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Grilled Lemon Chicken with Greek Salad

August 2010
Grilled Lemon Chicken with Greek Salad

by 4 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Grill: 20 mins

  • 4 cloves garlic, 1 clove finely chopped
  • Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts (about 3-1/2 pounds total)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups mesclun greens
  1. Preheat a grill for indirect medium heat. Using a food processor, puree the 3 whole cloves garlic, the lemon peel and 1 teaspoon each lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Using your fingers, gently loosen the skin of the chicken breasts and spread the lemon mixture underneath. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on the undersides of the chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Arrange the chicken, skin side down, on an oiled grate over direct heat, cover and grill until golden and marks appear, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and place the chicken, skin side up, over indirect heat, cover and grill until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a work surface, drizzle with some lemon juice and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a salad bowl, whisk together the finely chopped garlic, balsamic vinegar and remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes, cheese, onion and mesclun greens and toss; season with salt and pepper. Serve with the chicken.
  • Cut back on fat by removing the chicken skin and leaving the seasoning paste on while refrigerating for at least 1 hour.
  • Swap in fresh mozzarella for the feta.
  • Sandwich the ingredients between grilled bread brushed with mayonnaise.