After seeing the rainy forecast, this weekend seemed like the perfect time to head out of the city for a couple days and spend some quality time at my parents house in the east bay.
One of the best parts about being home (besides getting to see our black lab Jazz..I will share pictures later!) is getting to use my parents grill. There is something about BBQ grilled chicken that just puts regular pan or baked chicken to shame! Maybe it’s those signature grill marks :).
Anyway, this weekend I decided to take full advantage of the grill and make a simple Lemon Basil Chicken. Basil is one of my favorite herbs and is actually full of health benefits! Besides being packed with iron, basil can also help reduce stress! According to James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy, basil contains phytochemicals that studies suggest help lower cortisol, the hormone secreted when we are stressed. Who knew?!
Lemon Basil Chicken Recipe Ingredients:
- Fresh Basil Leaves (you can buy these at your local grocery story. Sometimes they come in little containers as you see pictured above)
- 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Lemons
- (5-6) Thinly sliced chicken breasts
Step 1: After you have cut and cleaned the chicken to your liking, gather up all of the ingredients listed above. Once you have chopped the basil and measured out the olive oil, place the chicken, basil and olive oil in a bag. Then, squeeze lemon juice into the bag and let sit for about an hour (or longer) in the refrigerator for best flavoring.
Step 2: Place chicken breasts on the grill. A little tip I learned from my mother this weekend: Don’t flip the chicken until the side facing the grill seems cooked. You will know when the time is right to flip when the chicken no longer sticks to the grill if you pull away with a fork.
Step 3: Enjoy! I always make extra chicken for the week and store in a container to use for healthy lunches and dinner.
Happy meal prep! 🙂