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When you think of garlic herb butter, what comes to mind? The most integral part of the warm, soft, chewy garlic bread that accompanies your pasta maybe? Do you think of it as a spread to cut in pats and let melt inside a baked potato or as the base into which you’ll saute vegetables?

Did your thoughts turn to chicken? 

Don’t worry, there are no wrong answers. In fact, all of the above are perfectly acceptable methods for allowing the flavors of garlic herb butter to really shine. But in this recipe, we want to focus on the chicken, because, well, that’s where we really shine. 

You see, our high-quality chicken doesn’t need a lot of fancy ingredients to doctor it up and make it taste good. At Do Good Chicken, we pride ourselves on making chicken that’s good for the plate and planet, not to mention the palette too. 

It’s in the simplicity of basting grilled, marinated chicken with garlic herb butter that really brings out the best in this dish. Pair it with grilled, herb buttered broccolini for a dinner that’s out of this world.

Ways to Customize Marinated Chicken with Broccolini and Garlic Herb Butter  

Not sure on the broccolini? Wish you hadn’t just run out of rosemary? We have you covered with these easy tips for customizing this marinated chicken dish without compromising flavor. 

  • No broccolini? No worries. Regular broccoli makes a great substitute. Since broccoli is thicker than broccolini, it will take longer to grill — more like 5 minutes per side. (Broccoli cutting tip: Try to cut the broccoli into larger florets or “steaks” for more even grilling. If you only have small florets, consider using a grill basket to cook the broccoli and keep it from falling through the grill grates.)
  • Wrong spices? The great part about making herb butter is that you can use a variety of spices. For example, basil or oregano can work instead of rosemary or thyme, and you could sub tarragon or arugula for parsley. Or leave it out altogether — you get the idea. The key is to keep the amounts the same no matter which herbs you choose. 
  • Shortcuts. No time to make the garlic herb butter recipe? Go the store-bought-route. If you can’t find herbed butter exactly like the recipe, a simple garlic butter will be just as tasty.
  • Too cold to grill? A grill pan or a cast iron skillet on the stove is a good stand-in for an outdoor grill. Cook the marinated chicken as directed and move it to a plate while you cook the broccolini, then plate it together.

What Is the Difference Between Broccoli and Broccolini? 

Although they look very similar and are substituted often for one another in recipes, broccoli and broccolini are different vegetables. Here’s how they compare:

Broccoli is a vegetable as old as time. Okay, well, as old as about 2,000 years ago. It’s actually a very large, edible flower which you can eat raw or cooked. It’s super nutritious and is high in fiber, potassium, folate, and vitamins C and K.

Broccolini, on the other hand, was only “invented” in Japan in 1993, a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. It’s smaller and more delicate than its cruciferous counterpart, but also high in fiber and vitamins C and A.

Ideas for Using Leftover Chicken

If you have any of this delicious marinated chicken leftover, don’t pitch it. Reduce food waste by upcycling it into tomorrow’s lunch or dinner. Chicken is one of the easiest proteins to turn into a meal the next day. Try one (or more) of these versatile options:

  • Slice up chicken and leftover broccolini to put on top of a mixed greens salad. Serve it warm or cold — both tasty options.
  • Use leftover marinated chicken and broccolini in a quesadilla with your favorite cheese. 
  • Use any leftovers to create a simple wrap. Add any other  ingredients/condiments you love.

Marinated Chicken with Broccolini and Garlic Herb Butter 

Serves: 4-6
Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 3.5 hours 

Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds Do Good Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped fine
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary leaves, chopped fine
  • 2 teaspoons thyme leaves, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic herb butter, softened (store bought or see recipe, below)
  • 6 broccolini stalks 

Directions

Marinating Chicken

  1. Put the first 8 ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Cover and place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for 2-3 hours.

Grilling Chicken 

  1. Season marinated breasts on both sides with salt and pepper to taste. 
  2. Using tongs, place chicken breasts on a medium-hot grill and cook for 4 minutes.  
  3. Flip breast over and cook 4 minutes longer, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165℉.
  4. Flip breast back over, brush heavily with garlic herb or regular butter, and move to the cooler side of the grill. 
  5. Place the broccolini on the grill and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Grill for 2 minutes and then use tongs to flip over and cook 1 more minute.
  7. Just before removing from the grill, brush the broccolini with butter.
  8. Remove broccolini and chicken from the grill and serve. 

Garlic Herb Butter 
Yield: ¾ Cup

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves, chopped fine
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions 

  1. Place the softened butter in a small mixing bowl and whisk vigorously for 1 minute to whip butter.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix in with a kitchen spoon until all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  3. Transfer to a small container, cover and refrigerate or keep at room temperature if using within a few hours of making.

Ready to give this marinated chicken with garlic herb butter a go? While you’re at it, why not double the recipe and set yourself up for some delicious leftovers tomorrow? For more recipes and inspiration from Do Good Chicken, head on over to our website.

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