Bud's " Distract the Neighbors " Grilled Chicken

Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 3 hrs 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

"This is a delightful, simple dish that will fill the neighborhood with a gorgeous scent". Both outdoor grilling and pan grilling directions are given in the directions. Serve with your favorite grilled chicken sides or if you want to maintain the Middle Eastern theme serve with tabbouleh, baba ghanouj, yogurt dip, Arabic bread, etc. as a suggestion. We enjoyed the chicken with these sides: yogurt dip consisting of cucumbers, rose water, salt and mint; Bud's Special Rice for Special Company, and fresh steamed plain green beans. From the book The Language of Baklava (page 79) by Diana Abu-Jaber.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Tip: I first rubbed the rosemary leaves in a pestle and mortar to release the oil and flavor. In a large non-reactive bowl (I used a gallon size "Ziploc" bag instead), combine the marinade ingredients. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and stir to coat them on all sides.
  2. Note: if you choose to cook the chicken on an outdoor grill, you don't have to pound the pieces first unless you want. Alternatively, the chicken pieces can be cut smaller and threaded on skewers to make shish kabobs.
  3. Cover well and refrigerate for a *minimum* of 3 hours. I marinated the chicken for a solid 6 hours but overnight will work, too. Turn the chicken pieces occasionally.
  4. To OUTDOOR GRILL: Place the chicken parts on the grill. Grill over hot charcoals for 10-15 minutes, turning frequently and basting with the marinade.
  5. To STOVE TOP GRILL: Heat the pan on medium-high heat. Place the chicken on the grill pan and cook on each side about five minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
  6. Transfer to a platter and garnish with lemon wedges and fresh sprigs of rosemary.
  7. Prep time includes 3 hours required (minimum) for marinating the chicken.
Most Helpful

Wow! This chicken was moist and had great flavor. My rosemary in the garden was looking a bit dried up so I used some dry rosemary too. My DH grilled 4 marinated chicken thighs on nonstick foil on our gas grill to reduce flare ups. The flavor was superb, and I will be making this again! Made for NAME tag.

AcadiaTwo August 01, 2012

Fresh, bold flavor! This was wonderful. It's not grilling time yet here in the PNW, so I actually seared this in a stainless steel skillet, reduced the heat, and continued until done, about 10 minutes. I ended up marinating the chicken (boneless thighs) for about 7 hours in a ziploc....worked fine. I had leftovers the next day and shredded them for quesadillas. Delicious. I'm loving recipes like this, with simple, fresh prep and full of good nutrition. Thanks for posting!

sandrasothere March 09, 2012

I really can recommend this dish because it was delicious.!
I prepared this with fresh ingredients and rosemary from our garden. I marinated this 4 hours and after this time I barbecued this on a grill pan on open fire. Soo yummy.
This was really appreciated from all of us and the neighbors were more than happy because I invited them for dinner.

awalde March 01, 2012