Saturday, August 10, 2013

Smokey Lemon Grilled Chicken

What says summertime better than firing up the grill, watermelon, green beans and a tropical fruity drink.  This recipe encompasses the flavors and tastes of summertime!  Lemon, watermelon, grilled chicken - yum!

To start this wonderful concoction of summertime you'll need to marinade your chicken.  I used frozen chicken breast and thawed them in the microwave for 10 minutes or so.  While the chicken was working, I made the marinade.  This could not be easier!

Zest one of the lemons and add the juice of both to a small bowl. 

Next add your spices!  1 teaspoon each cumin and oregano, a dash of salt and pepper and a half cup olive oil.

Whisk together and it is done!  See, couldn't be easier!

Put your thawed chicken in a dish and poke it with a fork.  I did this to try and get the marinade into all parts of the chicken.  I'm not a fan of just having the flavor of the marinade on the skin.  I like the whole bird to have some flava'.

Next pour the marinade over top, cover and pop in the refrigerator until you are ready to grill.  I let mine sit for about 2 hours.

The hubby grilled the chicken until it was no longer pink on the inside.  We served it with watermelon and green beans.  The smokey flavor of the cumin and the brightness of the lemon combined perfectly!  The chicken was moist and flavorful.  The watermelon and green beans were great compliments!  Corn on the cob would be FANTASTIC with this, but since we are corn free - we skipped that.  I miss corn on the cob more than I thought I would, but it isn't fair to eat it in front of the little lady, and you can't quite shame eat corn on the cob in the pantry very well. Although it might be worth a shot!

Smokey Lemon Grilled Chicken
modified from:

Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 2 lemons ( about 6 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon oregano flakes
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and Pepper
1 chicken breast

1.  Zest 1 lemon into a small bowl.
2.  Add juice of 2 lemons, oregano, cumin, olive oil, salt and pepper.
3.  Whisk to combine.
4.  Pour over thawed chicken and let set for 2 or more hours.
5.  Grill and enjoy!

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