Skirt Steak with Italian Salsa Verde

This Grilled Skirt Steak with Italian Salsa Verde is flavorful and easy to make! Grilling this inexpensive cut of meat makes it tender and delicious. Top it with the savory salsa verde and you have an easy dinner win! Serve with a side like this Avocado and Corn Salsa.

Grilled skirt steak with Italian salsa verdeGrilled Skirt Steak with Italian Salsa Verde

This flavorful dinner made with inexpensive skirt steak cooked on the grill and doused in a bright Italian Salsa Verde sauce comes from the Feast by Firelight cookbook, written by the awesome Emma Frisch who also owns Firelight Camp Ground, a glamping location in Ithaca, NY that you may remember I visited for a second time in June! I love it there so much. This time around we brought JAX and had so much fun. I personally got to try this dish by the campfire and loved it so much, I asked if I could share it with all of you!

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Italian Salsa Verde

What is Salsa Verde?

Salsa Verde can mean many things to different people, but generally speaking it refers to a sauce made from raw ingredients like green herbs. Depending on the region its coming will dictate what ingredients are used. For this recipe, the ingredients used such as anchovy and capers make it more of an Italian style green sauce. This sauce is the perfect complement to nearly any dish, or could even be used as a dip with crudite.

What are the ingredients needed to make it?

Aside from the skirt steak, you need these ingredients to make the sauce:

  • Garlic
  • Anchovies
  • Capers 
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard 
  • Parsley 
  • Olive Oil

Italian salsa verde recipeHow to Grill the Perfect Skirt Steak

Check out these tips from Emma Frisch on how to cook the perfect steak:

  • Light the grill to  high heat and position the grill grate as close as possible to the coals or pile the coals high under the grate to maximize the steak’s proximity to the fire.
  • Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel to eliminate moisture on the surface and ensure a crispy crust.
  • Season appropriately: Dry brine it the night before and sprinkle with pepper right before grilling.
  • Place the steaks over the hottest part of the fire. Look for an evenly caramelized and browned outer crust to check doneness. Slight char is okay but don’t let the crust burn!
  • Use a thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the thickest part of the steak. The ideal temperature for a skirt steak is between 125° and 130°F for medium-rare to medium. (Check the guide below for other temperatures)

What temperature to cook a steak to

  • If you like rare steak, stop cooking at 125°F.
  • If you like medium-rare steak, stop cooking at about 130°F.
  • If you like medium steak, stop cooking at 140°F.
  • If you like a well-done steak stop cooking at 150ºF-155ºF.

What does cutting agains the grain mean?

If you look closely you can see that the muscle of the steak generally goes in one direction. In a skirt steak it is really easy to see because it’s a tougher cut of meat with more defined muscle fibers. It’s important to cut the grilled steak in the correct direction. By cutting against the grain, you are making the muscle fibers short, therefor resulting in a tender piece of meat.

To cut against the grain: cut the steak in the opposite direction of the muscle fibers. If the grain goes from right to left, cut  from the top to the bottom. If possible, cut at a diagonal.

Serve this Flank Steak with:

Skirt Steak with Italian Salsa Verde

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:12 Total Time 00:22 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds skirt steak (see Note) 
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt 
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled 
  • One 2-ounce can anchovy fillets, rinsed and patted dry 
  • 2 tablespoons capers 
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar 
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
  • 1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley 
  • 1⁄3 cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon 
  • Ground Black Pepper

Directions

  1. To prepare steaks: Dry-brine the steaks by rubbing the salt evenly over the surface. Transfer to a ziplock bag and then chill for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. 
  2. To prepare the salsa verde: In a food processor, combine the garlic, anchovies, and capers and pulse until finely chopped. Scrape down the sides of the processor bowl; add the vinegar, mustard, and parsley; and whiz while slowly drizzling in the 1⁄3 cup olive oil until smooth and bright green. Transfer the mixture to a lidded 8-ounce jar. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over the top to create a film that will preserve the lovely bright green. Seal the jar tightly. Sauce can be made and chilled for up to 1 week. Remove the salsa verde from the cooler and let stand at ambient temperature for up to 2 hours before serving. 
  3. To Cook Steak: Heat the grill to high heat and grill steaks over the hottest part of the fire, flipping the steak every few minutes for even cooking; the cooking time will vary depending on thickness, about 10 minutes. Look for an evenly caramelized and browned outer crust to check doneness. Slight char is okay but don’t let the crust burn! Use a thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the thickest part of the steak is between 125° and 130°F for medium-rare to medium (see chart in article for alternative temperature).
  4. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes so the juices can redistribute. Slice the steak against the grain into 1⁄2-inch slices. 
  5. Serve directly from the cutting board with salsa verde for topping the steak.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you steak is excessively fatty you can trim some of it to prevent flare-ups when the fat drips onto the coals. Skirt steak isn’t very fatty, but still, leave any fat on for flavor and just be prepared for flare-ups.
  2. Store leftovers in an airtight container, chilled, for up to 3 days. 
  3. Reprinted with permission from Feast by Firelight cookbook, written by Emma Frisch.
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Bruschetta Chicken

With summer in full swing, this simple Grilled Bruschetta Chicken recipe is calling your name! Perfectly marinated chicken is grilled up, sliced and topped with a fresh and bright tomato and basil bruschetta. A delicious dinner that’s gluten-free, low-carb and paleo and whole30 friendly.

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Easy Bruschetta Chicken Recipe

This Bruschetta Chicken is perfect anytime of the year now that you can find ripe greenhouse tomatoes year round. However this is especially on point during grilling season when farm, fresh tomatoes are everywhere. It’s the perfect semi no cook meal when the weather begs for you to cook and eat outside. The chicken is marinated to perfection, grilled, and topped with a delicious fresh tomato bruschetta. It’s perfect on it’s own, but if you want you can serve it with a light salad or with pasta! This dish is already gluten-free and low-carb but leave out the cheese for a Whole30 compliant or paleo meal.

What is Bruschetta?

Bruschetta (pronounced bru-sketta in case you ever find yourself in Italy and want to do as the Italians do) is an Italian appetizer of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and olive oil, and sometimes topped with other things like tomatoes. In American culture bruschetta usually means bread topped with diced tomatoes and basil, and sometimes cheese. Our recipe takes the idea of the grilled bread, and uses grilled chicken instead for a heartier more nutrient dense version, making it appropriate as a meal (and dang delicious!)

bowl of bruschetta

Easy Bruschetta Chicken Ingredients

  • Boneless + skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Fresh Tomatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Fresh mozzarella

How to Serve Bruschetta Chicken

This recipe is intended to be a stand alone dish! But it wouldn’t be out of place to serve it with some pasta (spaghetti or linguine might be nice), spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice. It also could be great on a bed of tender greens like spinach or arugula!

Can I make it without a grill?

Yes! While we love the charred smoky taste of the grill, this dish would still be perfectly acceptable on a grill pan inside of even if you need to, in a regular skillet! Do what works for you, either way a nice marinated juicy piece of chicken will be delicious topped with this tomato salad.

easy bruschetta chicken dinner

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Bruschetta Chicken
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the Chicken
  1. 1 pound boneless chicken breasts
  2. 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  4. 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  5. 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
Bruschetta
  1. 4 tomatoes
  2. 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  3. 1 garlic clove, minced fine
  4. 1 to 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  6. Salt, to taste
  7. Black pepper, to taste
  8. 1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil, chopped
  9. Optional: 1/2 to 1 cup fresh chopped mozzarella
  10. Additional basil, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper then place chicken, balsamic, and oil into a resealable ziplock bag or glass marinating dish. Let marinade for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  2. When ready to grill, grease grill and heat to medium heat.
  3. Add chicken and let cook for 7 minutes on each side or until fully cooked through.
  4. While grilling, combine all bruschetta ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  5. Top chicken with bruschetta and serve immediately.
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Strawberry and Mango Salsa Chicken

This Strawberry and Mango Salsa Chicken is the perfect light dish on a spring or summer night! It has contrasting sweet and savory flavors that make it so good! This mango chicken is also easy to put together and pairs so well with many other dishes! It’s gluten-free and paleo too!

Grilled Mango Salsa Chicken Recipe

With grilling season upon us, this Grilled Strawberry and Mango Salsa Chicken should be on weekly rotation! We can’t get enough of grilling with a touch of sweetness! The best part of this delicious dish is that it’s simple to prepare, and EVERYONE is going to love it! The chicken is marinated in a sweet mango puree and then grilled to perfection and topped with a fresh mango and strawberry salsa. It’s gluten-free, paleo and just dang delicious!

Why We Love Mangos

Did you know that mangos provide 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fiber? And they’re super delicious, of course! They are rich in antioxidants as well, which help fight free radicals. A diet rich in mangos and other vitamin C rich fruits can help aid in improving gut health as well!

fresh mango salsaHow do you cut a mango?

There are a lot of different methods out there for cutting mangos. Some say to peel the mango and slice. We found the easiest way is to slice off two chunks of the mango on the flat side. Then cut up the pieces while it’s still in the skin and then scoop it out.

Alternatively you could also cut the mango halves, then using a glass similar in size scope out the mango in one large chunk. Then dice it up!

Can you swap out other fruits?

We love this with mango and strawberries, but you could probably substitute a few other sweet fruits here, such as pineapple or peaches!

Using a Grill Pan or a Grill

Our first choice for cooking this recipe is to cook it on an outdoor grill. Since this chicken has a sweet mango marinade, cooking it on the grill where there is more air circulation is better and there is less likely of a chance to burn. However, we have tested it on a grill pan and it works, but you shouldn’t leave too much of the marinade on the chicken before placing on the pan to grill since it has a tendency to burn before it is cooked through.

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Grilled Mango Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pound organic boneless chicken breasts, about 4 breasts
  2. 1/2 mango, pureed
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. 1 teaspoon coconut aminos
  5. 1/2 lime, juiced
  6. Pinch fine sea salt
  7. Pinch black pepper
Strawberry Mango Salsa
  1. 1 cup mango, cubed
  2. 1 cup strawberries, diced
  3. 1/4 red onion, finely diced
  4. 1 teaspoon lime juice
  5. Fresh cilantro, basil, or mint, chopped
Instructions
  1. Slice mango in half and scoop out the flesh. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. In a bowl, mix together mango puree, honey, coconut amigos, lime, salt and pepper.
  3. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add chicken and mixture into a glass dish or resealable plastic bag and let marinade in the refrigerator for at minimum 30 minutes, up to 8 hours.
  5. When ready to grill, grease grill with oil and heat to medium heat.
  6. Grill chicken for about 10 minutes on each side, brushing remaining marinade on it when flipping, until no pink remains. Time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts.
  7. While grilling, mix together salsa ingredients.
  8. Top chicken with salsa and enjoy!
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Garlic and Lime Marinated Flank Steak

Ready for delicious, flavorful, and JUICY STEAK? This super easy garlic and lime marinated grilled flank steak recipe infuses tons of flavor and results in a super tender piece of meat! Cooked perfectly on the grill every single time!

grilled flank steak cut against the grainEasy Grilled Flank Steak Recipe

Grilling season is HERE! And so are easy dinners that don’t require a lot of ingredients or prep work. But we still want all that flavor, right?! Enter in this Garlic and Lime Marinated Flank Steak. It has only 5 ingredients and takes just barely 15 minutes of hands on prep and cook time! This marinade is a favorite because it’s so easy to put together but really packs a punch of yum. 

Why Flank Steak if the Best

Flank steak is a tougher, leaner cut of meat that does well when marinated (to help tenderize it) and cooked quickly at a high temperature. It does exceptionally well on the grill and happily takes on many flavors, like this garlic and lime marinade. If prepared correctly, with a tenderizing marinade like this one, flank steak can be a flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth cut of meat. We love this cut of meat because it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to find.

flank steak in an easy marinade

How Long Can it Marinate For?

Marinate this flank steak for at least an hour. If you are really pinched for time, 30 minutes will still give it some flavor and tenderizing. However, the longer you let this marinate, the better off your steak will be. You can leave this up to 12 hours overnight. The steak will change color because of the acid from the lime juice, this is normal! Make sure that you place the steak in a non-reactive bowl such as glass. Non-stainless steel metal will leave a metallic taste in the steak.

What temperature to cook a steak to

  • If you like rare steak, stop cooking at 125°F.
  • If you like medium-rare steak, stop cooking at about 130°F.
  • If you like medium steak, stop cooking at 140°F.
  • If you like a well-done steak stop cooking at 150ºF-155ºF.

What does cutting agains the grain mean?

If you look closely you can see that the muscle of the steak generally goes in one direction. In a flank steak it is really easy to see because it’s a tougher cut of meat with more defined muscle fibers. It’s important to cut the grilled steak in the correct direction. By cutting against the grain, you are making the muscle fibers short, therefor resulting in a tender piece of meat.

To cut against the grain: cut the steak in the opposite direction of the muscle fibers. If the grain goes from right to left, cut  from the top to the bottom. If possible, cut at a diagonal.

grilled flank steak with sides to serve

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Serve this Flank Steak with:

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Garlic and Lime Marinated Flank Steak

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:08 Inactive Time 01:00 Total Time 01:13 Serves 2

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large non-reactive bowl add the flank steak, garlic, salt, lime juice and pinch of red pepper flakes. Turn to coat the steak in the marinade, cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or up to overnight) turning the steak at least once.
  2. When read to cook heat the grill, or the grill pan on high. Cook the flank steak on each side until the meat has reached the desired temperature, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  3. Let the steak rest for 5 minutes. Slice agains the grain and serve warm with your favorite sides like cauliflower rice, cucumber salad or a pasta salad!

Recipe Notes

  1. Alternatively you could also cook this steak in a broiler. Preheat the broiler and broil on high for 4-5 minutes per side, or until it has reached the desired temperature.
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Chicken Wings with Mango-Chili Sauce

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These Chicken Wings with Mango-Chili Sauce are a delicious addition to any Summer BBQ! The Mango-Chili sauce is so tasty with a hint of smoky flavor, and compliments the wings perfectly! Throw them on the grill or in the oven for a perfect appetizer or main any night of the week. These wings are made in partnership with the National Mango Board.

Chicken Wings with Mango Chili Sauce | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I am so excited to partner with my friends at the National Mango Board to bring you today’s recipe!

Chicken Wings with Mango Chili Sauce - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Mangos are a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and fiber and are a great lower calorie snack at 100 calories a cup! Plus, they are SO flavorful, juicy, and delicious!

These wings lasted about 2 hours in my house. Marinated to perfection with just the right amount of smoky heat, we could not get enough!

Chicken Wings with Mango Chili Sauce | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I am always on the lookout for flavorful recipes to make for Summer gatherings with friends and family and these wings will definitely be a hit! Blend the sauce, marinate the wings, toss on the grill and devour! The perfect combination of sweet and smoky with just the right amount of spice!

 

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Chicken Wings with Mango-Chili Sauce

Prep Time 00:45 Cook Time 00:10 Total Time 0:55 Serves 6

Ingredients

    Mango-Chili Sauce

    Other Ingredients

    • 2 pounds chicken wings (about 24), wingtips removed, or drumettes rinsed and patted dry
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • Chopped scallions, for garnish

    Directions

    1. Place all of the mango-chili sauce ingredients, except for the chili paste, into a high-speed blender. Puree until smooth. Stir in the chili paste and taste. Adjust seasoning as desired.
    2. Place chicken wings in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Coat with 1/2 cup of mango-chili sauce, set the rest of the sauce aside for later. Sprinkle wings with sesame seeds and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
    3. Grease a grill or grill pan. Grill the wings for about 5 minutes on each side, or until opaque and fully cooked through.
    4. While wings cook, place reserved sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes. If the sauce is too thick, add a few teaspoons of water until the desired consistency is reached. If the sauce is too thin, continue to cook until thick.
    5. Toss chicken wings in 1/4 cup of sauce (or brush sauce on them) and place on a serving platter.
    6. Garnish with chopped scallions and diced mangoes, and serve with remaining mango-chili sauce on the side for dipping!

    Recipe Notes

    How to cut a mango: Slice off the sides of the fruit, avoiding the large seed in the center. Once you have these two sides, you can get to the flesh and slice or dice as needed. Then simply scoop it out of the skin.

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    This post in sponsored by the National Mango Board. All opinions are 100% always my own! Check out the National Mango Board’s tutorials on How to Cut a Mango and Selecting and Storing a Mango! They are both great tools for all your mango needs.

    DIY Best Ever Chicken Rub

    This DIY Best Ever Chicken Rub is the perfect gift to throw together for the griller in your family! Make a small or large batch, place the mix in a cute jar, and add it to a basket with BBQ tools for an awesome holiday gift this season! 

    DIY Best Ever Chicken Rub

    DIY Gift Week Day 2!

    Yesterday I shared the Espresso Candied Pecans, and today is the Best Ever Grilled Chicken rub from my cookbook! It is a staple. In fact, it’s the only grilled chicken I make! It’s flavorful and delicious. You can easily make a big batch and send it along with some grilling gear to the grill master in the family. I know I’d like that gift! 

    DIY Best Ever Chicken Rub

    Throw together a little basket with the spice mix, these grilling tools, and maybe even a gift card to the local market or his/her favorite butcher! 

    What You’ll Need:

    Mini Jars (any will do- adjust sizes based on quantity you are giving)

    Printable Labels (these have all the info filled in for your grilling gift)

    BBQ Tools (these would make a great gift!)

    Ribbon

    Card Stock (White) Card Stock (Brown)


    DIY Best Ever Chicken Rub

    Best Ever Grilled Chicken Rub
    Serves 6
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    Prep Time
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    Prep Time
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    Ingredients
    1. 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
    2. 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    3. ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    4. ½ teaspoon onion powder
    5. ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
    6. Optional: ¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, as desired
    Instructions
    1. Place all spices into your jar.
    When cooking, add
    1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
    Makes
    1. About ¼ cup wet rub [enough for 1 to 1½ pounds boneless chicken
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    DIY Best Ever Chicken RubDownload your printable spice rub labels HERE.

    Best Ever Grilled Chicken Rub

    Prep Time 5 min Total Time 0:05

    Ingredients

    Directions

  • Place all spices into your jar.
  • Recipe Notes

    1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
    3. About ¼ cup wet rub [enough for 1 to 1½ pounds boneless chicken
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