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Mediterranean Topped Grilled Chicken

Recipe Courtesy of Emily Green of Emily Bites

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup NAKANO® Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 red onion slices
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped or torn fresh basil leaves, rubbed between your fingers to activate flavor
  • 1 tsp. fresh oregano leaves, rubbed between your fingers to activate flavor

Chicken and Topping:

  • 4 (6 oz. each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, uncooked, 1½ lbs. total
  • 1½ tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. NAKANO® Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • ⅛ tsp. garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp. onion powder
  • ⅛ tsp. basil, dried
  • ⅛ tsp. oregano. dried
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes (I cut mine in half on the bias), chopped
  • ½ cup cucumbers, chopped
  • 12 pitted kalamata olives, cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil leaves, sliced or chopped
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced, chopped
  • 2 oz. feta cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a gallon plastic bag (if you’d like you can place them all in a blender first to help bring out the flavors). Add the chicken to the bag and seal. Use your hands to massage the chicken through the bag and make sure the breasts are evenly coated with marinade. Place the bag in your refrigerator and allow the chicken to marinate for 6-10 hours, turning the bag once or twice to make sure the chicken is evenly coated by the marinade.
  2. Preheat your grill until hot (ours was set at a medium temperature). Remove the breasts from the marinade and sprinkle with a bit of salt to taste. Transfer the chicken breasts to the hot grill. Cook through, flipping as needed. Ours took 10-15 minutes to cook, but depending on your grill, cooking times may vary.
  3. For the topping, combine the olive oil, NAKANO® Seasoned Rice Vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil, dried oregano, salt and black pepper and stir together until well combined. Add the tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, fresh basil, red onion and feta cheese and stir until well coated.
  4. When the chicken breasts are finished cooking, divide the topping evenly over the breasts and serve.

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