Grilled Lemon Mint Chicken Breast
Recipe courtesy of Chef Sally Cameron, AFoodCentricLife.com
Mint adds lovely, refreshing flavor to this quick and easy vinaigrette of fresh-squeezed lemon juice and chopped mint leaves. It works as both a marinade for the chicken and a sauce to finish the grilled chicken at serving. Serve with grilled vegetables or atop a salad with watermelon and feta cheese. Make extra for great chicken salad the next day.
Photo courtesy of Kent Cameron.
Grilled Lemon Mint Chicken Breast Recipe
By February 23, 2013Published:
- Yield: 4 Servings
Recipe courtesy of Chef Sally Cameron, AFoodCentricLife.com Mint adds lovely, refreshing flavor to this quick and easy vinaigrette …
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- zest of one lemon (use a microplane zester)
- 2/3 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint chopped
- 1 large garlic clove finely chopped (or use a garlic press)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 skinless chicken breasts 1 1/2–2 pounds, preferably organic
- Make the vinaigrette. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add mint, garlic and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Place chicken breasts in a heavy duty zip-style plastic bag, smooth side up. Use a meat pounder to make the chicken breasts even in thickness. Pour half of the marinade into the zip bag, about 3/4 cup, and seal the bag pressing the air out. Refrigerate for several hours, turning the bag over occasionally.
- Remove chicken from the refrigerator and allow to stand at room temperature 45 minutes before grilling. Drain off marinade and discard.
- Grill chicken until done (internal temperature of 160°F). Brush with fresh vinaigrette for added flavor.
- Cover chicken with foil to keep warm. The temperature will rise to the
food-safe temperature of 165°F in a few minutes before serving. Serve with
reserved vinaigrette as a sauce or salad dressing.
- Tip: Whenever I put raw chicken or meat into the refrigerator, I place the bag on a quarter-sized rimmed baking sheet to catch any leakage. That small step will save you cleaning up a messy refrigerator.
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