Lemon-Basil Buttermilk Grilled Chicken

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Lemon-Basil Buttermilk Grilled Chicken

When Chris over at Nibble Me This declared his buttermilk grilled chicken marinade the best grilled chicken marinade he had ever made or tasted, I knew I better go buy some buttermilk!  I decided on a lemon basil marinade since I am growing basil and Chicken Legs loves lemon.  It turned out really great.  The chicken was very tender and juicy and tasted amazing.  Now I just need to get Chicken Legs to plant some cilantro, so I can give Chris' marinade a whirl. 

Lemon-Basil Buttermilk Grilled Chicken

Lemon Basil Buttermilk Grilled Chicken
(Printable Recipe)

  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp basil, fresh chopped
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (dried)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, ground
  • 2 large boneless chicken breasts, pounded thin

Mix all ingredients except the oil and chicken in a large ziplock bag.  Add the chicken to the marinade, cover, and marinade refrigerated for 4-24 hours.  Grill 10-12 minutes, until chicken is done.

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  1. I would have never thought to marinate with buttermilk, awesome idea and it looks so good.

  2. I don't have a grill, sadly. Think I can use this but bake it or pan fry instead?

  3. Katherine - I definitely think you could pan fry or bake this chicken. Sometimes I do a little of both - brown the chicken and then throw it in the oven for about 10 minutes to finish cooking.

  4. I think the whole key behind this on is the buttermilk. We could probably put tacks and broken glass in it and it would still taste good. Okay, I might be exaggerating but buttermilk does do something great for grilled chicken.

  5. Always me favorite! Grilled chicken can be my meal for centuries. I can't get enough of it.
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  6. I just hit the print button on the recipe and the recipe came up but there was no way you could actually print it. Very strange. So - I just cut and paste into a word document. Looks like a delicious recipe - look forward to trying it tomorrow.

  7. The directions say mix everything but oil . The ingredients does not list oil . Do you need oil ?

  8. i was wondering to about the oil