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Vintage Coffee poster

Who knew finding a recipe for coffee would be harder than anticipated.  Oh sure, taste.com has 406 coffee recipes but only 1 recipe is not either a drink or a dessert (and it is for lamb).

I could see how the coffee would work for roasted lamb, after all mum has been using Vegemite on her lamb roast for over 30 years but I had a chicken breast in the fridge and was determined to use it.  So I turned to that trusty source of inspiration that never results in action- Pinterest.

Lo and behold I found multiple recipes for coffee chicken.  I was going to pair mine with a simple bastardised Greek/panzanella/fattoush salad (it is over 30°C here in Melbourne) so wanted something easy, summer-y and uncomplicated.

I found a few recipes that looked like the chicken had been grilled to perfection, but they all required something I did not have at home (and I am being lazy and don’t want to go to the shops- again!) so here is my version: dinner for 1- coffee infused chicken recipe.

Note to self: buy a mortar and pestle.

Dinner is Served.

Dinner is Served.

Coffee Infused Chicken with a Simple Salad.
                          Serves 1.

For the chook:
1 chicken breast
1 heaped teaspoon espresso coffee (pulverise if necessary) (I used a strong nespresso capsule) (note: there is more coffee in those capsules than you think)
1 teaspoon crushed garlic (why not)
1 teaspoon crushed ginger (same reason)
1 teaspoon mustard seeds (this was in one recipe)
1 teaspoon ground coriander (it was meant to be coriander seeds but my philosophy is use what you have)
salt and pepper

Simple Salad
Cherry tomatoes
cucumber (cubed)
red onion (sliced thinly)
baby bocconcini
kalamata olives (pitted)
cos lettuce (shredded)
pita bread (toasted in the oven and broken into pieces)
simple oil and lemon juice dressing.

Toss everything for the chook in a bag (with the chook) and let marinate for however long you have (the longer the better).

The coffee and spices doing their work

The coffee and spices doing their work

When ready to cook, take the chicken out of the bag (this is important), pat dry and grill till cooked either on the bbq or a griddle pan (that is nice and hot). Slice and serve with the simple salad.

Coffee Infused Chicken Simple Salad

For the salad: Toss it all together.  (See- Simple).

This post is a @52blogs post- topic: Coffee.