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Grilled Lemon Chicken With Fresh Parsley Sauce

Photo: Leigh Beisch

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 7 mins
Yield Makes 6 servings (serving size: 2 tenders and 1 tablespoon sauce)
A simple sauce made from fresh herbs transforms simple grilled chicken into a weeknight masterpiece.

Ingredients

  • Chicken:
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast tenders
  • Sauce:
  • 2/3 cup flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot (about 1/2 shallot)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon slices, for garnish

Nutrition Information

  • calories 176
  • fat 8 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 5 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 23 g
  • carbohydrate 2 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 63 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 176 mg
  • calcium 21 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill.

  2. For marinade, zest the entire lemon (yellow part only, about 1 tablespoon), and place zest in a large mixing bowl. Add juice (3 tablespoons) of the lemon to bowl (don't worry if seeds are also added). Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and sugar; stir to combine. Add chicken tenders; stir to coat with marinade. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes.

  3. While the chicken marinates, make the sauce: Combine all sauce ingredients in a blender. Cover and blend on medium speed until smooth, about 20-30 seconds. Set sauce aside.

  4. Using tongs, place marinated chicken on the grill; discard marinade. Cook about 4 minutes; flip the tenders and cook an additional 3-5 minutes or until cooked through. Divide tenders among 6 plates (about 2 tenders each), and drizzle each portion with 1 tablespoon sauce. Garnish with lemon slices. Store leftover sauce, covered, in refrigerator up to 3 days.

Cook's Notes

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