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Friday, May 13, 2011

guest post: lemon rosemary chicken from it's a keeper

howdy, friends!
still lovin' the florida sunshine -
but while i'm gone, i've asked some of my favorite bloggers to fill in for me!
today, i'm happy to have christina from it's a keeper.
if you haven't checked out her blog, it's pretty much amazing.
recently, i participated in a cookbook review she hosted
& she hosts one of my favorite link parties every week called it's a keeper thursday.
take it away christina!

Christina, a northeastern Pennsylvania native, is a full-time working mother. On her blog, It’s a Keeper (, she is cooking her way through a pile of 259 random recipes that she’s collected and reporting the results – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken

Since the weather is getting warmer (when it's not raining) here in northeastern Pennsylvania. I thought it would be fun to start sharing some recipes for the grill. I came across this recipe in a Cook’s Country magazine. It looked fantastic and I absolutely recipes with fresh rosemary. Plus, I was intrigued by having to grill the lemons before juicing them.

The Recipe

1 lemon, halved
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Grill lemons, cut side down, over hot fire until deep brown and caramelized, 5-8 minutes.

Squeeze 3 tablespoons juice from grilled lemons into medium bowl. Stir in mustard, rosemary, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in oil until emulsified; reserve 1/3 cup.

Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Brush chicken with remaining dressing and grill over hot fire until well browned and cooked through (meat should measure 160 degrees).

Use remaining dressing to dress a mixed green salad.

Is it a Keeper?

This recipe was delicious. The grilled lemon juice had a much deeper flavor than regular lemon juice. So good! We love grilling chicken and this is a great way to kick up our usual marinade.

The dressing also makes a great salad dressing! Very flavorful and light. I even used leftover chicken on the salad -- it was a perfect lunch!

I would definitely make this again…it’s easy enough. On a side note, it does taste quite a bit like Wegman’sBalsamic Rosemary marinade (which I absolutely LOVE on steaks).

doesn't this sound delicious?!
i can't wait for the hubs to fire up the grill & try it -
& putting the leftover chicken & dressing on a salad??
yes, please!
thanks so much, christina, for sharing a keeper with us!
make sure you check out it's a keeper for even more great recipes!

until next time,


  1. I have to agree this is for sure a KEEPER!

    I follow the blog!

  2. It's my day for a blog hop, I'd love it if you came over and shared one of your great recipes at savory sunday!! Have a great day :)

  3. Thanks for the kind words, Sparky Larky! :)

    Christina @ It's a Keeper