It’s grilling season! It’s grilling season!
That’s exactly what I felt like shouting the first night of the season when cooking dinner outside. We’ve repeated our outdoor cooking almost every night since. I love grilling outside. The scent of cooking food wafting through the air, the sounds of crackling inside the grill, the wave of heat that smacks you in the face when you open the lid . . . what’s not to love?
This is a new recipe for me. I have some OMG balsamic vinegar from a small chain of pasta stores called Villarina, and I wanted to try it in a marinade for chicken. The result was a slightly tangy, slightly sweet chicken breast with a rich color. Try it. It makes good leftovers too for salads or wraps.
Grilled Balsamic Chicken
- 1 lb. chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh rosemary
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 10 cloves roasted garlic
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Wash the chicken and pat dry. Cut diagonal slits across the chicken breast (about 1/4 inch thick). This allows the marinade to penetrate the meat. Place into a resealable plastic bag.
- Combine all marinade ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Pour the marinade into the plastic bag with the chicken and seal, removing as much air as possible. Let sit for 20 minutes.
- Preheat the grill to the medium setting.
- Spray the grill grates with cooking spray (while standing back!). Put the chicken on the grill.
- Cook for roughly 15-20 minutes, flipping once. Chicken is done when juices run clear.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Her latest cookbook is The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, published by Rockridge Press, which focuses on quick, easy, from-scratch cooking for busy people. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.