Cabin Cooking: Easy Summer Recipes to Try

Our cabins have fully equipped kitchens to make it easy to whip up snacks, create easy lunches, and cook delicious breakfasts and dinners. Whether you love cooking every day and want that to carry into vacation or cooking is a fun treat to try while you’re away, these easy dishes are perfect to try in your Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabin.

California Grilled Chicken | | 40 minutes

Almost all our cabins have grills, so get ready for a fresh-off-the-grill meal you can enjoy at the cabin!

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp Italian seasoning
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 slices mozzarella
4 slices avocado
4 slices tomato
2 tbsp freshly sliced basil, for garnish
Balsamic glaze, for drizzling

In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, honey, oil, and Italian seasoning and season with salt and pepper. Pour over chicken and marinate 20 minutes.

When ready to grill, heat grill to medium-high. Oil grates and grill chicken until charred and cooked through, 8 minutes per side.

Top chicken with mozzarella, avocado, and tomato and cover grill to melt, 2 minutes.
Garnish with basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | | 10 minutes

Fresh and perfect for summer, this salad couldn’t be easier or more perfect for snacking (just add chips for game days)!

2 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 medium cucumber, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
1/2 cup crumbled feta
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

In a large bowl toss together chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, olives, and feta. Season with salt and pepper.

In a jar fitted with a lid, combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Shake until emulsified, then season with salt and pepper.

Dress salad with vinaigrette and serve.

Cilantro Lime Grilled Salmon | | 25 minutes

Another great grill option, this salmon is easy, quick, and easily paired with the other recipes here!

4 (6-oz.) salmon fillets
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp butter
1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Season salmon with salt and pepper. Heat grill and place salmon on grill flesh side down. Cook for 8 minutes then flip and cook on other side until salmon is cooked through, 6 minutes more. Let rest 5 minutes.

Meanwhile make sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add butter, lime juice, honey, and garlic. Stir until butter is melted and all ingredients are combined. Turn off heat and add cilantro.
Pour sauce over salmon and serve.

Pineapple Upside Down Fudge | | 2 hours + 15 minutes

Fudge is a staple in the Smoky Mountains, so give it a twist with this fresh and sweet dessert at the cabin!

Cooking spray, for pan
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup yellow cake mix
2 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped canned pineapple, drained and patted dry
16 maraschino cherries, stems removed

Line an 8”x 8” baking dish with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour sweetened condensed milk and cake mix into a large bowl, stirring to combine.

Add white chocolate chips, then microwave in 1-minute intervals, stirring in between, until fully melted.

Fold in pineapple and pour into prepared baking dish.

Place cherries on top of fudge and place in the refrigerator to harden, about 2 hours. Cut into squares and serve.

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