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Slate Grilled Chicken and Lemon Olive Rice

4 servings

Main Course

Rustic French grilling: sizzle chicken and BBQ brown rice on slate.

Slate cooking, a rustic method popularized in France, makes outdoor grilling more versatile and entertaining. Using a sizzling hot slate tile is a great way to grill chicken alongside a delicious side of brown rice, which is not often prepared on the BBQ. Using leftover, cooked brown rice speeds up the process making this an easy, healthy weeknight meal.

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  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1/2 lb / 250 g)

  • 2 tsp (10 mL) olive oil

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) lemon juice

  • 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest

  • 1 small clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano, preferably Greek

  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) pitted and chopped mixed olives

  • 1 small asian eggplant, diced

  • 1 small zucchini, diced

  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) sumac

  • 2 cups (500 mL) cooked U.S. brown rice

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) low fat tzatziki (optional)


Step 1

  • Wash natural (untreated) slate tile and let dry completely overnight.

  • Place 2-12×12 or 1-12X 24 slate tile on cold BBQ grate, lightly oil the slate and turn BBQ on high; let heat for at least 1/2 hr to 45 minute with lid closed to get the tile very hot.

  • Slate will pop and crackle, cracking or splitting may occur while heating.

Step 2

  • Cut chicken breasts in half, lengthwise through the middle.

  • Season with 1 tsp (5 mL) olive oil, 1/4 cup (60 mL) emon juice, zest, garlic, oregano and pepper.

  • Place on hot slate to cook, about 10 minutes per side.

Step 3

  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, toss together 1 tsp (5 mL) olive oil, 1/4 cup (60 mL) lemon juice, olives, eggplant, zucchini, sumac and cooked rice.

  • Place rice on heated slate and grill until zucchini is cooked and eggplant has softened.

  • Serve with tzatziki, if desired.

Preparing Brown Rice:

When cooking brown rice, always follow package directions; if they are not available, use this easy method:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) uncooked brown rice

  • 2 to 2-1/4 cups (550 mL) liquid such as water, broth, or juice

  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) butter or margarine, optional

  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) optional

  • Combine ingredients in 2 to 3 quart (2 to 3 L) saucepan.

  • Bring to a boil; stir once or twice.

  • Reduce heat, cover, simmer 45 to 50 minutes, or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

  • Fluff with fork.

Yield: 3 to 4 cups (750 mL to 1 L).

Do not lift the slate off the BBQ grate while the grill is lit. Instead, remove the grate and slate using oven mitts.

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