Grilled Chicken Breasts with Grapefruit Glaze

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Simply prepared yet special, these chicken breasts are grilled and basted with a bitter, tart, and sweet glaze. Healthy Grilling Recipes

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Grapefruit Glaze
Photo: © Karen Mordechai
Total Time:
25 mins
Yield:
4

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest (from about 1/2 grapefruit)

  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice (from 1 grapefruit)

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

  • 4 bone-in chicken breasts (about 2 1/4 pounds in all)

Directions

  1. Light the grill. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice, oil, honey, salt, and pepper.

  2. Grill the chicken breasts over moderately high heat, brushing frequently with the glaze, for 8 minutes. Turn and cook, brushing with more glaze, until the chicken is just done, 10 to 12 minutes longer. Remove.

  3. In a small stainless-steel saucepan, bring the remaining glaze to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute, remove from the heat, and pour over the grilled chicken.

Notes

Variation Grilled Chicken Breasts with Citrus Glaze: Use a combination of citrus juices, such as orange, lemon, or lime, instead of all or part of the grapefruit juice.

Serve With

Since the chicken breasts don't have a lot of sauce, serve a juicy vegetable such as grilled or sautéed summer squash or zucchini alongside.

Suggested Pairing

The crisp acidity, effervescence, and moderate alcohol level of a brut Champagne from France or a sparkling wine from California will be perfect with the smokey taste here and with the high acidity of the grapefruit juice.

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