Lemon, Rosemary and Balsamic Grilled Chicken

I wanted to explore a little out of my comfort zone today and try a new recipe not found in one of my Mother’s cookbooks. I have chicken thawing in the fridge since last night and I want to grill.  It’s a nice day. I don’t expect any rain. So, I searched online on the Food Network and I found this recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse:

Here are the ingredients you will need:
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup rosemary leaves
3 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic [I used a garlic press.]
2 tablespoons lemon zest [I added the lemon juice too.]
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
8 chicken thighs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Emeril says: “In a medium bowl combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, rosemary, garlic, lemon zest and red pepper flakes. Whisk to combine and pour into a 1-gallon resealable food storage plastic bag. Put the chicken thighs in the bag and seal it. [I threw the lemons in the bag as well.] Turn to ensure that the chicken is evenly coated, then refrigerate, turning occasionally, for 2 to 4 hours.”

Per Emeril, “Preheat a grill to medium-low and brush the grates lightly with an oil soaked cloth. Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry. Season the chicken well on all sides with salt and pepper, then place on the grill, skin side down. [Yianni and I like to grill with foil. It’s just easier. So we skipped brushing the grates with oil. The balsamic will caramelize and is very sticky. Next time I’ll even spray the foil with oil.] Cook the chicken about 8 to 10 minutes, turn and continue to cook an additional 8 to 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the heat and serve while hot.”

Endnote: Yianni loved it!

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4 thoughts on “Lemon, Rosemary and Balsamic Grilled Chicken”

  1. We made this over the weekend and it was fantastic. I went with chicken tenderloins and did them on the grill. Awesome flavor, really easy prep.

    For 1.5 lbs of chicken, I cut the marinade recipe in half and did add half a lemon’s worth of juice.

    Thanks for pointing this one out!

  2. This looks so good! It’s something different from the normal burgers and BBQ that we typically grill in the Spring/Summer. My husband and I are going to try it soon-Thanks!

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