Bessy's Zesty Grilled Garlic-Herb Chicken


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

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
4 servings


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ tablespoon honey

  • ½ teaspoon saffron

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 pinch dried sage


  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.


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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

748 Calories
59g Fat
29g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 748
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 59g 76%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 641mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 245mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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