Clean Eats, Summer Edition: Alder Plank Grilled Chicken + Artichokes


Alder Plank Grilled Chicken

It doesn’t get any fresher than this! I am new to grilling using wood planks, but hey, I tried it for the first time tonight and it’s delicious, simple, but time consuming. So, you can use a wood plank if you want, or feel free to just grill without the wood plank, either way is delicious and clean. Tonight I used an alder wood plant which gives a nice smokey/buttery flavor the the chicken and veggies.


  • Grill

  • 2 Alder Wood Plank or Cedar Planks

Ingredients for Chicken:

  • Two Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Marinade for the chicken:

  • 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon of red chili flakes

  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh rosemary, finely chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh oregano, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon of local honey

  • 1/2 tablespoon of freshly cracked black pepper

  • 1 table spoon of kosher salt or truffle salt

  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Ingredients for the artichokes:

  • One large artichoke

Baste for artichokes:

  • One egg yolk

  • 1/4 teaspoon of Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt

  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

  • Three teaspoons of lemon juice

  • One teaspoon of lemon zest

  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper


  • Combine chicken marinade ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together. Marinade the chicken in a covered and place in the fridge for 1 hour

  • While the chicken is marinading, soak the wood plank in cool water for 1 hour

  • Also while the chicken is marinading, it’s time to prep the artichokes and the baste

  • Start by cutting off all the sharp tips of the artichokes with kitchen scissors

  • Then cut the artichoke in half and boil on the stove for 20 minutes

  • While the artichoke is boiling, make your artichoke baste by combining all the ingredients above and whisking together

  • It’s grill time! Place the wood planks (or not) on the grill for about 15 minutes or until warm.

  • When the planks are warm, place the chicken on one plank, and the artichoke on the other cut-face down.

  • Place the cover over the grill and let smoke for 15 minutes.

  • After 15 minutes, flip the chicken and remove the artichokes from the planks and place directly on the grill and baste away with the baste you made earlier! Grill for about 5 minutes.

  • Chicken time! After the chicken has been cooking on the plank for bout 15 minutes, remove from the planks and place directly on the grill until the chicken it cooked through/160 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Wahhhhhh laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!