If you are going to grill, then close the lid and grill it with a slightly cooler fire. If you are using gas, keep teh flame at medium to prevent overcooking the outside of the chicken breasts. If using a covered kettle, use a solid bed of coals. Get them very hot. Place the chicken on the grill and cover immediately. Close the top vent by half and cook for about 4 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and plate.
As for the spuds, you can also make a lovely dish by baking in the microwave and removing the skin. Then, put them through a ricer and serve with a pat of butter or sour cream on top. Sprinkle on some chives.
The flavors in your dish would do well with a bit of chili powder sprinkled on. A good tossed salad with some fresh edible flowers is always a treat. To go with your flavorful chicken, try some nasturtium leaves and flowers, or add some arugala to the salad greens.
A foolproof way to cook chicken is as follows. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Heat 2 inches of oil in a heavy frying pan.
Pat dry the chicken and set aside. Make an egg-wash from 1 large egg mixed with 1/2 cup milk. Place 1 cup flour in a shaker bag (zip-lock or similar) with 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. ground pepper. Dip the chicken in the egg wash to completely coat. Place the breasts into the shaker bag, one at a time, and shake until covered. Remove from the bag and shake off the excess flour. Set aside until all pieces are coated.
Place the breasts into the oil, leaving space between them. Fry until the chicken is lightly browned. Turn over and lightly brown the second side. Remove and place on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes. Remove and serve with the sides. This method produces perfect chicken every time. It's so juicy and tender that it will squirt you when you bite into it, while being cooked through.
Another great side to your chicken might be a slaw made with jicama, cabbage, onion, and carrot, all shredded. Mix with a bit of olive oil and black pepper. You can also add diced onion to this slaw, or combine with 2 tbs. sugar dissolved in a half cup of ice water, to replace the oil and pepper. Add Miracle Whip salad dressing and the water. You can add raisins and broken walnuts to this slaw version.
Hope this helps.
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