Can you feel it coming? I know I could before the cold snap came back! Spring is definitely in the air and so are spring ingredients. Chicken is a main staple in our house, and as the warmer weather approaches, we get back to grilling. I put together some fresh ingredients to come up with these Lemon Basil Chicken Thighs to welcome spring!
What I love the most about this recipe is how simple and fast it is, especially if you plan ahead. My Honey Lime Grilled Chicken Thighs are equally as easy and tasty if you prefer those flavors. I love the lemon and basil. It gave me some different grain pairings and a fresh veggie option. I paired my Lemon Basil Grilled Chicken with some couscous and fresh sliced tomatoes. I prefer the Near East Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil Couscous. I used some leftover lemon to squeeze over the couscous for an added kick. This 3 components make the perfect plate, a tasty, high quality protein, vegetables, and grains. It’s also a light meal that won’t feel heavy on your stomach.
This recipe is completely gluten-free and dairy free. Couscous is not gluten-free. It’s actually crushed durum wheat so if you follow a gluten-free diet, you may want to look at another option like quinoa which is similar in texture and higher in protein and fiber.
- 6- 7 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1 large lemons, juiced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
- 6 - 8 skinless boneless chicken thighs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
- In a large gallon sized disposable bag, add the basil, lemon juice garlic, and vinegar in the bag. Add the chicken and seal shut.
- Gently shake the bag with the chicken to disperse the mixture over the chicken.
- Place in the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes.
- Heat your grill for medium high heat.
- Cook 4 - 6 minutes per side. You will know when it's ready to flip when it releases from the grill.
- Garnish with fresh lemon slices and fresh basil.
What are you favorite spring flavors?
Author: Betsy Ramirez
Betsy is a registered dietitian/nutritionist, homeschool mom, & fairy tale junkie, who loves getting crafty. Being on my bike and lifting weights are my therapy. Thinking outside the box is my jam!