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Mustard & Coriander Chicken Breasts with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

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Serves 4

The mustard-coriander coating for the chicken transforms ordinary grilled fare into something worthy of an idyllic summer evening.

  • 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. lightly cracked coriander seeds
  • 6 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 oz. each)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbs. roughly chopped fresh basil

Prepare a medium-hot grill fire. In a small bowl, whisk the mustard and coriander seeds. Whisk in 3 Tbs. of the olive oil. If the chicken breasts have the tenders attached, remove them and save for another use. Trim any excess fat from the breasts and then rinse and pat dry. Season the breasts with salt and pepper and rub them all over with the mustard-oil mixture.

When the grill is ready, grill the chicken until one side is nicely browned and grill marks appear, 2 to 3 min. (There may be some flare-ups at first; if they don’t go out, move the chicken off to the side until they do.) With tongs, rotate the breasts 90 degrees (to get a crosshatch of grill marks) and continue grilling until grill marks form and the sides of the breasts are fully opaque, another 2 to 3 min. Flip the breasts and grill in the same way until the second side is browned and the inside has just a trace of pink, another 4 to 6 min. Transfer to a clean cutting board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for about 5 min. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 3 Tbs. oil with the lemon juice, basil, 1/4 tsp. salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Slice the chicken on an angle and serve drizzled with the vinaigrette.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with simple green beans and store-bought focaccia or grilled bread rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings; Calories (kcal): 386; Fat (g): fat g 26; Fat Calories (kcal): 232; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 4; Protein (g): protein g 35; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 18; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 2; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 552; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 94; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Ditto to the other comments; I did find there was a little more sauce than I needed but that's not a complaint.

DELICIOUS!!! I used ground coriander and it turned out great. Served with rice, salad and grilled asparagus :)

This is one of the best recipes for chicken done on a BBQ! My family loved it! I have also maded it mulitple time for friends, who loved it too. Very quick and easy!

This is one of the best recipes for chicken done on a BBQ! My family loved it! I have also maded it mulitple time for friends, who loved it too. Very quick and easy!

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