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Mediterranean balsamic chicken

Mediterranean balsamic chicken
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

Marinade: It's one of those culinary terms that evokes an aura of kitchen mystique, as if throwing together a bunch of liquids, flavorings, herbs and spices will magically transform meat, fish or even vegetables into tender dishes bursting with flavor. ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes plus marinating and grilling time | Serves 6
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped capers
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 (4 to 6-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces

Step 1In a large bowl, combine the peppercorns, chives, rosemary, salt, garlic, olives, capers, onion, mustard, lemon zest and juice, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Add the chicken pieces and toss to coat.

Step 2Place the chicken and marinade in a large, sealable plastic bag. Squeeze out the air and seal the bag. Place the bag in the refrigerator and marinate the chicken overnight, up to 24 hours.

Step 3Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill on an oiled rack over medium-high heat until the meat is firm and the juices run clear and a thermometer inserted reads 165 degrees. Remove the chicken to a platter and set aside for a few minutes before serving.


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