Grilled Chicken and Jalapeno Poppers

The Deen Brothers
FOX6 News at Noon
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Grilled Chicken Breasts w/ Brown Sugar Pineapple Rings


4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 c. bottled Italian salad dressing
1 20 oz. can pineapple slices, drained
1 tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
2 tbsp. bourbon
 
1-Prepare a med.-hot grill or preheat broiler, line two rimmed baking sheets w/ aluminum foil
2-While the grill or broiler is heating up, season chicken breasts w/ salt & pepper & coat with Italian dressing
3-In a bowl, toss the pineapple slices w/ brown sugar, bourbon & a pinch of salt
4-Place the chicken on the grill or, if broiling, place on one of the prepared baking sheets.  Grill or broil, placing on one of the prepared baking sheets.  Grill or broil, 4 in. from heat, turning once, for 16-20 minutes total, or until chicken is slightly charred & juice run clear when pricked with fork.
5-Place the pineapple on the grill or, if broiling, place on the second prepared baking sheet.  Grill or broil, turning once, for 8-10 minutes total, or until the pineapple is slightly charred & the sugar has caramelized.  Serve the chicken w/ pineapple on the side.
 
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Grilled Bacon & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers
 
1/2 c. grated Monterey Jack cheese (2 oz.)
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
8 large jalapeno peppers
8 strips bacon
 
1-Prepare a med. hot grill or preheat broiler, line a rimmed baking sheet w/ aluminum foil.  Soak 16 wooden toothpicks for at least 1/2 hour
2-In a small bowl, mix together the Monterey Jack cheese & cilantro
3-Using a paring knife, cut the top off the peppers & reserve.  Scoop out the veins & seens, discarding both.  Stuff the cheese mixture inside the peppers, packing it tighly.  Replace the cap on each pepper.
4-Using a toothpick or skewer (depending on the size of jalapeno), skewer the peppers lengthwise from bottom through the cap.  Wrap slice of bacon top to bottom around each pepper, covering the cap & secure with toothpick.  Place the peppers on the grill or, if broiling, place on the prepared baking sheet.  Grill or broil, turning occasionally, for 20 minutes total, or until the bacon is crisp & the peppers are tender.