Maple-Dill Chicken

by Jen on August 27, 2012

I can hardly believe that summer is nearing an end.  I find it quite depressing actually.  On one hand, it will be nice to have a break from the kids while they are at school, but I will really miss our lazy days, walks to the park, and the hot weather.

That being said, I’m trying to use the grill as much as possible.  While it’s still possible to grill in the wintertime, who really wants to go out into the snow and freezing cold to BBQ some chicken.  Not this girl.

I had ordered a bunch of herbs from my son’s school last spring, so it’s been nice to use fresh herbs all summer long.  One herb that I really enjoy is dill.  It’s so versatile.  You can use it with chicken or pork but it also goes great with veggies or mixed into Greek yogurt to make a Tzatziki dip.

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I absolutely love the combination of flavors in this recipe: maple syrup, dill, mustard, and lemon.  You really can’t go wrong with a sweet and savory marinade.

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This meal was phenomenal, something you could serve to company.  Along with the Maple and Dill Chicken, I grilled up some veggies that had been tossed with my favorite Lemon-Basil Pesto.

This is such a healthy, family-friendly meal, plus it’s so easy to put together; don’t be fooled by the prep time because that includes the marinating time.  So fire up your grill and enjoy these last days of summer with this Maple and Dill Chicken!  You won’t be disappointed.

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Maple-Dill Chicken

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Prep Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: serves 4

Serving Size: 1 chicken breast

Recipe slightly adapted from Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry

Ingredients

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh dill
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pinch of sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients (minus the chicken breasts.)
  2. Place the chicken breasts in a large zipper-closure bag and pour in marinade ingredients. Seal bag and marinate chicken in the fridge for at least an hour (all day is best!)
  3. Preheat grill to 350F or medium heat Remove chicken from bag and grill until cooked through, approximately 18 - 20 minutes.
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