Spicy Grilled Chicken With Shaved Zucchini Salad

Are you searching for a recipe for a flavorful, healthy chicken dinner? Look no further than this simple, summery number. The Aleppo pepper-rubbed chicken packs just enough heat, and is paired with a lemony-marinated zucchini salad, all of which gets drizzled with a garlic and herb dressing. To make this recipe even more filling, add some grilled bread or pita. Shopping tip: If you can’t find Aleppo pepper, which is imported from Syria, you can use regular chili flakes.

Spicy Grilled Chicken With Shaved Zucchini Salad
Photo: Jen Causey
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 ½ tablespoons Aleppo pepper or teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 ¾ teapoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 5 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, divided

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons), divided

  • 3 medium zucchini or yellow squash

  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts


  1. Heat a grill or grill pan over high. Rub chicken with 1 tablespoon oil and season all over with Aleppo pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper.

  2. Grill chicken, turning once, until lightly charred on both sides and a thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165ºF, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, stir together parsley, garlic, 3 tablespoons mint, 3 tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl.

  4. Whisk together remaining 2 tablespoons each lemon juice and oil and ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper in a small bowl.

  5. Using a vegetable peeler, cut long, thin strips of zucchini. Toss zucchini strips, pine nuts, lemon juice mixture, and remaining 2 tablespoons mint in a large bowl. Serve chicken topped with parsley-garlic sauce, with zucchini salad on the side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

507 Calories
35g Fat
8g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 507
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 124mg 41%
Sodium 933mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 42g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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