Watermelon marinated grilled chicken is an easy grilled chicken recipe using fresh watermelon as a marinade! This gives the chicken a tangy sweet flavor that will become a family favorite! Such an easy way to make chicken on the grill!
I have been married for 15 years this year and I have to say my husband has really been holding out on me. It’s like he had this 15 year secret locked away and I finally have the password to enter.
Anyone who knows me, I mean really knows me, is aware of my extreme lack of sharing skills in the kitchen. Simply, I am not good at sharing my space. It doesn’t matter how much I have on my plate or how I feel, I will drag my butt in the kitchen when I have to. On the flip side, that area of our home is like my sanctuary. The female equivalent of a man-cave.
For me cooking is a release. The kneading, whisking, pounding, ripping…try it. You will see what I mean. I love to take out my frustrations, anxieties and insecurities on an unsuspecting lump of pizza dough or a tough piece of meat.
For that moment, it is just about me and the meal I am preparing. I block out the world and focus on that one task at hand. I feel the same way about vacuuming, but that is a story for another time.
So when I came home from work and saw the watermelon marinated grilled chicken laid out for me in the kitchen, I was literally brought to tears.
How could he have known that at that moment, all I needed was for someone to see that I needed a few minutes of calm. That I, the one who needs no “caring for”, needed someone to pluck me out of that day and say “you need to sit”. He handed me a glass of wine, took my purse, and led me to the table. The boys after-school needs had already been tended to – I just stared.
I had a suspicion that something was up when, that morning, he sent me a text saying he was going to have a food surprise for me after school. I thought maybe he was going to stop by The Flying Cupcake or bring me home some olive oil like he sometimes does.
Now at this point you may wonder why this was all such a big deal to me. You would have to know about how he just never cooks for me. That is always my place in the home and I am the one who bestows that crown. Maybe I like to be in control…or maybe I just like to eat what I want to eat. I choose to believe the latter. 🙂
But for me, to know that he knew me so well that I didn’t even have to tell him that what I needed at that moment on that day was to be forced to be still and quiet was an overwhelming feeling. He allowed me the peaceful silence that my soul needed. To be a better mother, wife and person.
My husband made the watermelon marinated grilled chicken recipe.
The watermelon marinade is now one of my favorite summer grilling marinades.
You can grill skinless split chicken breasts or boneless, depending on what you prefer. Sometimes when we are short on time, we just brush the reduced sauce on at the end and skip the marination step. He used chicken from a local producer. There is something to be said for knowing where your food comes from and what is in it. Obviously that is up to you and what your finances dictate.
Who would have known he was such a good and organized cook. I felt a little bad. All of these years, when he was watching me cook, he really wanted to join in. Well, I guess I need to accept that there can actually be TWO cooks in the kitchen!
I hope you enjoy the watermelon marinated grilled chicken as much as I do!