Lemon and rosemary BBQ chicken

    3 hours 23 min

    A quick and easy marinade, but with incredible flavour! Rosemary, garlic and lemon are combined with chicken breasts and barbecued.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 110g butter
    • 15g fresh rosemary, leaves picked
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 1 lemon, zested
    • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 6 skinless chicken breast fillets
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:8min  ›  Extra time:3hr marinating  ›  Ready in:3hr23min 

    1. In a food processor, thoroughly blend together butter, rosemary, garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice. Pour 1/3 of blended mixture into a small bowl for marinade. Cover remaining mixture and set aside.
    2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Rub chicken with marinade mixture; cover and chill for 3 hours.
    3. Preheat an outdoor BBQ for high heat and lightly oil grate.
    4. Pour half of the reserved marinade into a bowl for basting. Cover remaining mixture and set aside for topping cooked chicken.
    5. Barbecue chicken breasts, basting with marinade, until no longer pink in the centre, about 4 minutes per side. Remove chicken from barbecue and top with small scoops of remaining reserved marinade.

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    Simple and delicous! Lemon and rosemary pair well together and this was no exception. Like just about everyone else, I used olive oil (about 1/4 cup) instead of butter. Not only because it's healthier, but because in terms of marinades it just tenderizes the chicken a lot better. I love fresh rosemary and fresh lemon along with the garlic and I also added just a bit of dijon mustard to the mix. I pounded the chicken down thin and poked it with a fork. I put everything into a ziploc bag and let it marinate for about 6 hours turning it a few times during marinating. Wow - what tender, juicy chicken that was full of wonderful lemony herbed flavor! This is a definite keeper.  -  18 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Instead of butter, I used extra virgin olive oil and threw everything in a plastic bag. I also pounded my chicken breasts very thin. I served platter style with some fresh rosemary and grilled lemon slices. Presentation was gorgeous.  -  09 Aug 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Delicious marinade!!! I used olive oil rather than the butter (much healthier), and then grilled this on my George Foreman and it turned out perfect, very moist and flavorful!  -  24 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)