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.

19 Responses to Lemon Grilled Chicken and Fennel Salad

  1. Maria says:

    I love that fennel salad! Perfect side!

  2. Jessie says:

    ohhhh perfect spring time meal!

  3. yvonne says:

    absolutely beautiful pics, gorgeous website.

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

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

  5. 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 says:

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

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

  8. jenn says:

    This is perfect for an outdoor grilling. Yum!

  9. Claudia says:

    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 says:

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

  11. nina says:

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

  12. Carole says:

    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. WOW, Very summery looks delicious……
    GRAZIE..

  14. Jennifer says:

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

  15. Mely says:

    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 says:

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

  17. Amy says:

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

  18. bergamot says:

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

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