Zesty Herb-Marinated Chicken

Zesty Herb Marinated Chicken

During the hot summer months, I make it my mission to spend less time in the kitchen cooking and more time outside enjoying the endless fun that summer brings. In the summertime, I simplify our weekly meals to include more salads, quick-cooking proteins, grilled kebabs, sandwiches and wraps, and charcuterie boards with lots of cheese and wine.

Zesty Herb Marinated Chicken

One of my favorite ways to do this is to use simple ingredients to create flavorful marinades, which are then used to flavor and tenderize meats. While you can definitely pick up a great marinade from the store, there’s nothing like creating a versatile marinade at home using inexpensive ingredients.

Zesty Herb Marinated Chicken

My go-to summer marinade is made with simple ingredients: olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, chopped shallots, and garlic cloves. The ingredients are poured into the bowl of the KitchenAid® Food Chopper.

Zesty Herb Marinated Chicken

I also add an assortment of fresh backyard herbs to the Food Chopper, because summer is the perfect time to grow a variety of potted herbs at home.

Zesty Herb Marinated Chicken

The humble ingredients are pureed together in just seconds thanks to my Food Chopper, and they combine together to create an earthy, zesty, and creamy marinade.

The marinade may be saved for later, either stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator or a freezer-safe container in the freezer. Or it can be used immediately as a marinade for chicken, or even as a salad dressing.

Zesty Herb Marinated Chicken

To use this marinade to make flavorful and moist chicken, simply pour the marinade into a gallon-size bag followed by a pound of chicken breasts. If your chicken breasts are thick, place them on a cutting board with a plastic bag or plastic wrap over the top, then gently beat the breasts, starting at the thickest end, with a meat mallet or rolling pin. Allow the marinade to rest with the chicken in the fridge for at least thirty minutes, or up to twelve hours. I’ve found that two hours is generally the perfect amount of time for marinating chicken breasts, but this is completely up to you and your schedule. Remember, summer is about simplifying meals!

Zesty Herb Marinated Chicken

After the marinating time, spray your KitchenAid® Grill and Panini Press with oil, and then heat the Press with the lid over high heat. Once the Press is hot, reduce the burner to medium heat, and place the chicken breasts in the hot Press, discarding the extra marinade in the bag. Place the hot lid on the chicken breasts, and cook on each side for 10-12 minutes, until the chicken breasts reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

Zesty Herb Marinated Chicken

This will result in flavorful, moist chicken breasts with a crispy, grilled exterior. The chicken breasts may be sliced and served alone, or used to make summer salads or wraps.

Zesty Herb Marinated Chicken

This easy marinade is the perfect start to a simple, fresh summer meal! I cannot wait for you to try it for yourself.

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Zesty Herb Marinated Chicken

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 pound chicken breasts
1/2 cup virgin olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
1/3 cup packed fresh herbs, such as: basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage, and/or even mint.
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
5 garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Pinch of salt, or to taste

DIRECTIONS

Place all the ingredients except for the chicken into the bowl of your KitchenAid® Food Chopper. Puree the ingredients for 40 seconds, until the marinade is creamy and the herbs are finely chopped.

Pour the marinade into a gallon-size bag, reserving about 1/8 cup to brush over the chicken after cooking. Then, add the chicken breasts. If your chicken breasts are thick, place them on a cutting board with a plastic bag or plastic wrap over the top, and gently beat them, starting at the thickest end, with a meat mallet or rolling pin. Allow the marinade to rest with the chicken in the fridge for at least thirty minutes, or up to twelve hours.

After the resting time, spray your KitchenAid® Grill and Panini Press with oil, and then heat the Press with the lid over high heat. Once the Press is hot, reduce the burner to medium heat, and place the chicken breasts in the hot Press, discarding the extra marinade in the bag. Place the hot lid on the chicken breasts, and cook the chicken on each side for 10-12 minutes, or until the chicken breasts reach an internal temperature of 165°F. Brush the chicken with the remaining 1/8 cup marinade before serving, or use this reserved marinade as a dipping sauce. Serve the chicken as a main course, or use the sliced chicken in a summer salad, sandwich, or wrap.

Zesty Herb Marinated Chicken Recipe

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