Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing

Giada de Laurentiis
Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing
Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

36

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

36

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3

    cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3

    Tbsp fresh lemon juice, plus 1/4 cup

  • 1 1/2

    tsp fennel seeds, coarsely crushed

  • 1 1/2

    tsp salt

  • 1

    tsp 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

    tsp grated lemon peel

Directions

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.

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