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Garlic Grilled Chicken – A Great Labor Day Weekend Recipe

Monday is Labor Day here in the US and it means a three-day weekend for many of us.  In some ways it does symbolize the end of summer, especially if you have school age children that have returned to school. In my case, it is the beginning of one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the month of September and the extended summer days we enjoy here in the South. Earlier in August, we took a road trip to Brevard, NC and I will be sharing some of the pictures from that trip later in the month of September.  On our way home, we stopped in Asheville and at one of our favorite restaurants, The Apollo Bistro.  It is a Greek/Italian restaurant with wonderful pizza, salads or Greek dishes.  I had a Greek salad with garlic chicken.  I loved the flavor of the chicken and decided I would try to make something similar at home.

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My neighbor, Syma, gave me a Mediterranean Diet Cookbook recently and I have enjoyed using it for salad dressing, etc.  I browsed through the book to see if there was any chicken recipes that intrigued me.  I found two and one was a Tuscan grilled chicken and it had the ingredients for 6 or 7 pounds of chicken. As I was using about a pound of chicken, I just wasn’t sure I could adjust the seasonings for the smaller amount.  The other recipe was for Lebanese Garlic Marinated Chicken on the Grill.  The recipe called for two pounds of chicken breasts so I thought I could surely adjust the seasonings for my chicken.  I also liked the fact the chicken was to be grilled.

Here is the recipe with my adjustments:

one and one-quarter pounds of boneless chicken breast

3 large garlic cloves

1 teaspoon of salt

1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon of paprika

freshly ground black pepper to taste

As the chicken breasts were split in half, I cut each breast in half again and put them in a shallow plastic container

I chopped the garlic coarsely and put it into a small bowl with the salt and crushed it using the back of the spoon to make a smooth paste.

I then stirred in the lemon juice, oil, paprika and pepper and beat well with a fork.

I poured the mixture over the chicken breasts and turned the pieces to coat them liberally with the marinated.

I covered the container and placed it in the fridge for about 5 hours or you could marinate it overnight.

As it was a workday for us.  I prepared the chicken and placed it in the fridge.  When my husband came home he grilled the chicken and had it ready for me when I arrived home from work.  He used the marinade to baste the chicken as it was being grilled.

I was very happy with the results as the chicken had lots of flavor and was very moist and tender. This was so easy to make and it included simple ingredients that we usually have in our kitchen.  I guess I am a real foodie because I loved the aroma of the marinade after I prepared it.  It had such a warm comforting smell to it. I think I am one of those strange people who think food smells are better than the smell of room fresheners. This would be a great recipe for an end of the summer meal or just an every day go to recipe.

I hope you have a great weekend and a wonderful Labor Day celebration if you are here in the US.

7 responses »

  1. Beautiful paprika and garlic…….the grill smells wonderful.

  2. i put this in the fridge for tomorrow! I had to sub lime juice for lemon because it was what I had and I’m too lazy to get this morning and get lemons!! LOL Thanks for sharing, I’ll let you know how it goes! Using limes I may take this in a Southwestern direction…we’ll see!


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