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Cedar-Planked Mediterranean Chicken

Prep Time
15
min.
Total Time
5
hr.
30
min.
Servings

8 servings

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!)

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  • 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.

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.

Servings

  • 8 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 280
Total fat 17g
Saturated fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 85mg
Sodium 270mg
Carbohydrate 1g
Dietary fiber 0g
Sugars 1g
Protein 29g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 6 %DV
Vitamin C 4 %DV
Calcium 2 %DV
Iron 8 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of flavor, even if you can't marinate it as long as they say in the recipe. Full of flavor, even if you can't marinate it as long as they say in the recipe. I add feta cheese on top, and it's superb! Even in the winter when we can't get the charcoal grill out, we've made in on the indoor electric grill without the cedar plank and it's quite good that way as well.
Date published: 2008-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of the best chicken dishes, I've ever had. This is one of the best chicken dishes, I've ever had. It is so full of flavor and the chicken was so tender. My husband did the grilling and I did the marinating, he loved it. It definitely does need a little bit of salt. I served this with greek couscous salad also from this website.
Date published: 2010-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious! Delicious! Very full taste that differed from the ordinary. There was a big storm so I baked the chicken (25min at 400 degrees) and it was still great! I will make this again.
Date published: 2008-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOOO very good, I did not use the Cedar planks, but this was still a huge hit all 4 times I have... SOOO very good, I did not use the Cedar planks, but this was still a huge hit all 4 times I have made it. I used extra olives, feta and parsley for the topping.
Date published: 2008-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a huge hit for my family and company. This was a huge hit for my family and company. Instead of chopping olives, I used olive tapenade. It was delicious, and I will definitely make it again.
Date published: 2010-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, but don't soak the planks so long, that way you get more of the cedar smoke. Great, but don't soak the planks so long, that way you get more of the cedar smoke. Two hours max. This chicken is GREAT as cold leftovers so make a lot.
Date published: 2014-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a very easy recipe to make with fabulous results. This was a very easy recipe to make with fabulous results. Superb favor. An added bonus was that the kids loved it as much as the adults did!
Date published: 2008-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My family and I loved it! My family and I loved it!!! I left the olives out but the flavor was great!!!
Date published: 2010-05-03
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