Basil Grilled Chicken Recipe

4 servings Unwind with a cold beverage after work as this flavorful chicken marinates in a tomato-herb mixture for an hour before being grilled.

One serving has 177 calories, 5g of fat (1g saturated fat), 63 mg of cholesterol, 171 mg of sodium, 8g of carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), and 24g of protein.

I Can’t Stop Making This Garlic, Basil Chicken Marinade

Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing 🔗


Prep: 0 20min0

Total: 0 1h6min0

Serving Size: 1 of 6 servings

Nutrition Facts: servingSize 1 of 6 servings, calories 584, Fat 48g, Saturated Fat 10g, Carbohydrate 2g, Fiber 0g, Sugar 0g, Protein 34g, Cholesterol 150mg, Sodium 538mg


  • 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


  1. 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 resealable 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


Is Basil good to put on chicken?

Basil is beneficial to chickens in addition to being a delicious culinary herb.

What can you use basil with?

Thai basil chicken is a traditional dish in Thai cuisine that can be found in restaurants and as a popular street food. It is a stir-fry dish made with finely chopped or ground chicken cooked with chile peppers, garlic, and shallots, and seasoned with a sweet and salty sauce and finished with fresh basil.

How do you make grilled chicken rice?

How to Use BasilTop whole leaves onto pizza; finish pasta with whole or thinly sliced leaves; blend it into sauces; purée it into soups; chop it up to add to a salad; garnish avocado toast; or turn it into an ice cream topping! Jazz up vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries, basil, and a balsamic reduction.

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