Summer grilling: when it’s too hot to cook in the kitchen

Most of the country has been in the grip of a heat wave for the last few weeks. What do you do when it’s just too hot to cook in the kitchen? The perfect answer: summer grilling. I love cooking with fire. For me, it’s not just summer grilling, it’s four-season backyard cooking. The only weather I won’t grill in is rain, snow or an ice storm.

Summer grilling - Lime Cilantro Chicken, with potato salad and a green salad photo Steve Collins

The perfect dinnef for a hot day: Lime Cilantro Chicken, with potato salad and a green salad photo/Steve Collins

Last night we had company coming for dinner and it was too hot to use the kitchen. I planned a meal that needed only a little bit if stove time. I decided to make one of my favorite summer grilling recipes, Lime Cilantro Grilled Chicken accompanied by potato salad and a green salad. For an appetizer I served watermelon with cilantro and jalapeño peppers. It’s a great cooler on a hot day! Our guests loved the meal and I loved being able to stay out of the kitchen.

Summer grilling: Lime Cilantro Grilled Chicken recipe

Summer grilling - Lime Cilantro Grilled Chicken hot off the grill photo Steve Collins

Lime Cilantro Grilled Chicken hot off the grill photo/Steve Collins

Serves 4 to 6

 1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces (freeze the back to use for stock)

Marinade ingredients

2 Cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
½ cup finely chopped cilantro
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon Toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon Tamari
2 tablespoons Olive oil

Wash the chicken pieces and place them in a reclosable plastic bag. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and pour them over the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for two to four hours. Thirty minutes before you’re ready to cook the chicken prepare a hot fire in the grill. My preferred fuel: lump charcoal. Place the marinated chicken on the cooking grate directly over the fire. Turn the chicken frequently (about every four to five minutes) to prevent burning. Cook for 20 minutes (a meat thermometer inserted in the center should read 170°).

What is your favorite summer grilling recipe?

You’ll find more of our summer grilling recipes here.



2 Responses to “Summer grilling: when it’s too hot to cook in the kitchen”

  1. Agness
    July 31, 2016 at 10:37 am #

    I’m one of the biggest BBQ fans so it sounds like a perfect idea for summer :), especially when you have friends around :).
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