Grilled nectarines and fresh blackberries turn into a summery salsa to top cumin-rubbed chicken and polenta in a dish that's special enough for weeknight entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with a spinach salad and a crisp glass of rosé.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2007


Recipe Summary

40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Combine 1 tablespoon oil, cumin, 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub 1 teaspoon of the mixture all over polenta. Rub the rest into both sides of chicken. Cut the polenta crosswise into 8 slices. Rub the cut sides of nectarine halves with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil.

  • Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Place the chicken, polenta slices and nectarines on the grill. Grill the polenta until hot and slightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean plate; tent with foil to keep warm. Grill the nectarines, turning occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes total. Grill the chicken, until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken and nectarines to a cutting board. Coarsely chop the nectarines. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes, then thinly slice.

  • While the chicken rests, combine the chopped nectarines, blackberries, cilantro, lime juice, hot sauce and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Layer the polenta, chicken and fruit salsa on 4 plates and serve.


To oil the grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Don't use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition Facts

311 calories; protein 26.9g 54% DV; carbohydrates 32.5g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 6.3g 25% DV; sugars 10g; fat 8.2g 13% DV; saturated fat 1.1g 6% DV; cholesterol 62.7mg 21% DV; vitamin a iu 413.2IU 8% DV; vitamin c 21mg 35% DV; folate 21.7mcg 5% DV; calcium 44.7mg 5% DV; iron 1.9mg 10% DV; magnesium 37mg 13% DV; potassium 443.3mg 12% DV; sodium 693.5mg 28% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 7% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
It was a very easy and light meal. I thought it was just a little bland but my husband and 2 year old daughter loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
we loved this dish! nice and easy and delicious fresh taste! but i added more nectarines lime juice and cilanto! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Perfect Summer Meal! This is the perfect summer meal. The first time I made it my husband was weary of the concept of fruit with his chicken but actually now asks for it. Very quick and delicious! The polenta can be time consuming so we if you are pressed on time try with cous cous! Pros: Quick and Easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious The Taste of Summer! This meal came together quickly & was absolutely delicious. I cut the chicken into strips & put everything on the grill at once (polenta nectarines & chicken) & cooked them all 4 minutes a side. While they cooked I whipped up the salsa skipping cilantro (not a fan) & substituting chili powder for hot sauce. It was wonderful. Read More