SOMETIMES LAST MINUTE DINNER PARTIES ARE THE BEST
It’s hard to believe it’s already August! I started writing this post back in June and I am just getting back to it.
I have a mountain of stories and recipes ready to share with you but while I am getting them together,
I want to share a very simple marinated chicken dish that I made for a last minute dinner party.
This dish is perfect for a group and easy to assemble. Add a couple of sides and a salad and you will have a tasty and affordable feast. I like to use chicken thighs because you are pretty much guaranteed a moist piece of chicken every time.
I am not going to a step by step delio because you don’t need it for this one. You just make the marinade, drop in the chicken and grill it up.
It goes something like this:
THE BASICS * YOU CAN BUY EVERYTHING YOU NEED AT TRADER JOE’S
INTO THE DISH WITH ALL THE GOODIES
VOLIA * FOR ADDED FLAVOR & COLOR GRILL UP A BATCH OF LEMONS TOO
Here’s what you need:
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/4 cup rosemary leaves
4 tablespoons chopped garlic
3 tablespoons lemon zest
juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
sea salt (I like Maldon) & freshly ground pepper
8 chicken thighs rinsed, dried & trimmed
extra lemons to grill for garnish
extra rosemary to garnish the platter
Put it together:
In a medium bowl whisk together the first 8 ingredients / save a little on the side to brush onto chicken while it’s cooking.
Add the marinade to the chicken thighs in a large zip lock bag and smush it around so the thighs are evenly coated. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight turning occasionally if you remember.
Preheat your grill to medium temp.
Shake off your thighs and start cooking. Depending on the size of your thighs this should take 8-10minutes per thigh. Brush the reserve marinade on the chicken when you turn it.
Once they come off the grill season with salt, pepper & a big squeeze of lemon.
Clean off your grill and add lemons halves and char until they are golden, add to your platter of chicken and garnish with rosemary.
Note: This marinade will keep in the frig for at least 4 days so feel free to make it in advance.
Enjoy these summer days while you can!
Talk to you soon xox Nili