Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Giada's Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing

Another delicious, easy, and healthy dish from Giada. I’m always on the hunt for new and refreshing marinades for chicken- especially since this is prime time to grill out. As usual, I whipped out the marinade in the morning before work and allowed the chicken to marinate all day. I like to remove the marinated meat from the fridge to let it sit at room temperature for ~30 minutes while the grill heats up. The Basil Dressing is refreshingly delicious, so don’t skip that part of the recipe. The color of the dressing is a beautiful green that not only looks great drizzled over the grilled chicken, but tastes impressive and fresh. Since it was only the 2 of us, I halved the entire recipe (though the full recipe is listed below). I paired this with Giada’s Orzo Salad, which made it a complete meal.

Giada's Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing
For the Marinade
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1-1/2 tsp fennel seeds, coarsely crushed (I used dried oregano)
¾ tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterfiled(roughly 2 pounds)

For the Basil Dressing
1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
1 large clove garlic
1 tsp grated lemon zest
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
Dash of red pepper flakes
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1. For the Marinade: Whisk oil, lemon juice, fennel seeds, salt, and 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.
2. Meanwhile, make the Basil Dressing: Blend the basil, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in a blender until smooth. Gradually blend in the oil. Season the basil sauce, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.
3. 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.

Source: Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis


Courtney said...

Oh this looks so good! Giada always has some great healthy recipes!

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