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August 16, 2014 / Leslie

Cooking from the Garden: Aromatic Rosemary

I have a large herb garden just outside my kitchen door and use just-picked herbs as often as possible. This summer’s mild temperatures and plentiful rain have produced, to my delight, a bounty of herbs.

For the next few weeks I’ll be featuring recipes from the garden. Today, I have a marinade using fresh snipped Rosemary. This is an herb that’s readily available at farmer’s markets and produce sections at many grocery stores.



Rosemary is an hearty, aromatic herb used in traditional Italian cusine. The plant is part of the evergreen family and, in a temperate climate, will grow into a large shrub several feet tall.

A favorite use for Rosemary is in a marinade for grilled chicken. This is my go-to recipe if I’m having guests. I can prepare it the night before and the next day it is ready for the grill.

Recipe: Grilled Rosemary Chicken



• 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
• ½ cup dry white wine
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 4 minced garlic cloves
• 4 teaspoons fresh rosemary
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped lemon peel
• ½ teaspoon lemon juice
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


Prepare the marinade in a food processor. Combine wine, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, lemon peel, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Process for about 15 seconds. Place chicken in a plastic zipper bag and add marinade. Seal bag and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.

Remove chicken from the marinade and grill 10 to 12 minutes over med-high heat. Turn once halfway through grilling and brush with remaining marinade. Transfer to serving dish.

Grilled Rosemary Chicken

Grilled Rosemary Chicken

I served the chicken with green beans and grilled yellow squash, also picked fresh from the garden.

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  1. Lisa (Southern Girl Reads) / Aug 16 2014 12:01 pm

    I so wish I could have an herb garden but down here in Florida, everything burns up so quickly! I have grown some in pots indoors but didn’t do that this year and I really miss them. I’m definitely going to try this marinade – its sounds perfect for my taste! Enjoy your garden!


  2. lakesidemusing / Aug 16 2014 1:16 pm

    Thank you for this recipe. I have an abundance of rosemary right now and can’t wait to try it!


  3. Sarah @ Sarah's Book Shelves / Aug 16 2014 1:43 pm

    I love this – so delicious and simple! Will have to give it a try.


  4. Suko / Aug 16 2014 2:48 pm

    Leslie, thank you for sharing your recipe. I also grow rosemary, and am never sure how much to use for chicken. Now I have a better idea–thanks! 🙂


  5. I’ve pinned this to try later. It looks delicious! For some reason I’ve had terrible luck with rosemary (and thyme though that doesn’t effect this recipe) so I may have to grab some from a friend. Thanks for sharing!


    • Leslie / Aug 16 2014 4:53 pm

      Put the rosemary plant in an area where it gets lots of sun and don’t overwater it. I pretty much ignore it other than an occasional drink and it grows like a weed during the summer.


  6. Carole from Carole's Chatter / Aug 16 2014 6:09 pm

    A little rosemary goes a long way for sure. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter


  7. BermudaOnion / Aug 16 2014 7:35 pm

    Yum, I love rosemary!


  8. Sheila (Book Journey) / Aug 16 2014 9:31 pm

    MMmmmm… next year I hope to have a garden.


  9. Mary / Aug 17 2014 7:29 am

    The recipe sounds so good – I’m a fan of rosemary 🙂


  10. Beth F / Aug 17 2014 10:51 am

    Rosemary is one of my all-time favorite herbs. I’m going to have to give this recipe a try


  11. Teddyree / Aug 18 2014 3:37 am

    my rosemary bush looks like it’s on steroids, I think it thrives on neglect lol. Yum marinade sounds delicious, thanks I’ll definitely give it a try. Nice photo too 🙂


  12. stacybuckeye / Sep 1 2014 7:48 pm

    Beautiful. I used to have rosemary growing in the kitchen and the only way I really liked it was with kitchen This looks like a much better twist than what I did with it (although mine was also good :)).


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