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Grilled lemon-oregano chicken with shaved fennel salad

Points® value
Total Time
2 hr
20 min
10 min
Serve a zesty grilled chicken alongside a crisp fennel salad for a one-dish meal that has a 30 minute hands-on time. A simple marinade of lemon, oregano, garlic and oil adds big flavor to the grilled chicken. The marinade then doubles as a dressing for the fennel salad. You’ll need two large lemons to yield the zest and juice needed for this recipe.


Lemon zest

3½ tsp(s), grated (plus extra for garnish)

Fresh lemon juice



6 clove(s), large, peeled, smashed

Fresh oregano

½ cup(s), loosely packed, coarsely chopped

Extra virgin olive oil

4 tsp(s)

Kosher salt

1½ tsp(s), or to taste

Black pepper

½ tsp(s), or to taste

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast

2 pound(s), (eight 4-oz pieces)

Olive oil cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Uncooked fennel bulb

2 medium, with fronds


2 medium, cut in halves or wedges (optional)


  1. Place 1 Tbsp lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, 2 tsp oil, salt and pepper in a large shallow glass dish or bowl. Pound chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, wax paper or parchment paper, to a uniform ½ inch thickness; add to mixture. Stir and spoon marinade over chicken; cover and marinate at room temperature for 1 hour or refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, cut fennel bulbs into ¼-inch slices, leaving root end intact; coarsely chop and reserve fronds. Place fennel slices in a mixing bowl and add remaining ½ tsp zest and remaining 2 tsp oil; gently toss to coat and then season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  3. Coat grill or grill pan with cooking spray; heat to medium-high. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Grill chicken until lightly browned and cooked through, flipping once, 3-5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a cutting board; let rest 5 minutes.
  4. While chicken rests, grill fennel until lightly charred and tender, flipping once, 2-3 minutes per side. Serve chicken with grilled fennel, sprinkled with reserved fronds and lemon wedges, if desired.
  5. Serving size: 3 oz chicken, 1/8 of fennel


Fennel has a mild flavor that becomes sweeter when grilled. When selecting fennel, look for bulbs that are firm and also compact. Garnish with sliced lemon.