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Grilled Chicken with Rosemary

Tags: AHA Teaching Garden, main dish, recipe

This rosemary-lemon marinade is an excellent match for chicken that will be hitting the grill — and perfect for your next summer cookout. Be sure to make extra, as it’s great chopped and added to a salad for a quick and delicious lunch.

Yield :  4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp minced garlic or 2 cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher (coarse) salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • Rosemary sprigs, if desired
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (recipe below)


  • In large, heavy resealable plastic bag, combine lemon juice, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper. Place chicken in bag, coating all sides with lemon juice. Seal bag.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Place chicken on gas grill over medium-high heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium-high coals.
  • Cook 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center, turning once.
  • Garnish with rosemary sprigs and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (if desired).
Grilled Chicken with Rosemary
Grilled Chicken with Rosemary!

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto


  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped garlic


  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor, then process until roughly chopped.
Use extra roma tomatoes to make these snacks.

Featured Ingredient:  Rosemary

Rosemary is a highly aromatic herb with great ornamental and culinary value for your garden. The leaves are easily removed from the woody stem and added to flavor a great variety of dishes, from stews and soups to dressings and baked goods, or even mixed with butter and melted over a steak. Unlike most herbs, rosemary boasts a flavor that is stronger when it’s first harvested than it is when it’s dried, so it’s worth having a fresh source on hand. The plants are also very easy to grow, either directly in the ground or in a pot. With so many uses, it’s definitely worth learning how to grow your own rosemary!

Upright, evergreen, and fragrant, rosemary adds as much to the landscape as it does to your favorite dishes.
Upright, evergreen, and fragrant, rosemary adds as much to the landscape as it does to your favorite dishes.

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