Since making my own raspberry vinegar and using it to make raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing, I've discovered my new favorite marinade for chicken--raspberry vinaigrette with a fresh herb added. That's it. So easy. The result is flavorful, moist grilled chicken. The raspberry vinaigrette is already deliciously seasoned (salt, pepper, shallots, honey, and more), so it doesn't need anything else added except whatever fresh herb I have on hand. Rosemary is my favorite with this. I've been using this marinade on boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs to make it as low-fat as possible; but you can leave the skin on, if you prefer. I always grill more than we'll eat for dinner so that there is cold grilled chicken left the next day to serve on salad or in a sandwich or wrap.
Step-by-step photos for making
Grilled Chicken with Raspberry Rosemary Marinade
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: raspberry vinaigrette; boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs; fresh rosemary (or substitute another fresh herb such as thyme, tarragon, sage, or basil)
You can purchase bottled raspberry vinaigrette, or make your own. Here's my recipe:
Click to view & print Raspberry Vinaigrette recipe
Step 2. Chop 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary (or substitute another favorite fresh herb such as thyme, sage, or basil).
Step 3. Add the rosemary to the raspberry vinaigrette and whisk them together.
NOTE: If chicken pieces are uneven in thickness, place them inside a ziploc bag and flatten the thicker portions with a meat pounder or the bottom of a skillet to ensure even cooking. (For photos and more detail, read my previous post about preparing chicken breasts.) Flattening may not be necessary with small chicken pieces that have fairly even thickness. That was the case with these chicken breasts; they didn't required pounding.
Step 4. Place chicken pieces in a dish in single layer. Pour the vinaigrette mixture over the top and turn the pieces with tongs until completely coated on all sides.
Step 5. Cover and let chicken marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes (no longer than 60 minutes).
Step 6. Prepare the grill. Preheat it on high, use a grill brush to clean off any previous grilling debris. Using tongs, dip a folded paper towel in vegetable oil and rub the grill grate completely with oil.
Step 7. Place chicken on grill, discarding the marinade. Cook chicken 2-4 minutes on each side, until the internal temperature is 160 degrees. Use an instant-read thermometer to test the temp. Don't overcook it, or you'll end up with dry, tough chicken.
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Step 8. Put the grilled chicken in a dish and cover it loosely with foil for 5-10 minutes. This rest time allows the juices to settled in the meat, resulting in moist chicken.
Step 9. Transfer chicken to a platter. Pour any remaining cooked pan juices over top.
This chicken is great paired with Pesto Brown Rice Pilaf.
Serve it cold for a salad, wrap or sandwich.
If you have leftovers, store whole pieces in a sealed container in the fridge along with any remaining pan juices left on the bottom of the serving dish. Slice the chicken and serve it cold on top of a salad, in a wrap, or on a sandwich for lunch the next day. The chicken will remain moist if you don't slice it before putting it in the fridge. Wait and slice it right before you want to eat it. Lightly coat the cold sliced chicken with the pan juices before adding them to the salad/wrap/sandwich for added flavor and moisture.
This is my favorite way to grill chicken this summer. What's yours?
Make it a yummy day!
(Keep scrolling to the bottom for the printable recipe)
It's easy to make homemade raspberry vinegar for yourself or gifts.
Here's my recipe:
Click to view & print Raspberry Vinegar recipe
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