Grilled Chicken with Blueberry-Basil Salsa
With jalapenos and herbs, the berries make a piquant salsa for grilled chicken.
- Servings: 6
Photography: Antonis Achilleos
Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2003
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing grill
- 2 jalapeno chiles
- 24 scallions
- 3 cups blueberries (about 1 pound), picked over and rinsed
- 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
- 3 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (2 to 3 limes)
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves, very thinly sliced, plus whole leaves for garnish
- 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, roughly chopped, plus whole leaves for garnish
- 2 pounds chicken cutlets
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
Heat grill to medium-high; lightly oil it. Grill jalapenos until slightly charred and blistered, turning frequently, about 15 minutes. Using a paper towel, pull off stems and remove skins from chiles. Roughly chop flesh and seeds; set aside. Meanwhile, grill scallions, turning often, until soft and charred in spots, 3 to 4 minutes; set aside.
Place 2 cups blueberries in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped, about five times. Transfer to a medium bowl, and add onion, jalapenos, lime juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir to combine. Add basil, cilantro, remaining cup blueberries, and oil; stir to combine.
Sprinkle chicken with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and the cayenne. Grill chicken until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place 4 grilled scallions on each plate, and top with chicken. Serve immediately, topped with a generous spoonful of blueberry salsa. Garnish with basil and cilantro leaves.