I decided to try a new recipe for dinner tonight. You know how I love a recipe where the work can be done early in the day so there's very little to do at suppertime. I used this recipe from Once Upon a Chef.
Here's the cast.
I did a few things differently than the original recipe. For starters, I did not use a meat mallet to thin out my chicken. Mostly because I was using chicken tenders and they were already pretty thin. Next, I mixed my marinade in a bowl instead of a bag because I thawed my tenders in a bag. And I didn't want to waste two bags. I'm
cheap eco savvy like that.
That being said, I put all the oil, herbs, and spices into a small bowl. Then I set off to zest my lemon.
Confession: I had never zested a lemon. I have wanted to try it many times, but I didn't own a zester, and I was too
cheap lazy frugal to buy one. When I saw this recipe, I decided I would finally make the plunge. I purchased my zester at Walmart for just under $6.
Zesting didn't go quite as well as planned. I have no idea why, but all the lemon zest stuck to the zester and wouldn't budge. I ended up using a toothbrush (don't worry, it was new) to remove the zest from the zester.
When I had finally collected my lemon zest, I added it to the bowl with the other oil and spices.
Then I whisked them all together.
I poured them into the bag with the chicken tenders, and I let it marinade for about 7 hours.
Jeff was kind enough to grill these for me tonight. In the rain. He's the bomb.
I served the chicken with some grilled veggies. That Jeff grilled. In the rain. Did I mention he's the bomb?
Everyone loved this chicken! It was super tender and very flavorful. The recipe is definitely a keeper.
Grilled Chicken with Garlic, Lemon & Herbs
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1-3/4 lbs. total)
- 6 Tbsp. olive oil
- 4 large garlic cloves, minced (I used dried, minced garlic)
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano (I used 1-1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning instead of the thyme and oregano)
- 1-1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- zest from one lemon
~Mix all ingredients except chicken in a small bowl. Place chicken and marinade in a zip-lock bag, seal, and massage marinade into the chicken until it's evenly coated. Marinade 4 - 12 hours.
Question of the Day:
What are your best lemon zesting tips?