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Grilled Chicken with Fresh-Herb Dressing

Fresh cilantro amped up with serrano, scallions, and lime make a lively sauce for juicy flame-kissed chicken.

  • Servings: 4
grilled chicken with fresh herb dressing

Photography: Armando Rafael

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2017


  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 chicken (4 pounds), cut into 10 pieces (breasts halved crosswise)
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves
  • 1 chopped serrano chile
  • 2 chopped scallions
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lime, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for coating


  1. Combine 1 tablespoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle mixture evenly on chicken, then set chicken on a rimmed baking sheet. Let stand uncovered 1 hour.

  2. Meanwhile, chop cilantro; combine with serrano, scallions, lime zest and juice, and oil. Season with salt.

  3. Heat a charcoal grill, creating a two-zone fire with vents partially open. Position coals on one side of the grill for direct high heat, and leave the other side empty for indirect lower heat. (On a gas grill, turn one side on high, and leave the other burners off.) Lightly coat chicken with olive oil and place over indirect heat. Cover and cook, turning occasionally, until pieces are cooked through and a thermometer inserted into thickest parts (not touching bones) registers 165 degrees, about 30 minutes.

  4. Uncover grill; transfer chicken to direct heat. Brush dressing over chicken as pieces come off the grill.

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  • rakhiinindia
    14 JUL, 2017
    Very nice and simple recipe Grilled Chicken with Fresh-Herb Dressing I tried it and it came out superb...thanx