Lemon-Rosemary chicken with grilled leeks on a round white plate with another plate and white and brown towel behind and a stainless steel fork in front all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Grilled Chicken with Leeks and Rosemary

Grilled chicken is a great summertime dinner. Especially when you marinade in a lemon-rosemary mixture and serve with leeks.

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The first time we had a leek was when it came in one of our Bountiful Baskets. I wasn’t even sure what it was at first or how to use it. After that, we realized we liked the taste and wanted to try a few other recipes with them.

Since we are getting close to the summer months, it’s time to start grilling. Onions are grilled all the time to go on hamburgers and similar foods. Since a leek is part of the onion family, we figured it would work on the grill, too. But, it needed a bit of flavor, so we added some garlic butter to the leek while it was cooking.

And a leek wouldn’t make a complete meal, so we added some chicken with a rosemary marinade to the grill. Overall, it made a delicious meal. Well, at least Justin and I thought so. They boys weren’t sure about the leek, but they devoured the grilled chicken.

Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1 large leek, trimmed and halved
  • 1 tbsp butter, shredded
  • ½ tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, halved

Preparation

Preheat the grill to medium-high, about 450F. Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, rosemary, salt, pepper, and 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large stainless steel bowl.

Lemon rosemary marinade in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

Add the chicken to the bowl and turn to coat with the marinade.

Chicken in a lemon rosemary marinade in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

Brush the leeks with the remaining olive oil and place the leeks, cut side down, on the grill.

Cook for about 6-7 minutes.

Take the leeks off the grill and place them on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Sprinkle the leek with the shredded butter and minced garlic.

Fold the foil over to create a foil packet. Place the foil packet on the grill along with the chicken breast and lemon halves cut side down.

Grill until the chicken is cooked, about 5-7 minutes, turning at least once. Serve by squeezing the lemon over the chicken and leeks and garnish with more rosemary.

Leftovers

Leftover chicken can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It should last for up to 3 days. To reheat, place in a microwave or in the oven at 350F until warmed through. The leek can be stored and reheated the same way as the chicken.

Recipe

Originally Published On: April 12, 2021

Lemon-Rosemary chicken with grilled leeks on a round white plate with another plate and white and brown towel behind and a stainless steel fork in front all on a wooden surface

Grilled Chicken with Leeks and Lemon Rosemary

Grilled chicken is a great summertime dinner. Especially when you marinade in a lemon-rosemary mixture and serve with leeks.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Gluten Free
Keyword:
chicken
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grilled chicken
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grilling
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leek
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lemon
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rosemary
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
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Gluten-Free
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Nut-Free
Meat:
Chicken/Turkey
Servings: 4
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 large leek (trimmed and halved)
  • 1 tbsp butter (shredded)
  • ½ tsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 lemon (halved)

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high, about 450F
  • Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, rosemary, salt, pepper, and 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large stainless steel bowl
  • Add the chicken to the bowl and turn to coat with the marinade
  • Brush the leeks with the remaining olive oil and place the leeks, cut side down, on the grill
  • Cook for about 6-7 minutes
  • Take the leeks off the grill and place them on a large sheet of aluminum foil
  • Sprinkle the leek with the shredded butter and minced garlic, then fold the foil over to create a foil packet
  • Place the foil packet on the grill along with the chicken breast and lemon halves cut side down
  • Grill until the chicken is cooked, about 5-7 minutes, turning at least once
  • Serve by squeezing the lemon over the chicken and leeks and garnish with more rosemary
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Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken with Leeks and Lemon Rosemary
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 453mg19%
Potassium 540mg15%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 507IU10%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Leek and Rosemary FAQs

What is a leek?

A leek is a green vegetable in the onion family.

How do I cut and use a leek?

You want to cut off the top dark green parts of the leaves as well as the bottom white part. When cooking with a leek, you typically want to use the light green center of the vegetable. The tops and bottom can be used in soups, but is bitter and tough when it is eaten on its own.

Is it better to use fresh or dried Rosemary?

If you can, I always like to use fresh. But, that also means purchasing within a day or two of cooking to use before it gets wilted. I use both fresh and dried in my recipes. Fresh will often have a slightly better taste, but dried works just as well.

10 thoughts on “Grilled Chicken with Leeks and Rosemary”

  1. I love a good easy grilled chicken recipe. I feel like we do so much chicken in the summer especially!

  2. Yum! I don’t make enough with leeks and I should. I make a bacon, potato and leek soup that my family loves but I’ll have to try grilling them for a change. This recipe looks incredible.

    1. Oh, that sounds interesting. I don’t like bacon, but my husband and younger son LOVE anything with bacon so I’ll have to try something like this for them!

  3. We’re always looking for chicken recipes to try and this looks delicious! Rosemary and leeks sound perfect together.

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