Monday, June 08, 2009

Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing...

Oh y'all. This recipe was beyond mouth-watering in my opinion!! I saw Giada De Laurentiis make this last week on a Food Network special and it looked simple and delicioius- and it was!!

I have to tell y'all, though, that Mr. U didn't care for it. He thinks it's just because he's not a basil fan. Me? I ADORE fresh basil, so this was right up my alley!!! I served it with garlic parmesan mashed potatoes and sauteed zucchini. Yum.

Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds, coarsely crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
1 large clove garlic
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Whisk 1/3 cup of oil, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, fennel seeds, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a heavy-duty re-sealable plastic bag. Add the chicken and seal the bag. Massage the marinade into the chicken. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day, turning the chicken occasionally.
Meanwhile, blend the basil, garlic, lemon zest, remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a blender until smooth. Gradually blend in the remaining 1/3 cup oil. Season the basil sauce, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.

Prepare the barbecue for medium-high heat or preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the chicken until just cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to plates. Drizzle the basil sauce over and serve.


brokeintrovert said...

I am trying to go basil. I will have to try this recipe once the basil is ready for harvesting.
Thanks for the post.

Tammy said...

Mmmmm, that looks and sounds delicious!!!

Cove Girl said...

I'm definitely going to have to try this!

Betsy Brock said...

Looks delish! I love Giada! If I eat it, will it make me look like her? tee-hee! One can only hope! :)

outdoorgriller said...

That sounds delicous. I love grilled chicken and I always put sauces over them so that they dont get dry.If you want to look at the collection of tips and recipes I have for grilling you can visit

Melissa said...

Okay, Jonathan would LOVE that chicken (minus the basil sauce)! That sounds yummy and easy peasy! I'm going to try this!

Melissa :D

Charree said...

Mmmmmm...This looks so tasty.


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