This healthy grilled chicken recipe gets tons of flavor from fresh rosemary sprigs. For a sophisticated meal, slow-cooked onions and a savory black olive paste provide the perfect accompaniment.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2005


Onion Jam


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare onion jam: Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a 12-inch skillet (not nonstick) over medium heat. Add onions and sugar. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and most of their liquid has evaporated, 10 to 20 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring, until the onions turn deep golden, 10 to 20 minutes more. (Add 1 or 2 tablespoons water if the onions start to scorch.)

  • Add garlic and rosemary; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup vinegar and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt, pepper and more vinegar, if desired. Set aside.

  • To prepare chicken: Prepare a charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.

  • Rub chicken breasts with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place rosemary sprigs on the grill and lay chicken breasts over them. Grill until the chicken is browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Turn, keeping the rosemary under the chicken, and grill until no trace of pink remains in the center, about 5 minutes more. Discard rosemary. Cut chicken breasts in half or slice crosswise. Serve the chicken with black olive paste (or tapenade) and the onion jam.


An equal amount of minced black olives can be substituted for the black olive paste.

Nutrition Facts

271.8 calories; protein 24.4g 49% DV; carbohydrates 20.7g 7% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 1.7g 7% DV; sugars 16.2g; fat 9.8g 15% DV; saturated fat 1.6g 8% DV; cholesterol 62.7mg 21% DV; vitamin a iu 22.9IU 1% DV; vitamin c 8.2mg 14% DV; folate 41.2mcg 10% DV; calcium 46.7mg 5% DV; iron 1.2mg 7% DV; magnesium 36.8mg 13% DV; potassium 391.4mg 11% DV; sodium 279.2mg 11% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 12% DV; added sugar 8g.

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Rating: 4 stars
I used rosemary from my garden. Also rubbed rosemary on chicken after brushing with oil. Reminded me of grilled chicken in Greece. Wonderful. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I used my rosemary from my garden. I also rubbed the chicken with the rosemary after I brushed it with the oil. Absolutely delicious. Reminded me of grilled chicken in Greece. OPA! Read More