Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Grilled Chicken-Pancetta-Zucchini Skewers with Rosemary Potatoes

Enjoy the fresh summer pleasures of grilling and dining al fresco
with these chicken, pancetta and zucchini rolls on a skewer, 
served with  rosemary-infused baby potatoes
Post sponsored by Santa Rita Wines, in collaboration with Honest Cooking. #120DaysOfSummer
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Let's kick off this summer grilling season with these tasty, tender and juicy chicken skewers. Made with thin slices of chicken breast, zucchini and pancetta, layered and rolled up together. Served on a skewer together with tender baby potatoes, infused with the delicate Mediterranean aromas of rosemary and olive oil.
Nothing smells like summer as sizzling and fragrant meat cooking over a burning hot grill. 
In case you haven't noticed, every season has its unique and distinguished scent. Like spicy pumpkin bread and apple pie for autumn, Christmassy cinnamon cookies and hot cider for winter, and tangy citrus desserts for spring. 
And then we have summer. By far my favorite season, with the many fragrances that come with it. From coconut sunscreen lotion to fishy sea salt water and ocean breeze. And of course, the familiar and enticing barbecue's aroma, with its smoky smell that makes your mouth drool and your stomach growl with pleasure.

Ready to fire up the grill, run for your tongs and skewers, and try this savory chicken recipe?! You won't be disappointed.
I'm sure this dish will make everyone at the table happy and satisfied. And it's so quick and easy to prepare. No need to season the meat for hours before grilling, thanks to the Badia Complete Seasoning. This blend of spices has it all. The garlic, the onion, the cumin and other delicious herbs that will enhance the flavor of your meal, without overpowering its taste. 
I'm not a big fan of ready-made blends, but this complete seasoning is a delicious choice that I would definitely recommend.

Now, let's talk about the wine without which no dinner is complete. 
I served my chicken rolls with a delightful bottle of 120 Hero's Salute Red Blend by Santa Ritaone of Chile's premier wine estates. This best-selling, deep ruby red wine is made from blending Cabernet Franc, Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its blueberry, plum and cassis fruit aromas, and its subtle vanilla, coffee and tobacco notes from barrel-aging, make this wine a great match for the peppery pancetta and delicately spicy grilled meat.


If you prefer to pair this dish with a white wine, you should try the award-winning Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc. You can stay assured, no one will turn down a refreshing glass of this fruity and elegant wine. Because of its grapefruit, lime and lemon peel flavor, complemented by sweet white peach notes, you can easily combine it with a wide variety of summer food, from chicken to fish, from aperitif to dessert. Always a winner! 
With its exceptional value for such tasty, full-bodied wines, Santa Rita offers the perfect addition to your summer grilling.
Thank you Santa Rita for the amazing wines!

Ingredients: serving about 4
  • 1 lb (450 gr) of baby potatoes, I used gold potatoes
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1.6 lbs, 725 gr)
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 16 thin slices of pancetta, about 3 oz (85 gr)
  • Badia complete seasoning 
  • rosemary sprigs
  • salt to taste
Directions:
1. Wash and scrub the potatoes if necessary. Place them in a pan filled with cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and cook for 7-10 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Cut the potatoes in half, sprinkle with salt and place a small rosemary sprig in the middle.

 2. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat (about 350 F, 175 C)
Cut the chicken breast in thin slices - about 4 slices each half breast. Pound the slices under some plastic wrap (or parchment paper) to make them even. Cut each slice lengthwise in half.

Sprinkle each slice with Badia Complete Seasoning. Top with one slice of pancetta. And one thin slice of zucchini. You should use a mandoline if you have it, to make the slices super thin, and easy to roll. Salt to taste.




Roll the chicken slice on itself tightly. Thread the chicken rolls onto the skewers, making sure it stay sealed. Alternate with the potatoes Repeat with each roll.



3. Drizzle with olive oil. Place the skewers on the grill. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until chicken juices run clear. Turn a few times, to cook on both sides.


Buon Appetito!



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