Our 3 Favorite Recipes for a Delicious Memorial Day Cookout

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Memorial Day marks the beginning of warmer weather as we prepare for summer. While the day has its place in American history, it also gives you an excuse to throw a BBQ party for friends and family. And what can be a better way of celebrating the day than getting out of the ordinary to prepare a meal that keeps your guests fired up until labor day?

Here we help you mark the day with foods that bring a new experience to your family and friends. Our grilled chicken served with corn grilled on the cob and grilled vegetable salad will treat your guests to a flavor that will keep this memorial day in their hearts for years. Make your memorial day cookout memorable with these recipes.

Dijon and Tarragon Grilled Chicken

Are you a French cuisine enthusiast, or do you want to add flavor to your Memorial Day celebrations? No matter the reason behind your research, this Dijon and tarragon grilled chicken served with grilled corn on the cob is a perfect way to usher in warmer weather. While Dijon and tarragon grilled chicken is French inspired, the menu is all American.

The recipe gives you a taste of French cuisine in an American style, making it easy and fun to prepare. Dijon and mustard, and tarragon are the secret ingredients in this flavourful grilled chicken. We picked this recipe to help you add a twist to your cookout without losing the meaning of Memorial Day.


Memorial Day parties bring families and friends together in memory of American soldiers that fought for our freedom of assembly. The day is never complete without inviting a friend or meeting as a family. The ingredients listed here should make 6 servings. You can increase each ingredient depending on the number of guests.

  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 chickens (each about 3 1/4 pounds), each cut into 2 legs, thighs, and wings, and 4 breast pieces

Marinating Directions

Add the chopped fresh tarragon, Dijon mustard, dry white wine, olive oil, and honey into a blender. Blend until you have a smooth paste. Place the chicken pieces in a large glass bowl and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Pour the marinade over the chicken and toss to coat. Refrigerate the chicken under the marinade for 2 to 4 hours. You can also marinate the chicken at room temperature for at least one hour.

Grilling Directions

Remove the chicken from the marinade. Keep the marinade for basting the chicken on the grill. Prepare the barbecue for direct grilling over medium heat (180° to 230°C). Place chicken on the grill, cover the barbecue, and let the chicken cook for 5 minutes. Turning the chicken every 5 minutes while basting it with marinade and cook for about 30 minutes. After grilling and basting for about 30 minutes, let the chicken rest on the grill for seven more minutes without busting. You can serve the chicken hot with grilled corn on the cob or warm.

Secret to Grilling Juicy and Delicious Chicken

Everyone to have their grilled chicken tasty, juicy, and well-cocked. But what is the secret to a delicious and succulent grilled chicken? The secret is in the marinating and grilling process.

For a juicy and savory grilled chicken, use the right quantity and combination of marinating ingredients. The marinating ingredients tenderize the chicken while adding flavor and keeping it moist even after grilling. You should also avoid overcooking the chicken, as this can make it dry and rubbery. Moreover, limit the amount of oil and butter to reduce flares.

Grilled Corn On the Cob

Your Dijon and tarragon grilled chicken goes well with grilled corn on the cob. But how do you grill corn on the cob? There are different recipes for grilled corn on the cob, depending on whether you remove the husks before grilling or grill it with the husks. We will look at both methods. 

Grilling Corn in The Husks

If you come from the school of thought that grills corn in their husks, you should soak them before grilling. Soaking the corn before grilling preserves bursting flavor while making them juicer and tender. To soak the corn:

  • Peel back the husks without detaching them from the cob.
  • Clean the corn and replace the husks
  • Soak the corn in clean water for a minimum of 30 minutes or about six hours for better results
  • Remove the soaked corn from the water and drain the excess liquid
  • Place it on the grill and cook for 15 minutes while turning it every five minutes

Grilling Peeled Corn on Cob

Grilling corn without the husks is much easier as you do not require to soak them. Remove the husks and place the peeled corn on the grill. Cook for a few minutes while turning it to cook on all sides.

Flavoring the Grilled Corn

Irrespective of your grilling method, you can flavor the corn with garlic butter, ancho chili powder, salt, and pepper.

Grilled Vegetable Salad

Grilled vegetable makes a perfect summer salad and the ultimate compliment to grilled chicken. Use this recipe for a healthy and delicious grilled vegetable salad.


  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 medium bell pepper, seeded and quartered
  • 1 medium zucchini with trimmed ends and quartered lengthwise
  • 1 bunch of asparagus with trimmed ends
  • 1 red onion, sliced into rounds  
  • 2 medium size lemons
  • kosher salt & ground black pepper

Grilling Instructions

  • Place the vegetables in a glass bowl
  • Drizzle avocado oil and toss to cover all the vegetables
  • Preheat the grill to medium heat
  • Brush the grill with avocado oil
  • Place the vegetables on the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes until tender and slightly charred
  • Remove the vegetables from the grill and place them in a clean glass bowl
  • Season with kosher salt & ground black pepper
  • Squeeze and drizzle lemon juice on the salad and toss to cover
  • Serve your grilled vegetable salad

Get the Ingredients for this Recipe from the International Fresh Market

Since you have a recipe for your Memorial Day party, your next concern should be where to get the ingredients. But sourcing the ingredients should not worry you. The International Fresh Market in Naperville, IL., has everything you need to make Dijon and tarragon grilled chicken or your favorite Memorial Day recipe.

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