Smoked Chicken with Fresh Herb Marinade {caprese zucchini on the side}

Like I mentioned last week, I’m drooling over the latest Southern Living Magazine.  Knowing how much Big Guy loves to cook low and slow on Sundays, I suggested the Smoked Chicken with Fresh Herb Marinade.  Not only could he do something he enjoyed but I would be able to use a few fresh herbs from the garden and feast on deliciousness.

The chicken marinates for at least 8 hours (we marinated ours for about 24 hours) in the most amazing mix of ingredients with olive oil and peanut oil.

fresh parsley
fresh basil
fresh oregano
lemon juice
Dijon mustard
brown sugar
salt and pepper

The chicken then smokes for about 2 hours.  Big Guy spooned the juices over the chicken every 30 minutes or so to ensure that we didn’t end up with a dry bird.

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The chicken smelled amazing the moment it hit the grill so I knew we were going to be in for a treat.

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After the chicken was finished cooking, Big Guy cranked up the heat so that I could grill zucchini (fresh from the Farmers Market) slices for our side dish.

The grilled zucchini slices (which were simply tossed in olive oil and pepper pre-grilling) were being transformed into a Caprese-style side dish.

Once grilled, the zucchini was topped with sliced grape tomatoes and mozzarella balls along with basil confetti and a sprinkle of sea salt.  So refreshing and light.

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This dinner was perfection.  The chicken was cooked perfectly – crispy skin and tender meat.

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Quite possibly one of my favorite Sunday night dinners.



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