This past weekend the weather was beautiful, which prompted me to fire up my grill for dinner.
Since I was going to be grilling chicken I knew exactly how I was going to make it. I got my inspiration for this from eyeing Amy’s huge jar of Marinata Diavola, over at Familia Bencomo.
What a great idea to have this on hand in your frig during grilling season. Go over and check out her recipe here, I had to change mine up a bit because I didn’t have any fresh rosemary, so instead I used dried greek oregano, hence the title…Chicken Oreganato.

What ever herbs you use trust me it will be delicious! Its simply a mixture of fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, crushed garlic cloves, sea salt, and pepper, and cayenne pepper. ( I only had red pepper flakes). Put it all in a jar, shake it up and use it as a marinade or just brush it on grilled meats, all kinds of fish, and your favorite veggies.

I didn’t make enough, so I’ll be making lots more. I love having it readily available in my frig, and the longer it sits, the better it tastes. πŸ™‚

I even brushed it over my lemons that I grilled. If you have never grilled a lemon, you have to try it, it’s sweeter and super juicy! I squeezed it all over my chicken, mmmm was it good!!

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Amy’s blog, or gotten to know her yet, please stop by for a visit, one conversation with her and you’ll think you’ve known her for years! Really!!!
Thanks Amy!

Happy Grilling!!

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  1. Wow, does that chicken look good. I can smell it on the grill.

  2. Your pictures made me hungry, even though I just ate dinner. Hehehe. This dish deserves to win some kind of prize πŸ™‚

  3. That is some gorgeous chicken. Perfectly grilled! I keep waiting for my husband to dust off our grill and give me a break in the kitchen! πŸ˜‰

  4. Looks heavenly. I need a new grill. Mine is a coal grill but I want to switch over to gas( for more control). This is agreat marinade to have on hand.

  5. That chicken looks good. I really like using lemon in marinades. It is so simple and yet so good. I am going to have to try gilling lemons!

  6. Oh! I love it! Oregano is the perfect substitution. I’m going to have to try this one too.

    Thank you for mentioning me. I’m blushing right now. I’m just so happy that I was able to come up with something to inspire you. Imagine?!?!

    xoxox Amy

  7. Holy moly that looks good. I almost busted out the grill this weekend. I grilled lemons for the first time last year. By the looks of these, I am going to have to do it again. πŸ™‚

  8. Marie I am bowled over always at how delicious your food looks! The pics are outstanding and do great justice to your artistry in the kitchen.

  9. I saw Amy’s jar of Diavola which prompted me to GOOGLE Chicken Diavola recipes…coming soon to my barbeque:D Your chicken oregano sounds so good as well:D

  10. I love lemony chicken dishes, and the idea of squeezing a grilled lemon onto the grilled chicken is wonderful!

    Please stop by my blog to pick up a little award that I’ve given you πŸ™‚

  11. Even from this distance, I can smell the food on this page! Really love those grilled lemons with the chicken…you’ve got a headstart on us all Marie!

  12. You’re definitely right about grilling lemons! I also like slicing lemons thinly and popping them under the broiler for a couple minutes as a garnish for lemony dish.
    Great blog!

  13. When the Italians occupied Greece for part of WWII, they would have received a warmer reception if they served this up to us…diplomacy through food!

  14. Man, I need to pull out the BBQ, this chicken looks so good. It’s still a little cold here in Canada. Maybe in a few weeks. Delicious!

  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for a kind comment. You have a great blog too. Love all the food I saw, I must check out all of your posts.

    Now, that’s grilling!!! I will try the grilled lemons. I am in MI, and we were eagerly awaiting the sun, and the grilling season.

  16. Isn’t Spring the best, grilling and anticipating the fruits and veggies soon to come. That chicken looks so good πŸ™‚

  17. Next to basil, oregano is my favorite herb! πŸ™‚ This looks wonderful Marie. I have never grilled lemons..what a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing it with us!! Happy Grilling! πŸ™‚

  18. Just one look at your chicken and I am ready to plan a barbecue. I love it served this way, Marie! My mom always did it just like this!

  19. I like the marinade recipe – thanks for that link.

    You dinner looks so good. I haven’t grilled lemons before – but it makes a lot of sense!

  20. The recipe is a good one… we do similar pairings in my family…

    The thing I love about Italian food is the simplicity. The worship of the flavors of each ingredient.

    beautiful pictures!

  21. Marie this look sooo yuymmy and beauty!!! xxGloria

  22. I’m jonesin’ for my grill now- wow that is some beautiful grill work there!

  23. What a gorgeous grilled chicken!

  24. why does everything taste so much better on the BBQ grill?

  25. You naughty girl, Marie! I had A LOT of hits on my blog today & I don’t think it generated by any of my aunts or mom. It just goes to show that you are highly esteemed! Thank you for the recommendation. I might need to step-up my posts a bit to keep up with your refined & obviously intelligent crowd.

    Tanti baci, bella,

  26. Hi Marie!
    It seems anything grilled tastes better, doesn’t it? I have to try Amy’s lemon marinade, thanks! I usually use a balsamic vinegar and herb mixture.

    Yes, the opera was a “Moon Struck” moment, although Lincoln Center’s fountain was obstructed by a construction fence as they are doing work on the plaza πŸ™

    Hugs, Pat

  27. I just so wish I had an outdoor grill and a garden for that matter! Chicken looks sensational and I’ll have to bookmark it for when we’re at the inlaws bbqing πŸ™‚

  28. A lovely meal you had there, Marie. It made me want to fire up the grill at 8.30am.

  29. This looks fantastic! Am breaking in a new grill this weekend and can’t wait to try it.

  30. This looks marvelous!!!

  31. Marie – everyone else has already commented on this but, damn girl! You know how to do a mean grilled chicken. It is perfect grilled on the outside, I can only hope it’s juicy and moist inside! It looks it in the pics. I’m impressed… it’s hard to grill chicken perfectly – it’s a skill.

    such a great, perfect summer meal. i often make a roasted version of this in the winter just to put me in the spring/summer mood. thank god the weather is FINALLY turning, huh? I can’t wait to see all the great summer recipes coming up.

    amy @ we are never full

  32. Looks like a wonderful dinner. Grilling is so much fun. Thanks for the recipe and great ideas.

    Sharona May

  33. There is a little something for you here

  34. You lucky thing having such great weather, I’m so jealous of that and of this chicken!! It looks so perfect and that carmelised lemon……..ahhhh heaven:)

  35. I just came across your site though I have seen your familiar face “around town.” This meal is SO up my ally. In fact so much so that I had actually used Amy’s marinade last weekend as well! I also modified some. And I so agree with your assessment of her. I just found her site a couple weeks ago and love it!!

    Great post.

  36. This looks like the picture-perfect al fresco meal. I do love grilled lemons, too.

  37. Marie,
    Your meal looks absolutely gorgeous! Will you please submit your pics to tastespotting, they are always so colorful and gorgeous!

  38. Oh boy Marie! Fantastic! What a party for the senses – smell, taste and sight!!!!

  39. I have yet to purchase a grill, but at least I can look at yummy pictures like this and pretend I can smell the grilled chicken…and lemon – that’s something I’ve definitely got to try. You always have such interesting recipes, it’s refreshing coming across new and creative recipes :).

  40. Hi Marie – I was in Chicago this past week for Passover, and the weather was gorgeous. We grilled chicken too! Sounds like Amy’s marinade is a keeper!
    Now that I’m back in SoCal, I’ll have to make some to store in the fridge as you suggest…YAY Grilling Time is Here!

  41. Your grill full of food looks wonderful! We are finally using ours as well… Yay warm weather!
    I’m trying that marinade – with oregano, which I have lots of in my garden.

  42. How fun that I popped on to this page when I have chicken in the fridge waiting to be cooked tonight. Now I know exactly what I will do with it. Except that this Chicago weather has turned on us again and its is sort of cold – but not too cold to grill and the sun is shining! I added you to my Chicago Food Blog section. I always find inspiration on your blog. Keep up the good work!

  43. Whew!! that grilled chicken looks yummy..i want to have a pinch of on the leg part!!

  44. Lovely.

    I can almost smell and taste it.