Grilled Chicken With Balsamic Herb Marinade

We’ve been having thunderstorms lately.

Thunderstorms means no computer, no internet and no phone.

With thunderstorms often there is heavy rain.

Heavy rain means no TV reception.

It seemed like a good time to look at cookbooks.

I have a lot of ‘little’ cookbooks that I’ve bought over the years…  one on pumpkins, one on crêpes, one on vegetable gratins, and so on.

This idea came from The Balsamic Vinegar Cookbook.

Remember last week when I said that I thought most videos were a waste of (my) time?

I am not posting step-by-step photos for this recipe because I have faith that, if you choose to make it, you will know how to put things into a bowl, how to pour liquids into a measuring cup, how to put things into your blender, hot to turn your blender on, etc. But if not, please leave a comment and I will write out detailed instructions for you….

I’ve made a similar recipe with Lemon and Herbs – I chopped the herbs.

Using the blender was easier and quicker.

Grilled Chicken With Balsamic Herb Marinade

Total time: 60 minutes  Marinate for at least 4 hours  


  • 1 chicken, cut-up, skin on     or your favorite pieces
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed parsley
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed basil
  • 2 tbs fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbs chives
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Grilled Chicken With Balsamic Herb Marinade


  • Put all ingredients, (except chicken – but you knew that), in a blender and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Loosen the skin on the chicken by slowly working your fingers between the flesh and the skin.  Try not to puncture the skin.
  • Spoon a small bit of the herb mixture under the skin, smoothing it over the flesh.  Stretch the skin to cover and put in a glass baking dish of some sort, just large enough to hold all of the pieces.
  • When finished spoon the rest of the marinade over the the top.
  • Cover with film and refrigerate until ready to cook.
  • Cook on barbecue grill for 30 – 45 minutes. Chicken is done at 170F (76C) or when juices run clear – poke with a skewer or knife.

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The Balsamic makes it all look rather dark – but it’s not burned… :-))

Bonnie’s is behaving badly again.

She’s a foolish little dog – the other day she took off after a man with a gun.

The sunflowers were cut last week, leaving foot high stubble in the field…. Great for the hunters searching for rabbits and pheasants and partridges and whatever they search for.

The girls and I were going for our evening walk, playing our usual game of ‘kibble toss’. (I throw pieces of dog food, they chase, find and eat.)

All of a sudden Bonnie pretended to be a pointer, staring off across the field.

I looked out, saw a hunter and called Bonnie.

She ignored me and started running towards the hunter.

Guapa stayed by my side… The side that had the kibble. At the moment she was more concerned with the food…. And she hadn’t spotted the hunter.

A snapped a leash on her and told her to sit and stay.

Good Guapa!

Bonnie was stalking the hunter.

She would bark at him, run forward a bit, stop and bark, run forward, stop and bark.

He was ignoring her for the most part… He did try to shoo her away once and tried to call her to him once.

They were both on the far side of the field and I, of course, was screaming my head off.

He couldn’t have been pleased. A barking dog is not beneficial to a hunt for small game.

The thought crossed my mind that he could shoot Bonnie if he got frustrated enough… But then I remembered where we were.

Bonnie wasn’t getting any closer to the hunter, she was following him at a distance, barking.

I gave up trying to get her attention.

Guapa and I turned around and starting walking back to the house…. I was going to put her in the fence, then go after Bad Bonnie.

A few seconds later I heard panting behind me and there was Bonnie.

She hates to be left behind.

When I put her in a stay I can only get about 30 feet away before she slowly starts following me… Sitting and staying when I turn around to look.

I should have remembered that earlier.

If you want nutrition information for the recipe, try this site: Calorie Count

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