Bessy's Zesty Grilled Garlic-Herb Chicken Recipe -
Bessy's Zesty Grilled Garlic-Herb Chicken Recipe

Bessy's Zesty Grilled Garlic-Herb Chicken

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"Though seemingly unconventional, this recipe will surely please anyone. The combination of exotic ingredients comes together perfectly to form an altogether delicious grilled chicken."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Place chicken in a shallow dish. In a medium bowl, mix together the olive oil, sugar, honey, saffron, garlic, basil, thyme, cayenne pepper, salt, oregano, parsley, and sage. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Cover, and marinate 20 to 25 minutes in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the grill for medium heat.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Discard marinade, and place chicken on the grill. Cook for 10 minutes on each side, or until exterior is charred and juices run clear.
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  • Note
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cook time, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 07, 2009

This chicken is definitely zesty and a bit sweet with a nice touch of garlic. I omitted the saffron as did a lot of others and cut the oil down to 3/4 cup. Other than that I didn't change a thing. I pounded the chicken down to 1/2 inch and let it marinate for a few hours. The marinade didn't soak through, but the chicken was nice and tender and the outside was carmelized. It looks great and tastes even better. This goes very nice with pasta. I served it with Penne from Heaven and a nice tossed salad.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 25, 2004

This recipe was okay, but it had A LOT of olive oil in it. Also, the saffron was too expensive and didn't add much taste. If you cut down on the olive oil and eliminate the saffron, the recipe is good, but I wouldn't put it into my regular rotation of recipes.

Jan 25, 2004

SO GOOD! Saffron is a bit expensive but luckily I had some. It doesn't really add much flavor so with or without is fine. Also try this recipe without sugar and honey it's still really good. *HINT* You only need enough olive oil to coat.

Feb 02, 2004

definately delish. I normally don't like anything charred, but the "char" is just carmolized sugar... it's my new favorite marinade. We barbequed chicken and had it as a main corse, and i also have used the George Foreman to cook the chicken in this marinade and then sliced it up for salads. Highly recomended :)

Aug 31, 2007

This is SO delicious. I have made this a ton of times this summer, and everyone who has tasted it cannot say enough about how moist and flavorful it is. I change a few minor things: I skip the saffron (used it once out of curiosity, and it didn't make enough of a difference to justify the price -- it's amazing without it), I cut the cayenne pepper back to just under 1/2 tsp. (to be honest, I've never tried it with the full amount, but it just sounds like a lot of cayenne to me -- 1/2 tsp. is great), I cut the amount of olive oil in half, and I increase the marinating time. I've let this marinate anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days (once when going away on a trip when I had to take dinner along to make a couple of days later) -- delicious, any way you go about it. Great for chicken sandwiches; equally great with rice pilaf or grilled potatoes.

Jan 25, 2004

Zesty is right. This is a great change from all the soy sauce marinades. The chicken had great flavor. I marinted it during the day as opposed for 20 or 25 minutes. I also didn't have saffron but I don't think it made a difference. I also doubled the garlic. When it came off the grill it looked fantastic. A nice brownish glaze with all the herbs basted in. My husband said this was a keeper. Make it, eat it, enjoy it.

Apr 09, 2004

This recipe is AWESOME. I thought the ingredients looked pretty weird altogether but thought I'd try it anyhow. My husband and I loved it. So I made it for my in-laws who loved it, and then for my family back home, and they loved it, too. Everyone I make this for has asked for the recipe. The only change I made was that I left out the saffron because I simply can't afford it! But one of these days I'd like to try it with it and see if it adds anything... NOTE: It's a few months later, and I'm on the Atkins diet. I modified the recipe and it was just as good! I omitted the honey and used Splenda in place of the sugar. My husband didn't even know the difference.

Jan 25, 2004

Excellent, excellent and excellent!!! The recipe made a great sauce to put over egg noodles. My mom said that it was similar to something she had at the New York Hilton. She highly recommended me making this again.


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  • Calories
  • 748 kcal
  • 37%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.1 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 59 g
  • 91%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 24.9 g
  • 50%
  • Sodium
  • 641 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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