Sunday, January 15, 2017

Giada's Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing....& GIVEAWAY WINNER

Each winter, we have a summer meal on a "warm" day and it was 50 degrees last week so we grilled.  I love lemons, and have been making Giada's lemon basil chicken since 2011 when I found the recipe. This grilled chicken is very moist, and the basil dressing is fresh and citrusy. The longer you marinate the chicken, the better!

 The grilled chicken is like summer on a plate. We froze corn on the cob from our favorite farm in August, and it was tasty with the chicken. 
And just in case you aren't quite sure whether you'd enjoy this wonderful summer chicken dish, you can read reviews about the recipe by clicking here. Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing

There is also a video of adorable Giada making this dish if you are interested. 

Here is the recipe:

Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis, 2009
(Serves 6 )


2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus 1/4 cup

1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds, coarsely crushed

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

3 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts

1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves

1 large garlic clove

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel


Whisk 1/3 cup of oil, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, fennel seeds, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper in a resalable 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 peel, 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 oil. Season the basil sauce, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.

Prepare the barbecue for medium-high heat or preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from the marinade. Discard the marinade. Grill the chicken until just cooked through, about 8 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to serving plates, drizzle with the basil sauce and serve.

The winner of the Serious Chocolate Lovers giveaway from Honduras Chocolate is:

Karen @ Back Road Journal

Congratulations Karen! Enjoy your flight of chocolate. 

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Deb, we grill on warmer days to enjoy time outside when the weather allows. I love this recipe, citrus added to dressings and marinade are my favorites.. Now you have me in the mood for grilling! Thanks for the recipe, printing it out.........

  2. The chicken sounds great and it's always fun to be able to grill out in winter-enjoy:@)

  3. Congrats Karen:) Jacques loves grilling ..he keeps it in the porch and grills:)

  4. How fun for you to grill in the winter, Debbie. This chicken dish sounds so fresh with the citrus and the basil, and simple, too. Thanks for sharing one of your favorite dishes of Giada's.
    Congratulations to Karen on winning the chocolate!!
    Hope you have a wonderful week, my friend. xo

  5. We're supposed to get close to 50 by the end of the week and that's when John likes to fire up the grill too. The basil dressing sounds wonderful and congrats to Karen!

  6. Cold and rainy here again, but saving this for the future. Looks delicious! Congratulations to Karen. I know she will enjoy the chocolate!

  7. Since we now live in Florida, I'm lucky enough to be able to grill all year and this certainly does sound like a delicious chicken dish. Speaking of being lucky, I was excited to be the winner of the chocolate…thank you so much Deb for the introduction to the chocolate from Hondura.

  8. This sounds delicious. You cannot go wrong with citrus and basil ingredients. Congrats to Karen on the win of the chocolate. Have a great week and yes, your blog is back in business.

  9. Hi Debbie, what a delicious combo, we are fortunate enough to grill all year as we live in the southwest, that way my husband does the work;)

  10. Pinned! This is our type of recipe anytime of year! Thanks Debbie!

  11. this is very interesting.. I love to try this recipe..

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