Lemon Rosemary Basil Chicken : Recipe Party #dishondinner


This week I am partnering with the  International Olive Council’s Add Some Life  for our first-ever olive oil themed  recipe party called #DishOnDinner

Dish on Dinner with TidyMom and Add Some Life the week of Oct 8, 2012

All week we will celebrate cooking with olive oil, the flavors we love this time of year and start thinking about all the cozy fall cooking!  Now thru Friday Oct 12, foodies, bloggers and home cooks are invited to gather online to “dish” on dinner and share their favorite everyday recipes that feature olive oil.

Why dish on dinner with olive oil

The International Olive Council’s Add Some Life campaign would like to remind us that Olives and Olive oil offer many unique and powerful health-promoting effects. Click here to view the full report.

Studies show that people eating two tablespoons of virgin organic olive oil daily for one week show less oxidation of LDLs and higher levels of antioxidants in their blood.  Olive oil is also known to be gentle on the digestive system, and may even lower your risk of a stroke. Good quality olive oil contains valuable vitamins and nutrients, and it is loaded with antioxidants, which many believe help protect the body from cancer.

So lets dish! How do you use olive oil in your everyday cooking?!  
Here’s how it works:

You can share recipes 2 ways for a chance to WIN!

UPDATE:  GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED (winners will be announced soon)

  • Tweet a link to a recipe or cooking idea that uses olive oil and include the hashtag #DishOnDinner during the week of October 8-12.  By doing so, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of three premium prize packs.*  We would love for you to follow  @TidyMom & @AddSomeLife  on twitter – tweet as many recipes as you’d like.  The more you tweet, the more you increase your chances of winning!
  • Leave a comment on this post with a recipe (or link to a recipe) or cooking idea that uses olive oil for another chance to win (you can share up to 3 recipes in the comments)

There will be 3 winners!   Two winners selected from Twitter* and one winner from the comments on this post.  You will have all week to enter, October 8-12, 2012.

*To enter to win, recipe entries must feature olive oil as an ingredient and include the hashtag #DishonDinner.


Dish on Dinner Recipe Party Giveaway at week of Oct 8, 2012 #DishonDinnerEach prize pack will include an olive-colored 10″ Le Creuset skillet, a salad spinner, a salad dressing emulsifier, a set of wood tongs, an Add Some Life reusable tote bag and an Add Some Life grocery list notepad (value $150.00)

I’m sharing a favorite and quick chicken recipe.  By using chicken tenderloins, this Lemon Rosemary Basil chicken cooks up on the grill in under 10 minutes!  Mix up the marinade in the morning (or 30 mins before grilling) and toss it on the grill for a quick, easy, healthy and delicious chicken dinner that pairs well with  rice, pasta or Bush’s Grillin’ Beans.

Don’t like to grill in the chilly temps?  you can also bake this chicken in the oven or I love to use my Foreman Grill on the kitchen counter.

Grilled Lemon Basil Chicken at


Grilled Lemon Basil Chicken

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 41 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 3 tenderloins

Grilled Lemon Basil Chicken


  • 12 Chicken Breast Tenderloins
  • 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil


  1. Using a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, honey, lemon juice, garlic, oregano and rosemary.
  2. Place tenderloins in dish and pour marinade over chicken, reserving a few tablespoons for basting.
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 6 hours.
  4. Heat grill to medium high indirect heat and add chicken. Cook for 2-3 minutes then flip. Baste with extra marinade and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove chicken from grill and tent with foil for 3-5 minutes or until ready to serve.
  6. Top with a sprinkle of fresh basil when serving.


you could also grill with an indoor grill, like a George Foreman Grill. If you'd rather BAKE, place chicken in a 350° F oven for 30 minutes or until done. Baste half way thru or more often.


Cooking with olive oil may be one of the most healthy eating habits you can adopt!  Let’s see what you’ve got!  Share your recipes below in the comments and/or on twitter using the hashtag #DishonDinner


Official Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only . Must be over 18. Giveaway begins on Oct 8, 2012 will end on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm CST. Prize value approx $150.  The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  Three winners (2 from twitter 1 from blog comments) with a valid entry will be selected at random. Twitter winners will be notified thru twitter by Oct 15, 2012, blog winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. TidyMom, and the International Olive Counsil are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails or tweets. Winners will be posted on this blog post by Oct 31, 2012.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  By entering this giveaway, you have agreed to these rules.  Giveaway sponsored by Add Some Life | International Olive Counsil .

Disclaimer: Thank you to The Olive Council’s Add Some Life for providing compensation and prizes for #DishonDinner party. The views and opinions expressed on TidyMom are purely my own.


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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. Place aluminum foil on the grill to cook fresh salmon on. Baste each side with olive oil and soy sauce while on the grill. Cook each side for 5 minutes. Do not overcook. You can also top with sesame seeds. While cooking salmon, you can grill sliced zuchini, yellow squash, and/or eggplant lengthwise and baste vegetables with olive oil and spinkle with seasonings. Very quick & delicious meal.

    I also like to rub olive oil on Baboli pizza crust with basil pesto instead of using pizza sauce.

    1/2 cup green or black olives, pitted, chopped
    1 cup oil packed black olives, pitted, chopped
    3-4 sweet cherry peppers or pepperoncini, seeded, chopped
    4 cloves garlic, finely minced
    3/4 cup red onions, sliced
    1/4 cup roasted pimientos, chopped
    1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
    1/2 teaspoon each oregano and basil, chopped (fresh is best!)
    3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper

    Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate in a covered container overnight before using.

  3. Oh my goodness, that chicken looks so delicious!!!

  4. I love to use fresh green beans drizzled with olive oil, bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Then sprinkle with parmesian cheese. Yummy!

  5. Chicken looks delish. Hope I win would love to try them out. Thanks!

  6. Omigosh, that looks delicious! Must try!

  7. Oh, the diversity of olive oil!
    Greek Feta Salad with an Olive Oil dressing
    1 diced cucumber
    2 chopped tomatoes
    1/2 feta
    3 tbl olive oil
    4tbl red wine vinegar
    salt and pepper to taste

    Mix dreesing ingredients in bowl. set aside. In seperate bowl mix cucmber, tomatoe and feta. Drizzle dressing over mixture. Serve with mini baguettes sliced and toasted. Yum!

  8. Chunky Tomato Pasta (I also add snap peas and avocados )

  9. Sounds delicious! I love grilled chicken!

  10. My absolute favorite thing to do with EVOO is to put asparagus down in the bottom of a dish, drizzle it generously with EVOO, and add a little salt and pepper and bake. It’s so simple but it’s one of my favorite go-to sides.

  11. My second favorite thing to do with EVOO is to make fresh, amazing bread, and make a dip such as this one: for it. It’s soooo good. 🙂

  12. And of course, making infused olive oils for salads is the BEST!!! I absolutely love rosemary, in any form, so infused oils with herbs is a must. Here’s a similar recipe to what I do:

  13. do i have to give measurements?????

    whisk together in a big bowl:
    olive oil
    lemon juice
    kosher salt
    freshly ground pepper

    toss in:
    sliced English cucumbers
    roasted corn (frozen roated corn from Trader Joe’s works wonderfully)
    fresh blueberries
    thinly sliced red onion


    • oops, I don’t remember where I saw this recipe… in a magazine I think… I’m sure that recipe included exact measurements…

  14. My favorite simple food I like to snack on is sliced tomatoes splashed with olive oil and a sprinkling of salt & pepper!

  15. This is my favourite recipe with olive oil. Not one of mine, but one of my favourite bloggers gave me this one: I make it ALL THE TIME.

  16. I actually like eating whole grain pasta then I do white pasta. If you cook whole grain pasta a little longer then it says to (like 15 minutes longer) then it gets as soft as white pasta and is very delicious. I am not talking about wheat pasta because it is nasty imo. It takes so long to cook and is tough. But if you make sure to get a premium brand that says whole grain on the front you are getting a healthy type of pasta that is maybe 50 cents more a box. Thats nothing to throw in to get something more healthier. So if you like white pasta, try the whole grain pasta out. I personally like the sea shell pasta myself. Its just as soft as white pasta and tastes great. I use to only eat white pasta myself up until a few years ago. I was very stubborn and said I would never get anything else. If I can make the change anyone can. Taste is whats most important to me sometimes too. I have made the same decision about brown rice

  17. I use olive oil for almost everything.

  18. I use olive oil as my salad dressing. No vinegar. Just olive oil. LOVE IT.

  19. I love this flavor combination for chicken! I do something similar and it’s always a hit.

  20. I love to use olive oil to sautee my greens in!
    Sautee`d Spinach
    2 tbsp EVOO (extravirginoliveoil)
    2 bags baby spinach leaves
    2 garlic cloves (finely minced)
    2 slices bacon (cut into small peices)
    1 md onion (finely chopped)
    1/4c water

    In a skillet heat the evoo, add the bacon and stir until bacon is about 1/4 done.
    Add the onion and sautee until the onion is semi soft.
    Add the garlic and stir in.
    Add about 2 handfulls of the baby spinach at a time until it wilts and reduces in size by half stiring it around while doing this.
    Continue adding the spinach until all spinach is incorporated.
    Add 1/4c water, stir, place a lid on the skillet and let simmer for 5-10 mins or until all liquid is evaporated.


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  22. I hope you don’t mind I included this in a Lemon Round up today on my blog! I can’t wait to try this!

  23. My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from a different page and thought I might as well check things out.

    I like what I see so i am just following you.
    Look forward to looking over your web page again.

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  26. Very tasty chicken with a nice lemony flavor. Since it is still freezing here and our grill is buried under snow, I used our George Forman grill to cook. Thank you for sharing with us!

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