Tuesday, April 23, 2013

grilled chicken w/ lemon & oregano

grilled chicken w/ lemon & oregano

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 min + marinating time
Cook Time: 20 min
Terrific summery chicken recipe. The grilled lemons are a nice touch to squeeze on top.


1 Tablespoon grated lemon zest
1/3 cup (about 2 lemons) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh oregano
2 Tablespoons olive oil (plus more for grates)
coarse salt & freshly ground pepper
2 pounds chicken breast
4 medium lemons, halved crosswise
oregano sprigs for garnish, optional


1. Prepare marinade: In a small bowl, whisk lemon zest and juice, oregano, oil, 2 teaspoons coarse salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Divide marinade between 2 large re-sealable plastic bags. Divide the chicken between the bags; shake to coat. Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes, turning bags occasionally.
2. Grill the chicken: Preheat grill to medium; lightly oil grates. Remove chicken from marinade, and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken on grill. Cover and cook until lightly browned and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Turn chicken over, cover and cook until chicken is cooked through (an instant-read thermometer should read 175° when inserted into the thickest part of the chicken). If chicken is browning too quickly, move to cooler parts of grill or turn grill to low heat.
3. Transfer chicken to cutting board. Tent with foil; let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place lemon halves on the grill, cut side down; cook until slightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve chicken breasts with grilled lemon halves. Garnish with fresh oregano sprigs, if desired.


*Chicken grills up best when it's an even thickness throughout the breast. Take the time to pound out the breasts slightly (between two pieces of plastic wrap) to even out the thickness.
Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 6 ounces
Calories per serving: 188
Fat per serving: 5g
Saturated Fat per serving: 1g
Sugar per serving: 1g
Fiber per serving: 1.3g
Protein per serving: 30g
Cholesterol per serving: 74mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 5g

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