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Chicken with Cucumber Melon Relish

Chicken with Cucumber Melon Relish

  • 1-½ cups reduced-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, divided
  • 1-½ tsp garam masala or curry powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ to ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1-½ cups chopped cantaloupe
  • ½ cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh mint
  • ¼ cup toasted sliced almonds, optional

In a small bowl, whisk yogurt, 1 tbsp lemon juice, garam masala, salt and pepper flakes until blended. Pour 1 cup marinade into a large bowl. Add chicken; turn to coat. Cover; refrigerate up to 6 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.

For relish, in a small bowl, mix cantaloupe, cucumber, green onions, cilantro, mint and remaining lemon juice.

Drain chicken, discarding marinade in bowl. Grill chicken, covered, on a lightly oiled rack over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat until a thermometer reads 165°, 6-8 minutes on each side. Serve with relish and reserved marinade. If desired, sprinkle with almonds.

Tip: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (calculated without almonds): 247 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 332mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 38g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, ½ starch.

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