Spring is a time of rebirth and growth when nature awakens from its winter slumber - melting snow feeding the streams and rivers, budding flowers and sprouting vegetation, citrus, and herb aromas; spring is when nature comes alive.

Springtime Grilled Citrus-Herb Chicken will get your taste buds going again with spring flavors. This chicken is a straightforward dish that one can customize to their liking; it is perfect for entertaining large groups or last-minute weeknight meals.

The simplicity starts with the chicken, breasts generously seasoned with only salt and pepper and then grilled without any marinade. Once grilled, the breasts are doused in the citrus-herb mixture and then served. 

The customization comes in which citrus and herbs are combined, such as lemon juice and parsley, orange juice and tarragon, lime juice and cilantro, lemon juice and basil, or grapefruit juice and rosemary. With so many possible combinations, try several times to find your preference, or when entertaining, create a citrus-herb bar for guests to choose.

Another opportunity for grilling in the spring is upon us, so fire up the grill, savor the warmer weather, and enjoy another season of grilling.

Serves: 8-10

Springtime Grilled Citrus-Herb Chicken Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh citrus juice (lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs (parsley, oregano, basil, cilantro, rosemary, mint, tarragon, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 8 chicken breasts (skinless, boneless, or with skin and bones — whatever kind you prefer)

Springtime Grilled Citrus-Herb Chicken Directions

  1. Whisk together the citrus juice, herbs, garlic, 1/2 tablespoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl and add oil in a slow stream, whisking.
  2. Generously season the chicken breasts, on both sides, with salt and black pepper.
  3. Prepare gas or charcoal grill. When you can hold your hand 5 inches above the rack for 3 to 4 seconds, sear chicken breasts (in batches if you have to) over coals or high heat, uncovered, turning once, until well browned, 6 to 8 minutes total, then transfer as cooked to a tray. Put all browned chicken breasts on the side of the grill with no coals underneath or indirect heat and cook, covered with the lid, occasionally turning, until just cooked through (the meat, when opened slightly, will be moist but no longer pink), 12 to 15 minutes more.
  4. Transfer breasts to a bowl with citrus herb dressing, turn to coat, and then transfer to a platter and enjoy.

Taken from popsugar.com  http://www.popsugar.com/food/Easy-Grilled-Chicken-Recipe-18733040

April 11, 2022 — Jason Klein