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Monday, May 21, 2007

Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing

This is by far the best chicken recipe I have ever used. Giada DeLaurentis prepared it a few years ago on her show and I have used it ever since. The lemon juice, basil and garlic really brighten this dish!

Grilled Chicken w/Basil Dressing

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. plus 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds, coarsely crushed
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
1 large clove garlic
1 tsp. grated lemon zest

Whisk 1/3 cup of oil, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, fennel seeds, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a heavy-duty re-sealable plastic bag. Add the chicken and seal the bag. Massage the marinade into the chicken. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day, turning the chicken occasionally.
Meanwhile, blend the basil, garlic, lemon zest, remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a blender until smooth. Gradually blend in the remaining 1/3 cup of oil. Season the basil sauce, to taste, with more salt and pepper if desired.
Prepare the grill for medium high heat. Grill the chicken until just cooked through. Transfer to a plate, drizzle with basil sauce and serve.

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