Cedar-Planked Mediterranean Chicken

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Not sure how to cook chicken breasts on a cedar plank? No problem! We'll take you through our Cedar-Planked Mediterranean Chicken recipe step by step—and you'll end up with tender, moist chicken with a subtle smoky flavour and a savoury topping. Yum!

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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 and the lemon peel 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 to marinate.
  • Preheat barbecue 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 barbecue; 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 barbecue; discard planks. Remove bones from chicken; cut each breast in half. Serve topped with the reserved dressing 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, parsley 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 barbecue 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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Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8
Calories 310
% Daily Value
Total fat 18g
Saturated fat 4g
Cholesterol 110mg
Sodium 270mg
Carbohydrate 2g
Dietary fibre 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 34g
Vitamin A 6 %DV
Vitamin C 6 %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.

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  • Coyote9 |

    This was great, and pretty easy to make. Everyone loved it and some still can't believe it was a homemade marinade!

  • kat_joy |

    This was very easy to make and had an excellent flavour. I used legs as well. It was a big hit with the family.