There’s a tinge of coolness in the air on a hot summer night. A gentle breeze makes the hanging stream of lanterns dance to the music coming from my husband’s guitar while the backyard is full of laughter and kids chasing each other with water guns. These are the scenes of my favorite summer nights. Everyone gathered around, eating great food, sipping on a pitcher of ice-cold cocktails, and having a fabulous time are the main reasons I enjoy the summer months.
Dinner parties are just more relaxed in the summer and I think a lot of that has to do with how we entertain. Dinner tables and cotton napkins tend to be replaced with picnic blankets and paper towels this time of year and if someone spills we’re more likely to wipe it up and laugh it off. At least that’s what I do, anyway.
There’s nothing more I like to do than to cook for a crowd. It’s a way I can give back to the ones I love and share a part of my soul but we all know cooking can come with some pretty big messes. To avoid being trapped in the kitchen while the party is going on and a huge after-dinner clean up, I prepare in advance as much as possible, create a simple menu, and rely on paper towels…a lot.
I recently gave Brawny® paper towels a good test run while I was having a few friends over for a simple weeknight dinner. I decided that our famously tender and flavorful Buttermilk Brined Grilled Chicken would be the star of the show while flash grilled okra and a summer salad of garden tomatoes and avocado would be the perfect pairing.
Brining the chicken in buttermilk does three things: (1) tenderizes the meat, (2) brings a great flavor, and (3) forces you to prepare ahead of time for an easy dinner party. When it came time to cook, I simply removed the brined chicken from the refrigerator, washed it off, patted it dry, and threw it on the grill. It was when I patted it dry on this go around that I noticed something I had never noticed before. Usually, when I wash the brine off of chicken, I place it on a stack of paper towels on the counter to pat dry and await the wet mess that occurs. Shockingly, there was no mess this time. My counter, apron, and floor were all dry thanks to the incredibly thick and large Brawny® paper towels. Okay Brawny®, you piqued my interest; but unlike my previous paper towels, can you hold up to a dinner party and still have paper towels left for me in the morning?
Yes, yes you can.
I hope you too are enjoying your summer as much as I am and can call a few friends and family up for a delicious dinner and a night of fun. If so, give this crazy-simple, no fuss, Buttermilk Brined Chicken a try and if you’d like to learn more about “More Sheets on Every Roll” Brawny® Paper Towels, visit Brawny.com. This recipe is included in How To Host A Backyard BBQ Everyone Will Love on StyleMePretty.com. Head on over there for more backyard party recipes and tips!
Perfectly tender with amazing flavor, this easy Buttermilk-Brined Grilled Chicken is the ultimate chicken recipe for your summer grill.
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 6 sprigs thyme
- 4 bay leaves
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon of canola oil
- In a casserole dish or a food-safe storage bag, combine buttermilk, salt, sugar, peppercorns, thyme, bay leaves, and garlic cloves. Add chicken cover the dish or seal the bag and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.
- Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat (375°F - 450°F).
- Remove the chicken from the brine and discard the brine. Rinse the brine from the chicken and dry with paper towels. Transfer to a plate and coat with oil.
- Place chicken breasts on the grill and cook 4 to 5 minutes a side until fully cooked and internal temperature reaches 160°F (while resting the chicken will reach 165°F the recommended cooking temperature). Remove chicken and rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
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