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In The Kitchen: Elegant Grilled Chicken with Herb Sauce and Rice

I have been trying to be intentional about using fresh herbs from my garden again this summer... why plant them if you are not going to use them!  Right?!?

In my pursuit of recipes that call of fresh herbs I came across a recipe for Chicken With Herb Sauce that grabbed my attention.  Two things caught my attention.  First, it looked really simple and easy, and second, it used more than one herb! :D  With the temperatures well into the 90's these days, I am doing as little cooking as possible and when I do cook I am trying to do it outdoors.  This recipe was to be cooked on the stove top but I could see no reason why, with a few alterations, I couldn't turn it into a grill recipe.  The debut of my version of the recipe was met with rave reviews from all members of the family so I decided I should share it with you too.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Grilled Chicken with Herb Sauce and Rice
Ingredients:
4 chicken thighs or breasts 
1/2 c rice
1`c chicken stock
1 tsp chopped fresh chives
1/4 tsp chopped fresh basil 

Marinade:
3 Tbs oil
3 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp fresh chopped basil
1 Tbs fresh chopped chives
dash salt & pepper 

Herb Sauce:
1/2 c chicken stock
2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbs butter
2 Tbs fresh minced chives
1 tsp fresh minced basil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper 

Directions:
Remove the skin from the chicken and soak in the marinade for at least 1 hour.  Turn the chicken in the marinade to ensure it the meat is well coated with the marinade.  Preheat the grill and place the chicken on the  hot grill and cook over a low flame.  Cook until the juices run clear or the internal temperature reads 180F.

While the meat is cooking, combine rice, 1 c stock, 1tsp chives and 1/4 basil.  Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or the rice is tender.  Remove from heat and set aside.  Also, prepare the herb sauce by combining the stock, lemon juice and butter.  Simmer on low until the butter is melted.  Remove from the heat and add the remaining ingredients.

Serve the chicken on a bed of rice and drizzle the herb sauce over the chicken and rice.  For a full grilled meal, serve with grilled fresh veggies.  Enjoy!

Happy Garden Eating!  :D

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