Grilled chicken is a summer staple, and here's a welcome new accompaniment. The colorful relish is cool, crisp, and juicy, with a touch of heat. While the chicken cooks, the vegetables—cucumber, radishes, red onion, and cherry tomatoes—steep in a vinegary mix until they're lightly pickled. Fresh mint leaves give the dish an herbal fragrance and finish.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2009


Recipe Summary



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  • Bring vinegar, water, sugar, garlic, jalapeno, and 3/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain though a fine sieve; discard solids. Let cool completely.

  • Combine cucumber, radishes, tomatoes, and onion in a medium bowl. Pour in vinegar mixture, and toss to coat.

  • Preheat grill to medium-high. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Lightly oil the grill grate. Working in batches, grill chicken until cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter, and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir mint into relish. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with vinegar if desired. Spoon relish on top of chicken, and garnish with mint sprigs.

Cook's Notes

A jalapeno chile gives this relish some heat. For a milder version, remove the ribs and seeds.


Reviews (3)

31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: Unrated
This Dish Is The Taste Of Summer! We live in Texas and this relish recipe is definitely something to ... relish! We have a great pic of our dish ~ if you'd like to see it check out our food blog. Sadly, we can't post it here. :( Hats off to you, Martha and team, for this new favorite!
Rating: 5 stars
This was a big hit. It makes a great presentation on a warm night and is easy to prepare ahead. I eliminated the chiles and substituted green onions for the red one. I also added about 3-4 tablespoons of balsamic. Served with a salad and everyone was happy. For bigger eaters, I would add a nice artisan bread. Yummy.
Rating: Unrated
I substituted the chicken for pre-cooked, pre-grilled chicken, chopped up. Added it and made it into a chicken salad that got RAVE reviews at a bridal shower.