Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Grilled Garlic Chicken

The weather outside was gorgeous today. It's March 7th and it was 65 degrees. Can you believe it? I'm pretty sure we were due for a mild winter after the past few we're had though.

Well, my husband, son and I just couldn't wait to get outside to take advantage of the spring weather - you know, before Mother Nature changes her mind and it disappears for a few more weeks. We played some soccer, had a blast with my son's new playhouse, and played a little outdoor hide and seek. After getting rid of some of that cabin fever (and glancing at the grill that's been cooped up in the garage) I decided to grill for dinner. I was planning on cooking up some chicken in the oven, but with weather this amazing, we just couldn't pass up the opportunity.

My original plan was oven-cooked, garlic chicken breasts so I just tweaked that a bit to be more fitting for the grill. I made a quick little marinade and after it sat for about 15 minutes, it went straight on the grill. The chicken turned out very moist and had a nice, mild garlic flavor. If you'd like more garlic flavor though, just add a couple more cloves to the marinade.

I sure hope this weather sticks around because I feel like getting a little grill-happy. With chicken that looks this good, I don't think I'll be able to help it...

Grilled Garlic Chicken

3 large chicken breasts


1/3 c oil
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp herbed poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp paprika
pinch salt
pinch pepper
pinch sugar

1. Put all marinade ingredients in a blender (or mash the garlic well and mix everything together)
2. Place chicken in a zip-top bag and pour the marinade over.
3. Remove air and move all the chicken around to be sure it's all coated.
4. Let them marinate for about 15 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, get your grill nice and hot. (We used a charcoal grill)
6. Coat the grates with oil (dunk a scrunched up paper towel in oil and use some tongs) and place the chicken over direct heat.
7. Grill for 6-8 minutes, turn them over and grill for another 6-8 minutes.
8. Move the chicken to indirect heat to finish the cooking - about 5 more minutes or so depending on the size of the chicken.

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