Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary

Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary

by Megan on July 18, 2011

It’s this months Secret Recipe Reveal and my assignment was the blog  Little Bit Of Everything. I found the recipe I was going to be making as soon as I landed on Julie’s blog. The more I looked, the more I wanted to make. We love our Grilled Balsamic Chicken Recipe,  so I stuck with my first choice,

Grilled Balsamic Chicken With Rosemary And Lemon.

I’m glad I did!

Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Rosemary and Lemon

The only changes I made where to use a tangerine flavored balsamic vinegar and I only had 1/4 cup of olive oil so I also used 1/4 cup avocado oil. I used a Montreal steak seasoning for the salt and pepper. I reduced the marinade and served the balsamic sauce on the side. Otherwise, I did what Julie did!
This recipe is a keeper.

Fancy enough for company, yet simple enough for your next weekend BBQ!

For more information on the Secret Recipe Club, here’s all the info!


Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Rosemary and Lemon Recipe
Recipe Type: Entree. Chicken
Author: Recipe by Emeril Lagasse
Prep time: 4 hours
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 4 hours 20 mins
Serves: 4-8
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I used a tangerine flavored one)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil(I used half olive and half avocado oil)
  • 1/4 cup rosemary leaves
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 chicken thighs (I added one breast for the hubby)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper(I used Montreal seasoning)
  1. In a medium bowl combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, rosemary, garlic, lemon zest and red pepper flakes.
  2. Whisk to combine and pour into a 1-gallon resealable food storage plastic bag.
  3. Put the chicken in the bag and seal.
  4. Turn to ensure that the chicken is evenly coated, then refrigerate, turning occasionally, for 2 to 4 hours.
  5. Preheat a grill to medium-low and brush the grates lightly with an oil soaked cloth. Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry.
  6. Season the chicken well on all sides with salt and pepper, then place on the grill, skin side down.
  7. Cook the chicken about 8 to 10 minutes, turn and continue to cook an additional 8 to 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Remove from the heat and serve.




{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jane Bonacci - The Heritage Cook July 18, 2011 at 6:04 am

This looks amazing! Excellent choice for the SRC Megan. I can’t wait to try this!

2 Tami July 18, 2011 at 7:25 am

I’ve added this to my “must try” list! Your pictures of this dish are just beautiful!

3 Barbara Bakes July 18, 2011 at 8:23 am

Great choice! It looks like something my family would love too.

4 July 18, 2011 at 8:32 am

I love recipes with a balsamic glaze. Your chicken looks so incredible. I recently posted a recipe for Fabulous Grilled Turkey Tenderloin With a Dazzling Balsamic Sauce. I’m going to give your chicken recipe a try.

5 patsy July 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

That is a gorgeous chicken dish! Love the flavor combination and that it is flexible enough to still be wonderful with substitutions!

6 Dan July 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

Wow, that photo is spectacular.

The citrus flavour in the vinegar must compliment the dish really well. Not as sweet as a raspberry infusion (which I don’t think would’ve worked) and the tart of the lemon would’ve balanced it out well.

7 Barbara | Creative Culinary July 18, 2011 at 11:26 am

All things I love plus grilled chicken. I have to try this. I’ve done so many variation on an olive oil with balsamic and rosemary but not sure I’ve ever added lemon. Duh.

And yes, I just checked and there is garlic. I’m done. In. Thawing chicken in about 2 seconds!

8 norma July 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

You wowed me with the first picture. This really sounds delicious.

9 amanda @ fake ginger July 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Printing this out ASAP for my husband! I know he would love to make it. It looks fantastic!

10 Maris(In Good Taste) July 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm

This is absolutely gorgeous. Those cute little lemon swirls on top finish off a beautiful dish

11 Katrina July 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Mmm, that is some tasty looking chicken. I never knew there was such a thing as avocado oil. Cool.

12 sara July 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Love this chicken! I’m always looking for creative chicken recipes that really bring the flavor, and this one looks like it would hit the spot! :)

13 Julie July 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Hi! Thanks for featuring this recipe. We loved this one, too! Such great flavors. I see you are a camper! So are we, I love the pies in a jar. Perfect dessert for camping. I take my crock pot a lot and do desserts in there! So nice meeting you through SRC!! Your blog is lovely!!!

14 Shelby July 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm

This is a gorgeous dish Megan!

15 Taylor July 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I just got a new grill so I have my eye out for new grilling recipes…this one looks like a total winner!

16 Lisa~~ July 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Your pictures are gorgeous and the recipe looks wonderful too.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

Cook Lisa Cook

17 Melanie July 19, 2011 at 3:18 am

Mhm, all my favorite flavors in one dish! And on dark meat too!

18 Kate July 19, 2011 at 8:12 am

We eat a lot of chicken at our house. I am always looking for a way to change it. I have found it. This sounds wonderful. Great SRC entry.

19 Corina July 19, 2011 at 8:38 am

These look gorgeous – there’s so much colour on them.

20 Delishhh July 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Just wonderful! Nice work on the Secret Recipe Club. Isn’t it fun. I love finding new blogs and reading through them.

21 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) July 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Great job…this look WONDERFUL! Pinning to make soon as we eat a lot of chicken at my house. I joined SRC this month and had such fun…can’t wait to see who I’m paired up with next time!!

22 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen July 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm

My family would go crazy over this! That lemon?! Yum!

23 5 Star Foodie July 20, 2011 at 7:01 am

A terrific summer chicken, must be fantastic with tangerine flavored balsamic vinegar!

24 Kelly July 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Wow fantastic job! This looks so delicious and your presentation is perfect! Love your blog and so glad to be a new follower! :)

25 Renée J. (RJ Flamingo) July 21, 2011 at 5:09 am

I just want to reach through the screen & grab a piece of that gorgeous chicken, Megan! You’re right – this is a keeper. :-)

26 Cait's Plate July 21, 2011 at 7:13 am

Oh my gosh – that is one beautiful dish of food! I’m so happy I found this blog – I will definitely be stopping by for meal ideas often! :)

27 Maria July 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

Fantastic summer meal!

28 Matt @ FaveDiets July 21, 2011 at 10:04 am

This recipe looks incredibly delicious. I bet the balsamic vinegar adds a great sweet flavor to this dish. Thanks for sharing this in my blog hop!

29 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme July 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

My mouth is watering just at the thought of this chicken! Luscious flavors and best of all – you used the thighs, my most favorite for grilling. Will definitely be trying this out asap.

30 renee@mykitchenadventures July 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

These look absolutely perfect! I have been experimenting with different flavor infused balsamic vinegars myself…so far I have used dark chocolate and vanilla and I also have a blood orange EVOO that I just LOVE! I am definitley putting this in the must try file now! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Have you seen the giveaway I am currently running?

31 Jamie July 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Megan, this looks so luscious and flavorful! Fabulous flavors for a chicken dish. If I can make this in an oven I will! Gorgeous!

32 Amy @ A Little Nosh July 29, 2011 at 8:45 am

Ooh, I’ve never heard of tangerine balsamic. Sounds wonderful!

Glad to be part of SRC with you!

33 marla July 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Chicken is always so much tastier with rosemary & lemon. Great flavor combo. So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you.

34 Suzanne August 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

Not only does this sound incredible but you have made it look outrageously yummy! Love SRC!!!

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