Grilled Three-Herb Chicken

Grilling flavor secret? Try this citrus and herb marinade for tasty chicken.

  • Prep Time 1 hr 5 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 35 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1/2
cup vegetable oil
1/2
cup lime juice
2
tablespoons chopped fresh or 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
2
tablespoons chopped fresh or 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2
tablespoons chopped fresh or 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
1
teaspoon onion powder
1/4
teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
4
chicken thighs (about 1 lb)
4
chicken drumsticks (about 1 lb)

  • 1 In shallow glass or plastic dish or heavy-duty resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix all ingredients except chicken. Add chicken thighs and drumsticks; turn to coat with marinade. Cover dish or seal bag; refrigerate, turning chicken occasionally, at least 30 minutes but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 2 Heat gas or charcoal grill. Remove chicken from marinade; reserve marinade. Place chicken, skin sides down, on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 15 minutes. Turn chicken; brush with marinade. Cover grill; cook 15 minutes. Brush with marinade; cook 5 to 15 minutes longer or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (180°F). Discard any remaining marinade.

Expert Tips

Microwave the chicken to partially cook it before grilling. Not only does this save time, but it can also help prevent overcooked, burned chicken. Place marinated chicken in microwavable dish with thickest parts to the outside edge. Cover with microwavable plastic wrap, folding back one corner to allow steam to escape. Microwave on High 10 to 12 minutes, rotating dish 1/2 turn after 5 minutes, until edges begin to cook; drain. Immediately put chicken on heated grill; grill 15 to 20 minutes.

Garnish individual servings with lime slices or sprigs of fresh basil, oregano or thyme.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
510
(
Calories from Fat
380),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
42g
42%
(Saturated Fat
9g,
9%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
95mg
95%;
Sodium
115mg
115%;
Total Carbohydrate
4g
4%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
30g
30%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 4 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.