Grilled Herb Chicken with Red Onion Jam and an Outing

June 12th, 2015

Grilled Herb Chicken 1

With a little planning ahead, this was on the table in 15 minutes after I got home late the other night.  I marinated the chicken in herbs, olive oil and lemon juice before I left for the day and left instructions with David on how to make the red onion jam.  We accompanied this with fresh sweet corn and an orzo and spinach salad that I picked up at Whole Foods while I was out.  Dinner couldn’t have been easier or more delicious.

Antique Shop Greenville

I spent the day with my friend Penny (The Other Penny), from The Comforts of Home.  She has recently moved and it was the first chance that we had to get together this summer.  We spent a day antiquing and lunching in beautiful Greenville, SC.  Greenville is such a vibrant city with over 600 restaurants and many antique shops.  The above picture was taken at Southern Estates Antiques, Inc.  The vignette at the front door was very welcoming with cooling lemonade to greet us.

Antique cookbook holder

I spotted this metal cookbook stand and almost bought it.  I was curious about the word on the oval embellishment.  As it turns out, it is the French word for belt or a sash for the waist.  I would assume that this was originally a display stand for belts.  Now I am sorry that I didn’t buy it.

Passerelle Bistro Penny

After visiting several antique shops, Penny and I had lunch at Passerelle Bistro on the river in downtown Greenville.  It was our second time eating there. Even though the day was warm, the breeze off of the river made it pleasant to eat outside.

Trout on Toast

I had the Mountain Trout on Toast with Lemon Vinegar and Gribiche Sauce.

Passerelle Bistro Mussels

Penny had the Basquaise Mussels and Frites.  Lunch was delicious.  It is always a treat for us to get together.

Grilled Herb Chicken 2

This chicken with red onion jam was also delicious.  It would make a nice dish to serve on the 4th of July.



½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup minced parsley
¼ cup minced basil
2 tbsp. minced rosemary
2 tbsp. minced thyme
1 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
4 cloves garlic, minced
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to ¼” thickness, halved

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 large red onions, sliced thin
¾ cup dry red wine
½ cup sherry vinegar
½ cup sugar
¼ cup black raspberry liqueur, such as Chambord
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Make the chicken: Mix oil, parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme, chile flakes, garlic, and lemon juice and zest in a gallon-size resealable plastic bag; add chicken. Seal bag, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or overnight).

2. Meanwhile, make the jam: Heat butter in a 12″ skillet over medium heat. Add onions; cook, stirring, until soft but not browned, about 15 minutes. Add wine, vinegar, sugar, liqueur, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring, until thick, about 40 minutes; let jam cool.

3. Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium-high. (Alternatively, heat broiler to high.) Working in batches, grill chicken, turning once, until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve with jam.

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15 responses to “Grilled Herb Chicken with Red Onion Jam and an Outing”

  1. Barbara says:

    What a fun day you had. Love doing things like that! Wish I had been there with you. How ever did you resist that cookbook/belt display stand? So cute.
    Yummy dinner ready to grill when you got home too.

  2. Larry says:

    Both the restaurant meals and the home cooked one look delicious. We’ve not been to Greenville, so I’m shocked at the high number of restaurants for a town of it’s size – sounds like a stop or an RV trip there is in order.

    • Penny says:

      You and Bev would love Greenville Larry. It has such a vibrant downtown area. If you ever go, let us know and we will try to meet you there.

  3. penny @ the comforts of home says:

    I have been looking forward to this post to get the recipe after you told me about it when we were together! I had a wonderful time and look forward to our next get together.

  4. Monique says:

    Well done leaving instructions:)

    Coud you call the shop and ask them to put the stand aside for you?
    If ever you are stumped and have a phone that surfs the net..try it for words;)
    Or email me;) If I am here I will answer!

    The outing you girls had looks perfect..Great then coming home to a nice meal;)

    • Penny says:

      I thought of you when I couldn’t figure out the meaning of the word Monique. Next time I will email you! I met the owner of the shop and have her phone number, so I may call about the stand.

  5. It sounds like you and the other Penny had a lovely lunch and day shopping. I love to browse through shops like that. It’s mostly looking but occasionally I find something I just have to have. Your tomato jam really makes your meal special, Penny. It looks delicious.

  6. cheri says:

    There is nothing better than getting together with a cherished friend than shopping and lunching. ……..Also the red onion jam sounds amazing, printed. Thanks Penny!

  7. Ruth says:

    Penny – I am a devoted follower of Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen. Every recipe we try is a winner! I served the chicken with onion jam to my sister and her extended family over the weekend and they all went home with the link to your recipe. Thank you so much.

    • Penny says:

      Thank you so much Ruth! It makes me happy to get feedback like this. I’m so glad the chicken was a hit with everyone.

  8. Susan says:

    The red onion jam and chicken sound delicious! I have been wanting to try onion jam for a long time. I feel like I am so far behind and can’t catch up! Luckily, there have been lots of outings with friends and days with our grandboys for my excuse 🙂 I think your outing was wonderful. I hope you get that stand!

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