Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Glaze

Recipe by Better Homes and Gardens

Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe Watermelon Glaze*
  • 1 whole chicken or 3 1/2 lbs. meaty chicken pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • Snipped fresh herbs (optional)

 

Directions: 

  1. Prepare Watermelon Glaze; reserve 1/3 c. of the glaze.
  2. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. To butterfly chicken*(see below), using poultry or kitchen shears, cut along each side of backbone to remove it. Turn chicken breast-side up. Open the two sides of the chicken as if opening a book and lay it flat. Break breastbone by firmly applying pressure and pressing down. Tuck wing tips under upper wings.
  3. Prepare grill for indirect grilling**(see below).  Brush chicken with olive oil. Season chicken on both sides with salt and black pepper. Place skin-side down, on center of grill over indirect medium heat. Cover and grill for 25 minutes. Turn chicken over. Brush a little of the remaining 2/3 cup glaze on skin. Cover and grill for 25 to 30 minutes more, or until juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 180 degrees F, brushing with glaze two more times.
  4. Remove chicken from grill; brush with the reserved 1/3 cup glaze. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes. Cut chicken into pieces. Serve with watermelon slices reserved from Watermelon Glaze and, if desired, sprinkle with herbs.

 

From the Test Kitchen

*Butterflying Chicken:  Butterflying makes it easy to cook a whole chicken on the grill. Kitchen or poultry shears are the best tool for the job. Make a cut about 1-1/2 inches apart on both sides of the backbone, cutting all the way down, and remove backbone.

**Indirect Grilling: This method positions the fire to one side or both ends of the grill. Food sits over the unlit part, and the grill is covered so the food cooks from all sides. This is best for thicker cuts that need longer cooking, such as roasts and ribs.

 

Watermelon Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of a small watermelon
  • One 12-oz. jar apple jelly
  • Peel and juice from 1 small lime
  • 2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. bottled hot pepper sauce
  • pinch of salt

 

Directions: 

  1. In a small saucepan, melt apple jelly over low heat stirring often so it does not burn. Stir in the 1 c. reserved watermelon juice, the lime juice and lime peel. Add crushed red pepper, hot pepper sauce, and salt. Mix and taste. Adjust seasoning as desired; remove from heat.
  2. Cut watermelon in half. Slice and reserve one half for serving with chicken; refrigerate until serving time. Cut the remaining watermelon half into chunks (about 4 cups). Place in a food mill or juicer and collect the juice.  Or place watermelon chunks in blender. Cover and blend until nearly smooth. Pour mixture into a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl; discard solid bits. Reserve 1 cup of the juice and drink or freeze the rest.
  3. Use glaze warm, or let it cool and transfer to a clean jar. Glaze will keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

 

 

Nutrition Facts (Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Glaze):

Per serving: 539 kcal, 27 g fat (8 g sat. fat, 6 g polyunsaturated fat, 11 g monounsaturated fat), 135 mg chol., 313 mg sodium, 39 g carb., 1 g fiber, 30 g sugar, 35 g pro.

 

Celebrate National Watermelon Day -Aug.3

This non-official American holiday’s beginnings are unknown however some believe it was created by watermelon farms while others suspect it was a creation of the National Watermelons Board.

According to Holidays Calendar, “Biologists and botanists believe that the modern watermelon can be traced all the way back to a vine like plant that grew wild in southern Africa. It has been cultivated by indigenous people since at least the second Millennium BC. From that auspicious beginning, the modern watermelon then spread all the way through Asia over the next thousand years, and eventually made its way into southern Europe by the tenth century. It was then introduced to the New World via European settlers and African slaves by the sixteenth century. By the seventeenth century, it was a commonly grown staple throughout much of the southern United States.

Today, watermelons are grown in almost every state in the U.S. In fact, there are only about 6 states where watermelons aren’t grown commercially. The states which produce the most watermelons are California, Arizona, Georgia, Texas and Florida.”

 

Watermelon Facts:

  • Watermelons are mostly water. About 91% of the watermelon by volume is made up of water.
  • The seeds and rind of the watermelon are edible.
  • Watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable.
  • Seedless watermelons are NOT genetically engineered. They are a result of hybridization.
  • Oklahoma’s official State vegetable since 2007.
  • Watermelon has more lycopene than raw tomatoes.