Bessy's Zesty Grilled Garlic-Herb Chicken

Bessy's Zesty Grilled Garlic-Herb Chicken

Mildred Smith 0

"Though seemingly unconventional, this recipe will surely please anyone. The combination of exotic ingredients comes together perfectly to form an altogether delicious grilled chicken."


1 h 20 m servings 748 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 748 kcal
  • 37%
  • Fat:
  • 59 g
  • 91%
  • Carbs:
  • 29.1g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 24.9 g
  • 50%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Sodium:
  • 641 mg
  • 26%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place chicken in a shallow dish. In a medium bowl, mix together the olive oil, sugar, honey, saffron, garlic, basil, thyme, cayenne pepper, salt, oregano, parsley, and sage. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Cover, and marinate 20 to 25 minutes in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the grill for medium heat.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Discard marinade, and place chicken on the grill. Cook for 10 minutes on each side, or until exterior is charred and juices run clear.


  • Note
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cook time, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.
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  1. 141 Ratings


This chicken is definitely zesty and a bit sweet with a nice touch of garlic. I omitted the saffron as did a lot of others and cut the oil down to 3/4 cup. Other than that I didn't change a thi...

SO GOOD! Saffron is a bit expensive but luckily I had some. It doesn't really add much flavor so with or without is fine. Also try this recipe without sugar and honey it's still really good. ...

definately delish. I normally don't like anything charred, but the "char" is just carmolized sugar... it's my new favorite marinade. We barbequed chicken and had it as a main corse, and i also h...

This is SO delicious. I have made this a ton of times this summer, and everyone who has tasted it cannot say enough about how moist and flavorful it is. I change a few minor things: I skip th...

This recipe was okay, but it had A LOT of olive oil in it. Also, the saffron was too expensive and didn't add much taste. If you cut down on the olive oil and eliminate the saffron, the recipe...

Zesty is right. This is a great change from all the soy sauce marinades. The chicken had great flavor. I marinted it during the day as opposed for 20 or 25 minutes. I also didn't have saffron bu...

This recipe is AWESOME. I thought the ingredients looked pretty weird altogether but thought I'd try it anyhow. My husband and I loved it. So I made it for my in-laws who loved it, and then f...

Excellent, excellent and excellent!!! The recipe made a great sauce to put over egg noodles. My mom said that it was similar to something she had at the New York Hilton. She highly recommended...

I've just recently been trying to take over some of the cooking responsibilities for my wife, and this was my first big endeavor - my wife and i LOVED it! It tasted like something you might exp...