Grill Recipes

Weekend Spring Grilling Recipes

Published On April 9, 2013 | By Toni Spilsbury | Food, Recipes

Spring Grill Recipes

There are many reasons to love Spring, but grilling outside is probably on my top five list.

Basil is in full bloom and lemons are big and fresh.  Here’s a family dinner recipe made entirely on the grill by The Organized Cook.

By marinating the chicken and Portabella ahead of time, all you’ll need to do is prepare the grill come dinnertime.


Grilled Lemon-Basil Chicken, Grilled Portabella & Grilled Garlic Bread

Ingredients for Entire Dinner

    • boneless skinless chicken breasts- 3-4lbs (6-7 trimmed breasts)
    • lemon- 1, sliced in half
    • basil, fresh- 1 bundle
    • portabella mushrooms, large- 4
    • bakery french bread- 1 loaf, sliced in half length-wise
Staples for Chicken:
    • olive oil- ¼ cup
    • minced garlic- 1 tbspn
    • Montreal Steak Seasoning- 1 tablespoon (or 1 teaspoon each salt & pepper)
Staples for Portabella:
    • balsamic vinegar- ¼ cup
    • olive oil- 3 tbspns
    • crushed red pepper
    • black pepper
Staples for Bread:
  • butter- 4 tbspns
  • olive oil- 4 tbspns
  • minced garlic- 1 tbspn


For best results, marinate chicken and portabella ahead of time, 2-3 hours to overnight
Chicken Marinade:
    1. Chop basil.
    2. In a mixing bowl combine chopped basil, olive oil, juice squeezed from lemon, garlic and seasoning.
    3. Place chicken in large zip-top baggie or shallow baking dish.
    4. Cover with marinade and seal or cover to store in the refrigerator to marinate.
Portabella Marinade:
  1. In same mixing bowl combine vinegar, olive oil, red pepper and black pepper.
  2. Place portabella in quart-size zip-top baggie or storage container, cover with marinade and seal or cover to store in the refrigerator to marinate.
    Chicken and Portabella:
      1. Grill chicken and portabella on outdoor or indoor grill, turning once, until cooked thoroughly.
      2. Chicken will take approximately 15 minutes and portabella will take approximately 7 minutes.



    1. Melt butter in microwave-safe dish or measuring cup in microwave, approximately 23 seconds.
    2. Add olive oil and mix well.
    3. Brush mixture onto bread.
    4. Grill butter-side down until brown, approximately 1-2 minutes.

 Grilled Garlic Bread





For The Best Spring Salad

Try our simple homemade Steakhouse Vinaigrette tossed with some fresh Spring lettuce for the best salad to go with your grilled dinner!

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About The Author

Toni Spilsbury is a blogger, brand strategist and social media producer in addition to being a philanthropist and mother…. but not in that order. From busy corporate gal to even busier mom of four, one with special needs, Toni established an online connection with today’s on-the-go moms as someone who understands the unique demands of working moms. In 2005, Toni co-founded the Nevada Blind Children Foundation and began working to build the first school for the blind in Nevada. With a passion for cooking, creating her own recipes and a desire to merge her family life and career, Toni wrote a book The Organized Cook in 2009 before embarking on a journey through branding, blogging, social media and e-commerce that gained her an insight and passion for the unique niche of content-driven e-commerce. Toni’s second book, Because of Connor, is due out in late 2013 which gives readers an insight into the unique struggle of life’s ups and downs when set against the backdrop of caring for and coming to grips with a severely medically fragile son.

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