Indecision Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh sage
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp seeded mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ¼ cup [60 ml] extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ lb [680 g] boneless, skinless chicken thighs and/ or breasts

Directions

In a large bowl, whisk together the garlic, parsley, sage, lemon zest, lemon juice, both mustards, the honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken and use your hands to coat each piece with the mixture. Let the chicken marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour at room temperature (or up to overnight, covered, in the refrigerator; bring to room temperature before proceeding).

Preheat the grill for high heat (or heat a large grill pan set over a couple of burners). Make sure your grates are super-clean.

Grill the chicken, turning the pieces occasionally, until it is nicely browned and is firm to the touch, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a platter and serve immediately or at room temperature with lemon wedges for squeezing over.

NOTE: Alternatively, you can roast the chicken in a 425 ° F [220 ° C] oven, turning the pieces halfway through cooking, for about 25 minutes total or broil them for about 5 minutes on each side.

SPIN-OFFS

  • MAKE PLAIN GRILLED CHICKEN (just coat it with olive oil and season with salt) and serve with Cilantro + Scallion Sauce (page 257); Arugula + Walnut Pesto (page 259); Chile, Lemon + Parsley Crème Fraîche (page 261); or Henley Mustard Sauce (see page 151).
  • TRY A DRY RUB INSTEAD OF A MARINADE— one of my favorites is a mixture of equal parts salt, brown sugar, and gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes). This mixture also works really well on steaks and pork chops. Simply rub the chicken pieces with the rub and let them sit for about 1 hour at room temperature (or up to overnight in the refrigerator) before grilling. For great barbecued chicken, use this dry rub and then serve the chicken slathered with store-bought barbecue sauce or Molasses Barbecue Sauce.

From: Small Victories cookbook