GRILLED CHICKEN WITH SAGE AND GARLIC AND LEMON GINGER BASTING SAUCE When we go upstate to the country on weekends, I love stopping at our friends’ farmer’s market to buy a fresh, delicious chicken. Here’s one of my favorite recipes. Not only does it feature a zesty lemon ginger sauce, but it also incorporates sage, an herb that pairs wonderfully with chicken. You’ve probably seen sage in everything from soaps, to shampoo, to incense. The herb is recognizable by its grayish, green color and silvery buds, and has a distinctively sweet and soothing fragrance. Sage has been used throughout history for its natural medicinal properties. Its scientific name, Salvia officinalis, in Latin actually means “to be saved”! The herb is known for being a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent. Additionally, it is also known for serving as a powerful memory enhancer, so eat sage and become a sage! Grilled Chicken with Sage and Garlic and Lemon Ginger Basting Sauce – serves 6 One 5.2 lb chicken, washed, thoroughly dried with backbone cut out and breast flattened with your hand 4 full stems of fresh sage 4 larges cloves of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced Fine sea salt Fresh ground pepper Stuff one stem of sage and one clove of garlic, sliced, under the skin in each of the breasts and thigh sections. Salt and pepper your birds all over on both sides. Spray your grill with oil. Grill at 425 degrees basting with the Lemon Ginger sauce, turning twice, until your instant read thermometer registers at 155 degrees. Let it rest for 10 – 15 minutes before carving. Lemon Ginger Basting Sauce 1.5 tbs. unsalted butter 1 tbs olive oil 1 bay leaf 5 tbs. finely minced onion 4 tbs. minced ginger 6 tbs. fresh lemon juice 1 tbs. Dijon mustard 1 tsp salt 1 tsp. light brown sugar 1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce 10 grinds of black pepper ¾ tsp. Sriracha sauce 3 tbs. water In a small saucepan, melt the butter in olive oil over low heat. Add bay leaf, ginger and onion, cover and sweat for 10 – 15 minutes. Check often, stir and do not let it brown, but you want it to be meltingly soft. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the water, stirring well. Raise heat to medium-high and whisk in water. Stir until mixture boils and then remove from heat. This can be made a couple of hours before you’re going to use it. Keep it at room temperature. Serve with LOVE and enjoy! Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.