Lemon Grilled Chicken and Fennel Salad

One of my favorite stops on the Boston North End Market Tour was Alba Produce.  I love cooking with fresh fruits and veggies. It is always a treat to get to go to the farmers’ market on the weekends and pick out ingredients for the coming week. On the tour, we sampled fresh fennel, and ever since, I have wanted to make a fennel salad.  I had a bit of trouble finding fennel, but eventually I came across some on one of my farmers’ market trips.

Since the weather was nice last week, I decided to cook outdoors and make a simple grilled chicken marinated in lemon to accompany my fennel salad.  It was a delicious and healthy dinner – perfect for spring!

Chicken Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Fennel Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced (core removed)
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and cut into segments
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fennel frawns (leafy green tops, thick stems removed), chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Pound out the chicken breasts to 1/2 inch thickness between two pieces of plastic wrap.  In a medium bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, and Italian seasoning.  Add the chicken breasts and evenly coat with the marinade.  Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the fennel slices and orange segments in a medium bowl.  Add the lemon juice, olive oil, and fennel frawns.  Season with salt and ground pepper, and toss to evenly combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Preheat the grill (or grill pan) to medium heat.  Grill the chicken for 3-5 minutes on each side, ensuring that the internal temperature is 165°F.

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19 Responses to Lemon Grilled Chicken and Fennel Salad
  1. Maria
    April 20, 2009 | 6:21 pm

    I love that fennel salad! Perfect side!

  2. Jessie
    April 20, 2009 | 6:24 pm

    ohhhh perfect spring time meal!

  3. yvonne
    April 20, 2009 | 6:42 pm

    absolutely beautiful pics, gorgeous website.

    best,
    Yvonne (we ‘met’ on FoodBuzz) :-)
    My Halal Kitchen

  4. Screamin' Mama
    April 20, 2009 | 6:44 pm

    That looks really yummy and super simple to make. Can’t wait to try it.

  5. Kim--at the Paper Apron
    April 20, 2009 | 6:45 pm

    Fantastic!! Simple and delicious. We’re grilling out tonight with chicken and now I wish I had some fennel! I’ve never heard them called ‘frawns’ but I’ll use it from now on.

  6. s. stockwell
    April 20, 2009 | 7:19 pm

    This is just what we need for a very hot evening here in Montecito. Love the fennel salad too. best, s

  7. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie
    April 20, 2009 | 7:20 pm

    I love the fennel salad – sounds so refreshing and great with grilled chicken. Great recipe!

  8. jenn
    April 20, 2009 | 10:02 pm

    This is perfect for an outdoor grilling. Yum!

  9. Claudia
    April 20, 2009 | 10:19 pm

    Wonderful meal! I have the chicken defrosted and know where I can find a fennel bulb (mmm). If the spring gods are good – it will be a perfect springtime meal tomorrow.

  10. sarah
    April 20, 2009 | 11:31 pm

    love fennel, sometimes I just slice it thinly, add a bit of salt, lemon juice -delicious.

  11. nina
    April 21, 2009 | 3:30 am

    Love the color of that salad!! This is making healthy eating look pretty inviting!!!

  12. Carole
    April 21, 2009 | 4:45 am

    What a perfect meal combination! I’ve got to get back to Boston’s North End – what a great place.

    I always find great food here at your blog. :-)

  13. Italian Cooking Guide
    April 21, 2009 | 5:07 am

    WOW, Very summery looks delicious……
    GRAZIE..

  14. Jennifer
    April 21, 2009 | 7:40 am

    Can’t wait for fennel to come in season to give this dish a try. That salad ooks so refreshingly delicious.

  15. Mely
    April 21, 2009 | 8:17 am

    Hello Jen,

    I need to try this fennel salad, I am so good at trying new foods but for some reason unknown to me. I had kept myself away from it. I always tell myself, one day I will buy some to make a salad. But that day I try to avoid. Hope you or your readers can tell me more about it.

    Have a great day!

  16. Jen
    April 21, 2009 | 10:02 am

    Thank you all for the kind comments – glad you like the recipe!

  17. Amy
    April 21, 2009 | 8:46 pm

    I’ve never made a fennel salad, but have always wanted to. This looks and sounds delicious!

  18. bergamot
    April 21, 2009 | 9:48 pm

    I love fennel and lingering taste it leaves in the mouth. Definitely delicious :-)

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