Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing

Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing Use fresh herbs from your garden and dress up juicy grilled chicken with these bright and zesty ingredients.  The basil dressing would also be a nice compliment to pork tenderloin. Complement with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc for an elegant dinner gathering.  You can also get great wine suggestions from The Vine and Glunz Winery and Cellars.  Don’t want to make your own dressing, shop the market for oil, sauces and spices to create your own dish.

  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus 1/4 cup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds, coarsely crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 3 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Directions

Whisk 1/3 cup of oil, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, fennel seeds, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper in a resalable 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 peel, 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. Remove chicken from the marinade. Discard the marinade. Grill the chicken until just cooked through, about 8 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to serving plates, drizzle with the basil sauce and serve.

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis, 2009