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Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken

In this recipe cilantro is added to the classic pairings of lemon, garlic, rosemary and thyme making this dish just a little different than your traditional Greek chicken dinner.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 min


Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken

4 lb whole chicken, butterflied
½ tsp salt
1 garlic, whole bulb
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp pepper
½ cup rosemary, fresh
½ cup thyme, fresh
lemon, sliced, for garnish
parsley, for garnish

Herb and Lemon Sauce

¾ cups olive oil
⅓ cup parsley, chopped
⅓ cup basil, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
¼ cup chives, chopped
zest of one lemon
juice of 1/2 a lemon
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Heat grill on high. Cut the top off the garlic bulb (not the root end). Place the garlic on a piece of aluminum foil, drizzle with olive oil, and close foil around garlic to seal. Place on grill. Close cover of grill and cook for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from grill and allow to cool until able to handle. Squeeze garlic cloves out of bulb into bowl of a processor.

  2. To garlic, add all ingredients for herb and lemon sauce. Process until smooth and reserve.

  3. Place rosemary and thyme under chicken skin. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken, skin side down on grill. Grill for 5 minutes then turn. Close grill, reduce heat to medium, and continue to grill for 25-30 minutes or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165°F (74°C).

  4. Remove from grill and place chicken on a cutting board. Allow chicken to rest for 15 minutes. Place on serving dish and drizzle generously with herb and lemon sauce.

  5. Garnish with fresh lemon slices and parsley sprigs. Serve.

Nutrition Info

Per 535 g serving Amount
Protein98 g
Fat58 g
Saturated Fat10 g
Carbohydrate7 g
Fibre2 g
Cholesterol320 mg
Sodium940 mg
Per 535 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A25
Vitamin C60
Vitamin B6116
Vitamin B1284