Pesto Grilled Chicken Breasts

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Cook up a taste of Italy with our flavorful Pesto Grilled Chicken recipe!

Resist the urge to use jarred or other store-bought pesto in this pesto chicken recipe; these products are often made with additives and less flavorful ingredients, and simply don’t have the same great taste as homemade pesto. For an easy grilled chicken dish that pleases a crowd, this one hits the spot, and you’ll be surprised at how easy the pesto comes together.

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Pesto Grilled Chicken Breasts

Homemade is best when it comes to sauces and this grilled chicken is slathered in fresh pesto that will have you never using jarred sauces again.
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 each
Course Dinner
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 2 cups basil leaves packed
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts or raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano grated or parmesan
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add the basil, garlic, nuts, cheese, and lemon juice in a food processor and blend until well combined. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and continue blending until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Reserve 1/3 cup pesto and combine the rest with the chicken in a casserole dish or freezer bag. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  • When ready to eat, preheat a gas or charcoal grill over medium heat. Grill the chicken until cooked through.
  • Serve the chicken with your favorite side dish and the reserved pesto.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1each | Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
Keywords Gluten-Free

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