Best Grilled Chicken and Belated BSI – Rice

I actually prepared a BSI recipe for last week, but when we went out to eat with Joe and his girlfriend the night before I left, I never got a chance to post it!

Mo was the host last week.  She chose rice which is great because you could make that either savory or sweet!

I went both ways!

Thai Basil Coconut Rice

  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 can lite coconut milk 
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 3 thai chiles
  • 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped

I just put everything but the basil in my rice cooker.  While the rice cooked, it “popped” open the thai chiles so it was the perfect balance of heat with the sweet of the agave nectar and coconut milk – before serving add the fresh chopped basil.  Thanks again for hosting last week!

I wasn’t sure what to make for breakfast – I saw that we had a green pepper, I had a small amount of egg whites and decided to make a green pepper wrap.  On the side was Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon sugar free pancake syrup and grapes.  Breakfast comes in at 443 calories, 30 carbs, 35 protein, 19.7 fat and 1.8 fiber.

Thank goodness for frozen soup!  I brought in 3/4 of a serving of my enchilada soup, and was going to make a cheese quesadilla on the side – thankfully my co-worker gave me some of her fresh spinach to kick it up a notch!  Lunch comes in at: 460 calories, 50 carbs, 28 protein, 17.6 fat and 10 fiber.

Sadly, I erased the picture of the quesadilla!  I’ll see if Tony can email it to me because its so cheezy!   Thanks for emailing me the picture Tony!

In Rachael Ray’s June/July issue, she made butterflied whole chickens on the grill.  While I would have liked to try the two chile lime rub, I went the herbed route!

It’s great to start with fresh herbs!

  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 piece sage
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • zest of one lemon

While I wanted to grill it right on the grill, Tony reminded me that the oil would make it a charred mess, so it cooked over a cast iron skillet.  

My plate:  414 calories, 31 carbs, 340 protein, 18.7 fat and 5 fiber.

Tony had a great idea for my spinach – to add fresh basil and wow was it good!

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 3 basil leaves
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • squeeze of lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil

Heat non-stick skillet to medium high.  Cook garlic in olive oil until it starts to brown.  Add remaining ingredients and cook for 1 minute – you want to slightly wilt the spinach, but it is still a bit crunchy.

This was so good!  I’ll definitely make chicken like this again.  And I love that it only took about 50 minutes to cook when usually a whole roasted chicken like that normally takes an hour and a half!

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 1,476 calories (unpictured is 1 ounce of cheetos I ate last night!), 127 carbs, 95 protein, 66 fat and 17.8 fiber
  • 20 minute bike ride
  • 20 minute upper body weight training
  • 5 minutes abs on the ball

Check out this weeks hostess:  Rebekah chose Peaches!!

Have a great Wednesday! 😀


29 thoughts on “Best Grilled Chicken and Belated BSI – Rice

  1. Wow, that chicken looks fabulous! 🙂 Fresh herbs make everything better, I’m growing basil & rosemary this year 🙂

  2. Great job on butterflying the chicken! I would never have the guts to do that!!

  3. That chicken looks delicious!

  4. That chicken looks fabulous! I have never thought about cooking a chicken like that on the grill!!

  5. Did you cut the backbone out of the chicken so it would grill more evenly? That always works for us!

  6. That bird looks heavenly. It has the perfect amount of char 🙂

  7. That chicken looks amazing – I felt like I could almost smell the herbs across the Atlantic (made me drool just a little bit!) I’ll be trying the spinach next time I have some fresh basil too, it sounds much tastier than I usually find spinach to be!

  8. ooh, that coconut rice sounds divine! must try 🙂

  9. The Thai basil coconut rice sounds super delicious! And the chicken sounds fantastic on the grill!

  10. Your food looks so good – all of the herbs are beautiful and must make everything taste wonderful! Love the idea of adding basil to the fresh spinach – way to think outside the box, Tony!

  11. fitandfortysomething

    oh biz that rice looks amazing! yum 🙂

  12. That rice looks delicious, as does your BBQ’d chicken dinner.

  13. That chicken looks fantastic, definitely need to try butterflying one. I also love all those green herbs in the bowl they looks so inviting!

  14. Still so jealous of your grill. I need one! It looks so flavorful and delicious with all the green herbs on there!

  15. The picture of the chicken on the grill looks like it’s just lazing about on a summer day at the beach. It cracked me up.

  16. We have restaurants in SA that butterfly the chicken and then marinate it in a peri peri sauce and grill – it is so so good.
    I have some Nando’s sauce so really need to do this.
    I also need to try your spinach recipe – maybe the family would eat it these days with a roll of their eyes 🙂

  17. Well done on your workout and keeping the calorie/fat % in check Bravo!!

    Your food always makes me hungry of course its almost supper time here.

  18. You amaze me with your meat-cooking and grilling abilities. I think I eat less meat than I want to because I’m just not confident in my meat cooking abilities! That chicken is GORGEOUS! And that coconut basil rice….YUM!

  19. That coconut rice and chicken both look amazing!! I am getting hungry just looking at it all!

  20. ooohhh everything made me salivate! lol We are going to Sean’s Parents for dinner and I eat later on those nights than I normally do so stopping by your blog tonight was NOT a good idea! LOL 🙂

    I need to wipe up my drool…..

  21. oh DAMN u make a mean grilled chicken! now thats the best way to have it. why go to the grocery store to get theirs, i love that u made ur own!! please come over and grill with me!! i need lots of help haha ❤

  22. I sure wish I was your neighbor, cousin, brother-in-law, close friend, or anything else that would get me an invitation to dinner on a frequent basis. Your food always looks great!

  23. Do you use a charcoal grill or a gas? Your food always looks amazing!

  24. The bird looks great. I’ve never grilled one before, only roasted.

  25. Oh my GOSH! How did I miss the rice BSI?! I’m totally devastated. I would have entered my deathly SPAM fried rice 🙂

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