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Cedar-Planked Mediterranean Chicken

Cedar-Planked Mediterranean Chicken recipe
photo by:kraft
If you think cedar-plank grilling is difficult, try this tasty Mediterranean-style chicken recipe. (We'll make a cedar-plank griller out of you, yet!)
15 min
5 hr 30 min
8 servings
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What You Need

 untreated cedar planks (14x7x1 inch each)
cup  KRAFT Greek Vinaigrette Dressing
cup  finely chopped fresh parsley, divided
 Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
large  bone-in chicken breasts with skin (4 lb.)
Tbsp.  oil
cup  chopped pitted Kalamata olives

Make It

IMMERSE planks in water, placing a weight on top of each plank to keep it submerged. Soak at least 4 hours or overnight.

MEANWHILE, mix dressing, 1/4 cup of the parsley, the lemon zest and juice until well blended. Remove 1/4 cup of the dressing mixture; set aside for later use. Pour remaining dressing mixture into large resealable plastic bag; add chicken. Seal bag; turn over several times to evenly coat chicken with the dressing mixture. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

PREHEAT grill to medium heat. Remove planks from water; brush tops with oil. Remove chicken from marinade; discard bag and marinade. Place 2 chicken breasts on each plank. Place on grate of grill; cover with lid.

GRILL 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until chicken is cooked through (165ºF). Meanwhile, mix reserved dressing mixture, remaining 1/4 cup parsley and the olives. Remove chicken from grill; discard planks. Remove bones from chicken; cut each breast in half. Serve topped with the parsley mixture.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Serving Suggestion
Serve over hot cooked couscous or basmati rice. Round out the meal with grilled fresh vegetables.
Cooking Know-How
UNTREATED cedar planks, which are sold for this purpose, can be found at most specialty food stores or some grocery or hardware stores. During cooking, check periodically to make sure that the planks are not on fire. Since the planks can ignite when exposed to flames, it is best to keep a spray bottle of water close at hand if needed to extinguish any flames.
Chicken with Indian Spice-Rub
Omit marinade mixture and olives. Prepare planks as directed. Combine 2 Tbsp. KRAFT Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, 2 tsp. each ground cumin and ground ginger, 1 tsp. each ground coriander and ground turmeric and 1/2 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne) to form a paste. Rub onto skin side of chicken; cover. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Preheat grill as directed. Grill chicken 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until cooked through, brushing occasionally with additional 1/2 cup KRAFT Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.
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