Give plain grilled chicken the boot with this tasty new twist using watermelon juice and apple jelly to create a sweet new glaze. Top with feta cheese and serve alongside a simple arugula salad for a light and refreshing meal.
Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Glazing and Feta is an easy and delicious summer meal, and it’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants. The juicy, sweet, and tangy chicken is also low in fat and high in protein. Let’s take a look at how this dish works.
Why we love this Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Glaze and Feta
Fragrant and Tasty
This Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Glaze and Feta Recipe is a refreshing combination of fruit and protein. Watermelon is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin B6. You can add this juicy treat to your chicken before grilling. You can prepare this marinade up to two days in advance. Once you prepare it, you can store it in the refrigerator.
The watermelon glaze will add a unique flavor to the chicken, and the feta adds a satisfyingly salty taste. The glaze can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
Make Your Own Watermelon Juice
Watermelon juice is actually really easy to make. To make it simply cut your watermelon and scoop out the flesh. Then place the watermelon chunks into a blender and blend until smooth. That’s really it. If however, you don’t like it “pulpy” you could strain it through a cheesecloth. Then, take the liquid pink gold and use it for sauces like the one in our grilled chicken with watermelon glaze and feta or you could drink it as it is. It’s really quite refreshing and with a little soda water makes for a great spritzer!
You Can Make Your Own Apple Jelly Too!
Apple jelly, just like it sounds, is a fruit spread that is made from apples. It is a popular food in many parts of the world and can be eaten on its own or used as an ingredient in other dishes.
Apple jelly is made by cooking apples with sugar and water to create a thick, sweet sauce. The sauce is then strained to remove the solids and bottled or canned. Apple jelly can be made with any type of apple, but firmer varieties such as Granny Smith apples are best for making a clear, smooth jelly.
Adding spices such as cinnamon or cloves to the cooking mixture can give apple jelly a unique flavor. Some recipes also call for adding lemon juice or other fruit juices to the mix. Apple jelly can be enjoyed on toast, muffins, or pancakes, or used as an ingredient in pies, cakes, and other desserts.
To make your own you will need about six large apples (peeled and cored), a cup each of sugar and water, half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, one-quarter teaspoon each of ground nutmeg and ground allspice, three tablespoons butter, two tablespoons light corn syrup, and one tablespoon lemon juice.
You’ll cook the apples in a small amount of water until soft, then add the sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to the cooked apples and mix well. Next, put the mixture into a saucepan over medium heat and cook until thickened and bubbling. Then, remove from heat and let cool slightly. In another small saucepan, melt the butter and corn syrup together, and add lemon juice to taste, and stir well. Combine the two mixtures together, and voila! Apple Jelly!
If this is too much extra work though, store-bought will work just fine for this recipe!
This Recipe is High in Vitamin C and High in Antioxidants
Watermelon is a refreshing fruit, and combining it with juice and apple jelly makes a great sauce. It is high in vitamin C, as well as potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin B6. Watermelon is a delicious, low-calorie treat that is full of antioxidants and lycopene. It also contains citrulline, a substance that may help reduce muscle soreness. It is a great snack for summer and is versatile enough to be used in salads, smoothies, and juices.
Our grilled chicken with watermelon glaze and feta is a great way to get a significant protein boost into your diet too. To make this yummy chicken dish you will need watermelon juice, apple jelly, lime juice, dried oregano, salt, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, crumbled feta cheese, arugula, and a small watermelon. To get even more flavor into the chicken, you could marinade your chicken in half of the sauce before grilling. Then, after you add the chicken to the grill, keep the marinade to baste the top with the sauce. The other half of the sauce will be used for your salad.
This will quickly become a must-have recipe for your family this summer! It is so good!
Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Glaze and Feta
- 1/2 cup watermelon juice
- 1/2 cup apple jelly
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 6 4 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 6 cups arugula
- 1 cup small-diced watermelon
- Heat juice in small pot on high until reduced by half. Add apple jelly and whisk until combined. Add lime juice, oregano and salt. Pour half into separate bowl for salad. Set both aside.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Place chicken on grill and cook 4 minutes and flip. Baste tops of chicken with watermelon glaze and cook 4 minutes. Flip and baste tops with glaze. Cook another 2-5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through Remove from grill and top with feta.
- Serve with arugula topped with watermelon and drizzled with unused glaze from second bowl.