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Grilled Chicken With Basil Dressing

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“This recipe was given to me from my friend Traci with many high praises. It's from the Italian Grill cookbook by Giada De Laurentiis. We made it this weekend and it was so wonderful and very impressive looking. Very easy and looks and tastes so great. We served it over pasta, drizzling the sauce lightly over it all- so yummy!”

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  1. In a resealable bag, combine 1/3 cup of the oil, 3 Tbl. of the lemon juice, the fennel seeds, 3/4 teaspoons of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoons of the pepper. Add the chicken and seal the bag.
  2. Massage the marinade into the chicken.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours, turning the chicken occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, in a blender, blend the basil, garlic, lemon zest, remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3/4 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoons pepper until smooth. Gradually blend in remaining 1/3 cup of oil.
  5. Season the basil sauce to taste with more salt and pepper, if desired.
  6. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for medium-high heat or preheat a ridged grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the chicken until just cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Drizzle with the basil sauce and serve.

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