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Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing
Giada De Laurentiis
- 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (plus 1/4 cup)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds (coarsely crushed)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 bone-in (skin-on chicken thighs)
- 3 bone-in (skin-on chicken breasts)
- 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
- 1 large garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- Whisk 1/3 cup of oil, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, fennel seeds, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper in a resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken and seal the bag. Massage the marinade into the chicken. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day, turning the chicken occasionally.
- Meanwhile, blend the basil, garlic, lemon peel, remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a blender until smooth. Gradually blend in the remaining 1/3 cup oil. Season the basil sauce, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.
- Prepare the barbecue for medium-high heat or preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from the marinade. Discard the marinade. Grill the chicken until just cooked through, about 8 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to serving plates, drizzle with the basil sauce and serve.