CEimB Lemon-Garlic Marinated Chicken

by Joanne on May 6, 2010

This week’s recipe should be Lamb Chops.  There are two meats that are just not welcome in our house:  lamb and veal.  If Ted has a penchant for those meal choices, he must eat out.  When I saw this week’s Craving Ellie recipe, I wondered what would be a good substitute?  The decision was chicken for Ted and Quorn for me.



The recipe was chosen by Debbie of Dining with Debbie.  You will find it written out at her site so be sure to visit. 

Ellie Krieger describes the original recipe as “A simple Greek-inspired marinade of lemon, garlic, and oregano, with a touch of oil, brings out the absolute best in these tender, tasty…”  She was right except that it worked PERFECTLY with chicken or vegetarian Quorn as well.


It was a brilliant experience in Mediterranean flavor. 


I added a mint leaf in the bag while marinating the meats and the “meatless”.  The marinating process lasted from noon until 6 pm when we returned home from an appointment.  Ted did the grilling and put the thick, boneless, skinless breasts on the grill for approximately 7 – 8 minutes per side.  He grilled the Quorn in about half the time.


What other protein sources would I try these flavors with? 


For Vegetarians:  Tempeh or make a bean burger using chickpeas mixed with the recipe marinade and grill.

For Meat eaters:  Pork might be a good option.  Turkey.  As the above, bean burger suggestion except use ground chicken or ground turkey.

What else might be a good combination to mix with lemon, oregano, and garlic?

Be sure to read about healthy grilling at EXAMIMER.


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  • At 2010.05.06 07:24, pegasuslegend said:

    Love this recipe, I grill out just about everynight here. Once a year if I was lucky weather permitting in Utica. Love my chicken this way, I love lamb too, your husband can get the best though up there at Simeons, so no worries…great picture,sounds like a winner for sure to me~

    • At 2010.05.06 11:12, Joanne said:

      Grilling in Utica requires some kind of a roof for rain protection 🙂

      • At 2010.05.06 09:14, Kayte said:

        I haven’t made this yet, and questionable if I will get it done today at all…came visiting b/c I knew you would have it posted and wanted to see what you would do with the lamb aspect. I am still in quandry. I love what you did with the recipe…definitely going into my thought process. It might just come down to the chicken. I cooked lamb for the first time last week for a Cooking Italy recipe, and it was good, but I still had trouble with the Mary had a Little Lamb aspect. Great job on your photos, as usual!
        .-= Kayte´s last blog ..Tuesdays with Dorie: Burnt Sugar Ice Cream =-.

        • At 2010.05.06 11:13, Joanne said:

          The chicken, according to Ted, turned out really good. I can attest to the Quorn being really, really flavorful and would use the same marinade on it again.

          • At 2010.05.06 09:15, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

            this looks so good…..i would also use halibut. why not? though i do like the chicken version the best. happy thursday!
            .-= kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..Lucky Enough =-.

            • At 2010.05.06 11:14, Joanne said:

              Great thought! Halibut.
              By the way – super Halibut w/ Mango salsa recipe!

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                • At 2010.05.06 10:37, Shirley said:

                  Joanne, that chicken looks absolutely mind-blowing!
                  .-= Shirley´s last blog ..Horsegram Dosa/Muthira Dosa =-.

                  • At 2010.05.06 11:14, Joanne said:

                    Thanks Shirley 🙂

                    • At 2010.05.06 13:33, runnerforever said:

                      Oh yum, the chicken looks fantastic. Kinda like chicken picatta, but healthier!
                      .-= runnerforever´s last blog ..I’m sorry, please come back! =-.

                      • At 2010.05.06 15:44, Joanne said:

                        Ellie Krieger recipes are usually pretty good and always healthy.

                        • At 2010.05.06 14:30, Margaret said:

                          Didn’t do cause of the lamb. Was wondering if would work with other meats. Glad to see it was good with chicken. Will have to go back and try this one. Thanks for the tips.
                          .-= Margaret´s last blog ..Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie, File’ Gumbo… =-.

                          • At 2010.05.06 16:30, Melissa@HealthyBits&Bits said:

                            Looks like a great recipe! I love simple recipes without too many unnecessary ingredients! I bet it would be awesome with some couscous!

                            • At 2010.05.06 17:43, Liz said:

                              We tried it on pork, which was really good, but I think it would be better on chicken. I also would love to marinade some veggies in it before throwing them on the grill. Lots of good options!
                              .-= Liz´s last blog ..CEiMB: Lemon Garlic Marinated Pork Chops =-.

                              • At 2010.05.08 07:08, Simply Life said:

                                I use lemon, oregano, garlic and olive oil as a simple sauce for pasta sometimes! Its SO quick and always looks and tastes so elegant! 🙂
                                .-= Simply Life´s last blog .."Be in a dress by 6!" =-.

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