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Oregano Grilled Chicken
with lemony pasta salad

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Fire up the grill (or stovetop) and make a double batch of herb-marinated chicken tonight to use in two meals.
Smarts #1: The marinade for the chicken and the dressing for the pasta salad are made with similar ingredients, so be sure to get all of the ingredients out and make both at once.
Smarts #2: If you have time to prep ahead, assemble the entire pasta salad and let it sit in the fridge. The flavors will blend together as it sits.
Cooking methods: This recipe includes instructions for using the grill or stovetop. Select your preferred method.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Oregano Grilled Chicken (for 2 nights):
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 3 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 3 Tbsp
  • Oregano, dried - 2 tsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 tsp
  • Chicken breast, boneless and skinless (enough for two nights) - 2 lbs, halved to thin
Lemony Pasta Salad:
  • Pasta, any fun shape - 8 oz
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Broccoli - 1 lb, finely chopped
  • Bell peppers, red - 1/2, diced
  • Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Olives, any type - 1/2 cup, sliced (look for pre-sliced to save time)

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Prep

  1. Make marinade - Combine vinegar (portion for chicken), cooking oil, oregano (portion for chicken), and brown sugar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Marinate chicken - (If prepping right before cooking, get grill heating first. This makes enough for 2 nights.) Slice chicken in half to thin. Add to marinade and tenderize with a fork. Turn to coat in marinade. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Pasta - Boil pasta according to package directions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make dressing - Whisk together lemon juice, vinegar (portion for salad), mustard, oregano (portion for salad), salt, honey, and olive oil. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Broccoli / Bell peppers - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  6. Pre-cook Broccoli - Place broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on high until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  7. Beans - Drain and rinse.
  8. Make pasta salad - Combine pasta, broccoli, bell peppers, beans, and olives. Add half the pasta salad dressing and refrigerate. (Reserve the second half of the dressing to add right before serving.)

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Make

  1. Remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade). Season with some salt and pepper.
  2. Heat grill to 425F / 218C degrees, keeping one part over direct heat and one part over indirect heat.
  3. Brush grates with some oil and place chicken over direct heat. Sear chicken on both sides until lightly charred.
  4. Move chicken to indirect heat and continue cooking until chicken is cooked through, 165F / 74C degrees.
  5. Toss pasta salad with remaining dressing and season with some salt and pepper.
  6. Serve chicken (reserve half for Wednesday) with pasta salad. Enjoy!
  7. If you want to get a head start on Wednesday’s meal, go ahead and thinly slice the portion of chicken for that night.

Prep

  1. Make marinade - Combine vinegar (portion for chicken), cooking oil, oregano (portion for chicken), and brown sugar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Marinate chicken - (This makes enough for 2 nights.) Slice chicken in half to thin. Add to marinade and tenderize with a fork. Turn to coat in marinade. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Pasta - Boil pasta according to package directions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make dressing - Whisk together lemon juice, vinegar (portion for salad), mustard, oregano (portion for salad), salt, honey, and olive oil. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Broccoli / Bell peppers - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  6. Pre-cook Broccoli - Place broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on high until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  7. Beans - Drain and rinse.
  8. Make pasta salad - Combine pasta, broccoli, bell peppers, beans, and olives. Add half the pasta salad dressing and refrigerate. (Reserve the second half of the dressing to add right before serving.)

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Make

  1. Remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade). Season with some salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Brush with some cooking oil. Add chicken and sear until both sides are deep golden brown, ~3 minutes on each side.
  3. Reduce heat to low-medium and cover pan with a lid or foil. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through, 165F / 74C degrees.
  4. Toss pasta salad with remaining dressing and season with some salt and pepper.
  5. Serve chicken (reserve half for Wednesday) with pasta salad. Enjoy!
  6. If you want to get a head start on Wednesday’s meal, go ahead and thinly slice the portion of chicken for that night.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (54)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (11)

Most Helpful

Added lemon zest to both marinade and dressing to amp up the lemon flavor, and added feta to the salad. Also sautéed all the veggies as my kids don’t love raw.

By: Marisa
Posted: Jun 29, 2021
Diet: Original
3 Helpful

36 reviews

Delicious, but needed more flavor--I added more lemon zest and juice.

By: Meaghan
Posted: Sep 26, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

This was very good. I marinated the chicken and made the pasta salad (doubled the dressing) the day before and the chicken was very tender and the pasta was very flavorful. I omitted the olives and added feta. Next time I might add a little more Italian spices to both.

By: Barbie
Posted: Jul 16, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Needed more dressing. A little boring.

By: Christine
Posted: Jul 16, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved the pasta, chicken was just okay. To be fair, we couldn't grill it because it was raining, but I'm sure it's better grilled.

By: Tara
Posted: Jul 14, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I made twice the dressing as recommended in the comments, but felt like the chicken and pasta were not speaking to each other. Didn't love the flavor of the chicken, but did like the pasta lemoniness.

By: Maria
Posted: Jul 13, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was surprisingly flavorful! I didn't even need to make a side salad because the main dish was filling and satisfying.

By: Chelsea
Posted: Jul 11, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful