then remove to a paper-towel-lined plate and let cool. If you didn’t chop it, crumble it now. Set aside.
  4. Drain the grease from the pan, but don’t clean it. Add the honey, worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Let bubble over medium heat. Once it is bubbly, add in the chopped bacon. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes until it has thickened lightly, then remove from heat. The glaze will continue to thicken as it cools down.
  5. Grill the chicken or salmon over medium-high heat. Discard the marinade, or use it to brush the fresh veggies you should be grilling. Don’t forget to brush the grill with oil first or it will stick. Cook 2-4 minutes per side, until it is no longer pink for the chicken, or until it flakes tenderly with a fork for the salmon.
  6. Serve topped with the bacon glaze. I like to serve this with grilled veggies on the side, like tomatoes and baby bell peppers. It would also be good with baked beans.

Recipe Source: Grilled Magazine (Part of the TwinStar Media Network)

Local Restaurants Scare Up Spooktacular Halloween Deals

No tricks! But you’re in for a big treat this Halloween as restaurant chains serve up spooktacular savings and devilish deals. We’ve scared up a spellbinding selection of those Halloween deals below. Unless otherwise noted, all deals are for Friday, October 31. Keep in mind that participation may vary by location. Check with your local restaurant for further details.

Baja Fresh – Kids in costume get a free meal with purchase of any adult entree and this coupon. October 27th through 31st only.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Kids in costume receive one free meal per purchase of any adult entree

Bellagios Pizza – Place your order for Halloween (10/31/14) at least 24 hours in advance and get 10% off of your order.

Boston Market – Free Kids Meal with purchase of any Individual Meal with this coupon.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Free Kids Meal October 31st through November 2nd with purchase of any adult entree with this coupon. Limit 2 free Kids Meals per coupon, per visit.

Chevys Fresh Mex – Kids eat free all week. $5 to go burritos all day on Halloweeen.

Chipotle Mexican Grill – Visit any Chipotle restaurant dressed in costume between 5 p.m. and closing on October 31, and purchase a burrito, burrito bowl, tacos, salad or kids meal for only $3.

HomeTown Buffet – Bring your little ghosts and goblins to any of the 324 restaurants on Halloween night (Friday, October 31, 2014), and all costumed characters 11 years old and younger will enjoy a free meal. The free dinner offer is available from 5 to 8 p.m. on October 31.

IHOP – Now through October 31st, kids 12 and under can get a free “Scary Face” pancake and make it into as scary – or funny – a face as they want. One per child. Dine-in only.

Krispy Kreme – On October 31st, come in in your costume and get one free boo-tiful doughnut of your choice (including the Ghostbusters doughnuts) at any participating Krispy Kreme US and Canadian location.

Lone Star Steakhouse – Little Goblins Eat Free all day October 31st. Get one free Littles’ meal with each regularly priced adult entree purchased.

Morton’s The Steakhouse – Three courses for $35 at participating locations on October 31st.

Old Country Buffet – Bring your little ghosts and goblins to any of the 324 restaurants on Halloween night (Friday, October 31, 2014), and all costumed characters 11 years old and younger will enjoy a free meal. The free dinner offer is available from 5 to 8 p.m. on October 31.

Olive Garden – Free kids meal with adult entree purchase and this coupon.

Outback Steakhouse – Treat your little ghouls, goblins and ghosts to a free kids meal with the purchase of any adult entree. No coupon necessary. Limit two free kids meals per visit.

Ryan’s – Bring your little ghosts and goblins to any of the 324 restaurants on Halloween night (Friday, October 31, 2014), and all costumed characters 11 years old and younger will enjoy a free meal. The free dinner offer is available from 5 to 8 p.m. on October 31.

Sbarro – Kids eat free on October 31st and during Mall Halloween Festivities. Bring your kids in costume and they will receive one free pizza slice (cheese or pepperoni) with the purchase of any entree.

Sonic Drive-In – 50¢ corn dogs all day. Offer is good for one day only while supplies last.

Souper Salad – Feed your little monster for free Monday, October 27th to Friday, October 31st. Kids eat for 99¢ or free with costume. Adult buffet purchase required for each free or 99¢ kid’s meal. Kids 10 and under. Not valid in Georgetown, Lubbock and Pasadena.

Stevi B’s Pizza Buffet – Kids under 10 in Halloween costumes can eat for 99¢ on Halloween. Buffet only.

Texas Corral Grill & Saloon – Free kids entree with purchase of adult entree with this coupon.

Texas Steakhouse & Saloon – Kids in costume eat free through October 31st with purchase of adult entree. Dine-in only.

Tubby’s Grilled Submarines – Kids can color this sheet and bring in to a Tubby’s for a free small order of french fries with any sub purchase. Valid on regular prices subs only, not on $5 deli subs.

UNO Pizzeria & Grill – Halloween Party, Tuesday, October 28th, 4-7 pm. Kids eat free with purchase of an adult entree. Pumpkin decorating, coloring sheets, goody bags and more at participating locations.

Recipe of the Week: Grilled Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Ingredients:

  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt And Pepper
  • ¼ cups Thinly Sliced Celery
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cups Hot Sauce
  • 6 ounces, weight Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 6 Taco-sized Corn, Brown Rice, Or Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • ½ Small Red Onion, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 cup Mild Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Instructions:

  1. Fire up an indoor grill pan or charcoal grill.
  2. Place the chicken breasts on a work surface. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat, for 4 minutes on each side, rotating 90 degrees halfway through cooking to get a nice crosshatch. Allow the chicken to rest until cool enough to touch. Finely chop the chicken and add to a mixing bowl along with the celery, coconut oil and hot sauce. Toss to combine and taste for seasoning.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and ½ teaspoon sea salt. Whisk until smooth.
  4. To assemble the quesadillas, arrange the tortillas on a clean work surface. Slather one side of each with a scant tablespoon of the yogurt sauce. Arrange a thin layer of the chicken mixture on one half of the tortillas. Top with the onions and cheese. Fold the tortillas in half.
    Grill the tortillas until crispy and charred, about 2 minutes per side, rotating 90 degrees halfway through to get a nice crosshatch. Cut in half and serve alongside the remaining yogurt sauce.

Recipe Source: Grilled Magazine (TwinStar Media Network)