Rosemary and lemon are two flavors that seem to just naturally work well together, like a hand and a glove, or maybe Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme. The brightness of the citrus amplifies the earthy freshness of the herb, bringing what ever dish they appear together in alive. One of my favorite ways to incorporate this dynamic duo is to use it in a marinade for grilled poultry. Add some garlic, and you have the most amazing tasting, mouth-watering chicken ever. What a perfect way to bring a new twist to your grilled bird.
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice about 2 lemons
- 1/4 cup olive oil plus more for grill grates and drizzling
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 6 - 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast
- 1 lemon sliced in half, garnish
Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, rosemary, garlic and a big pinch of salt and pepper in a measuring cup. Let stand for about an hour at room temperature to allow the lemon time to mingle with the garlic and herbs.
Add chicken to a gallon-size zip top bag or casserole dish and pour the marinade over the chicken. Turn bag to coat and let the chicken marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes (or 1 hour in the refrigerator).
Tip: Longer is not necessarily better when using citrus based marinades. The lemon juice will actually begin to cook the meat the same way it does in the method used to make ceviche.
Heat a grill to medium-high. Brush the grill grates with a wire brush to clean, and wipe the grill with olive oil using a clean tea towel or paper towel.
Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade.
Place the chicken on the grill and cook until golden and slightly charred, about 3 minutes per side.
Place the lemon halves cut-side down on the grill grate and grill until charred, about 4 minutes.
Squeeze some of the grilled lemon over the chicken and allow to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.
This marinade also works well for grilling pork.