How to Grill Juicy Chicken Breast and Roasted Broccoli

by Ben Panella

Brining chicken breast ensures moist meat. Roasting broccoli and turning scraps into a rich soup spins a simple meal into a masterpiece.


  • 2 Chicken breast
  • 2 Tablespoons Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili spice mix
  • 1 Bunch Broccoli
  • ¼ Cups Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ Tablespoons Pickling spice
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Take chicken breasts and split them in half (if thicker than 1 inch) if not, place breasts in ziplock bag and pound to 1/2 inch thickness (I used a jar to pound the meat thin)

    Step 2

    Make a brine-mix 2 tbsp salt, 2 cups water, 1 tbsp sugar, 1/2 tbsp pickling spice.

    Step 3

    Shake thoroughly to dissolve salt.

    Step 4

    Pour brine in chicken bag and put in a container (in case it spills) and fridge for at least 1 hour, up to 4 hours.

    Step 5

    Cut stems off broccoli

    Step 6

    Cut florets into 1 inch steaks, lay them flat on a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil, drizzle 1 tbsp oil on broccoli and season with salt and pepper

    Step 7

    Cut stems into 1/2 chunks. Put stem chunks and cast off florets in a steamer. Steam for 10 minutes until fully softened.

    Step 8

    Put 2 tbsp butter 1/4 Parmesan cheese 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 pepper in blender

    Step 9

    Put steamed broccoli in blender add 1/2 cup steamer water to blender and purée until smooth. Add water 1 tbsp at a time until a thick soup forms.

    Step 10

    Puree should look something like this

    Step 11

    Put broccoli mix back into pot and keep warm until ready to serve

    Step 12

    Preheat grill

    Step 13

    Wash brine off chicken and dry thoroughly

    Step 14

    Whip up a dry rub and coat chicken.( I used my homemade chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano, and smoked salt) drizzle chicken with 1 tbsp oil

    Step 15

    Broil broccoli (after eating this version I recommend par steaming the florets for a couple minutes before broiling) I broiled the broccoli about 8 minutes 4 minutes a side

    Step 16

    Grill chicken about 3-4 minutes a side. Rotate chicken if heat is uneven

    Step 17

    No need to rest chicken but I tent with foil to keep it warm until I'm ready to plate

    Step 18

    Cut across grain at a slight angle

    Step 19

    Now for the fun part of plating. Get an idea in your head of how the finished product should look like. Look at some fancy cookbooks for inspiration. I spread broccoli purée on the plate

    Step 20

    Slide cut chicken off cutting board onto plate

    Step 21

    Place roasted broccoli on purée. I always try to plate a couple different ways until something looks really good, still need to work on this.

    Step 22

    That's better