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Sunday, February 12, 2012

mangia mondays 49: grilled chicken with dijon & lemon

howdy, ya'll!
welcome to another round up of all things delicious

a food-centric blog hop i co-host each week
with the outstandingly incredible
lisa from shine your light!

this week i'm sharing
grilled chicken with dijon & lemon

4 lemons; 2 zested & juiced, 2 halved
1 C dijon mustard
2 TBS finely chopped rosemary leaves
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 (3-lb) chickens, cut into 4 pieces each
{or you can just do breasts, thighs/legs, whatever tickles your fancy!}
extra virgin olive oil

1. combine the lemon juice, zest, mustard, rosemary & crushed red pepper in a small bowl. add 1-2 TBS of olive oil to the mustard mixture to loosen it. paint this mixture generously all over the chicken & let sit for up to 2 hours at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator. {i let mine marinate overnight & i think it really makes a difference!} if you have any of the mustard mixture left over, save it for repainting while the chicken is cooking.

2. preheat the grill to medium; we want the chicken to cook on the grill as long as possible without burning to develop lovely crispy, tasty skin. make sure you oil your grill so the chicken won't stick {something we totally forgot to do... oops!}. season the chicken lightly with salt & arrange gently on the grill. if there are flare-ups, move the chicken out of the way so as to not have a sooty film on the chicken {it tastes terrible}. put the lemon halves, cut side down, on the grill also & do not disturb until they look brown and caramelized.

3. once the chicken has started to get brown & crispy & has developed grill marks in 1 direction, rotate the chicken a quarter turn in the other direction. the chicken should cook on the skin side for 10 to 12 minutes & then get turned over & cooked for the same amount of time. if there is any of the mustard mixture left over, the remainder can be used to paint the skin of the chicken once the chicken has been turned over. {if you are using the remainder of the mustard mix, be sure to give it plenty of time to cook again as it will have touched raw chicken. if not sure, skip this step.}

4. the chicken is done when the juices run clear when the pricked in the thickest part of the thigh. remove the chicken from the grill to a serving platter and serve with the grilled lemon halves. squeeze the grilled lemon over the chicken before eating for extra lemony goodness.

**if the chicken isn't up to temp {165 f!} but has a delicious looking exterior, you can always finish the cooking process in the oven!**

this chicken...
the marinade is incredible!
i really want to try this in the slow cooker...
i think it'll turn out ahhhhhmazing!

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  1. That looks yummy .... gonna have to put it on for a spin in this house!

  2. This recipe looks delicious! Thanks so much for hosting :)

  3. Hi Kristen, that chicken looks divine. The flavors of dijon and lemon are always so satisfying. Thanks so much for hosting!

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  4. Thanks for hosting! Your chicken looks great! I'm posting my cultured ketchup recipe - join me for Cultured Mondays.

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  6. Your chicken looks amazing! Can't wait to try it. :) Thanks for hosting!!

  7. Thanks for hosting! Happy Valentine's Day!!

  8. a lot of good flavors in there! have to try this chicken recipe :)

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  10. Thanks for hosting, I link up every week. I would love for you to check out my blog and follow me.