Grilled Lemon Chicken with Fresh Basil Sauce, a recipe

>> Thursday, May 20, 2010

Original recipe by Giada De Laurentiis

4 Split Chicken Breasts, bone in, skin on
2 Lemons (you will use juice and zest)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 TBSP dijon mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
2 Garlic Cloves

First, make a quick marinade for your chicken:

Juice of 1 lemon
1/4- 1/3 cup Ex. Virg. Olive Oil
2 TBSP dijon mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste

Using a fork, pierce the chicken several times to allow the marinade to saturate the meat. Next, place it into a zip top bag, whisk marinade ingredients together in a small bowl then pour over the chicken. Press the extra air out of the bag and refrigerate for a minimum of a 1/2 an hour.

Preheat your grill to medium high heat, grill skin side down for 8-9 minutes. Flip to second side, reduce heat to medium low and grill another 8 minutes.

While chicken is grilling, make your basil sauce:

In a blender (or if you're me and forgot that your blender DIED, in your mini chopper and then finish off with your immersion blender because the mini chopper doesn't quite do the trick) combine basil leaves, juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp lemon zest, garlic cloves, salt and pepper.
Turn the blender on and slowly stream 1/3 cup of Ex. Vir. Olive Oil into the mix until smooth.

Pour over chicken and serve!

BTW, if anyone would like to buy me a blender, this is the one I'm oohing and ahhhing over:

And it's on sale AND has free shipping w/promo code at Macy's... hint hint husband dear...

And a reminder, there's still time to enter my earring giveaway!


Anonymous,  May 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

Ok, thanx for getting my mouth watering at 10:22 am! LOL! THAT sounds delish! I am SO making that next weekend for Memorial Day BBQ we have every year! (Good luck on getting the food processor!...LOL)

The Crazy Suburban Mom May 20, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

That looks delish! I just sent my chopper back to be replaced because it broke - but they tell me I'll have a new one in 7 to 10 day from 2 days ago, this would be wonderful.

I love your recipes

A Write Life May 20, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

Three posts on cooking. You're making me look bad. They are making me feel hungry. What's a person to do?

Tara Beaulieu May 20, 2010 at 4:21 PM  

Kool Kittie- Definitely let it marinate as long as possible. The chicken came out nice and juicy but I'd have loved to have a bit more flavor in it- I marinated about 3 hours. Next time I'd do it overnight. ;)

Tracy- I've had my mini chopper since my wedding 10 years ago (gift from my Nan) but it just doesn't blend well enough for this recipe. Definitely need something with more oomph. I'm gunning for the Cuisinart.

A Write Life- nah, I made them all for dinner last night so it was just as easy to photograph one as it was to photograph them all. (Not to mention that the potatoes and veggies were so easy!)

The Crazy Suburban Mom May 20, 2010 at 7:22 PM  

I have a kitchen ninja thing which actually works well for lots of things - not a cuisinart though. Its doesnt do the slicing type jobs. But if you don't seat thing thing exactly right there is a small rubber/silicon washer that flies out and than the whole it sits into strips and burns. Its awful

And useless unless you buy another whole base/bowl. Not the power unit, but c'mon. It shouldnt be that easy to wreck it

I made them replace it and Im waiting to get it, I miss the smoothie thing.

The Crazy Suburban Mom May 20, 2010 at 7:22 PM  

make that hole it sits in...sheeesh

Scottsdale landscape design May 21, 2010 at 1:46 AM  

The chicken looks really tasty! Great pictures too~

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