whole grilled chicken with peaches and basil vinaigrette

Perfectly grilled chicken with peaches and fresh basil vinaigrette makes for an easy summer dinner that's equally great for a family meal or entertaining. Try making this for Sunday dinner and using the leftover chicken and vinaigrette in salads for easy lunches throughout the week

  • 1 (3 1/2 to 4 pounds) whole chicken or chicken pieces
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 peaches halved and pitted
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese
  • balsamic glaze, for serving


  • 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakesMcCormick Red Pepper, Crushed
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • kosher salt


1. If using a whole chicken, remove the chicken giblets. Pat the outside dry. Place the chicken on a cutting board, breast side down, so that the chicken's back is facing up. Using a pair of sharp kitchen scissors, cut closely along either side of the backbone. Remove the bone and discard. Turn the chicken over so the breast is now facing up. Press down firmly on the breast and flatten the chicken. Place the chicken in a resealable bag.

2. In small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, Montreal seasoning, thyme, and lemon zest. Pour the marinade over chicken, rubbing the marinade all over the chickens skin. Seal the bag and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours or preferably over night.

3. Preheat an outdoor grill or large grill pan to medium high.

5. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper. Grill, breast side down, covered for 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken has a nice char, flip and grill another 10-15 minutes. Flip once more and grill until cooked through and the chicken registers 160 degrees F. on a thermometer. Let rest 10 minutes.

6. During the last 15 minutes of cooking, add the peach halves to the grill and grill 5 minutes per side or until light char marks appear. Remove from the grill, top with the cheese. Drizzle the peaches with the balsamic glaze.

7. Serve the chicken topped with basil vinaigrette (recipe follows) and along side the peaches. Enjoy!

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Keep stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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