Basil Lemon Brined Grilled Chicken
This is a recipe for grilled chicken breasts that have been brined in fresh basil and lemon for unbeatable flavor. Time does not include marinating.
- Ready In:
- 2 1⁄2 cups packed basil leaves (about 3 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (1/2 lemon)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 1⁄2 lbs chicken breast halves, skin-on (about 4)
- Prepare an ice water bath for the basil.
- Bring a small saucepan of water to boil over medium high heat; wilt basil leaves, drain, and plunge basil into ice water bath, then drain.
- Puree blanched basil, salt, lemon zest, pepper and water in a mini food processor or blender until smooth.
- Combine chicken with puree in a large resealable plastic bag and allow to marinate several hours or up to overnight.
- Grill chicken over indirect heat for 20 to 25 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F with grill cover on.
- Open grill lid and grill chicken, skin side down, over direct heat to crisp skin and give it some char, 1 or 2 minutes.
- Loosely tent chicken with aluminum foil and let rest several minutes before serving.
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