Grilled Pesto Chicken

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I love the fact that I can pick fresh herbs from my backyard and use them as dinner time inspiration.  That was the primary inspiration for this Grilled Chicken Pesto Recipe.  Not because I wanted chicken. Not because I even wanted pesto.  It’s because, I needed to use up some of the basil that is growing so quickly after the summer rains.

Grilled Chicken Pesto


4 chicken breasts (patted dry)
2 fistfuls of fresh basil
4 cloves fresh garlic (chopped)
1/4 -1/2 cup chopped walnuts
juice from 1/2 lemon
olive oil, fresh cracked pepper & sea salt to taste

* This recipe is so simple and delicous that you will want to prepare it all the time.  It also has a great “wow” factor.


Place basil, walnuts, salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice in blender.
Blend until smooth
Brush the mixture over chicken breasts and let marinate for at least one hour
Preheat oiled indoor (double plated) grill to 375 degrees or alternatively you could use a grill pan (it will just take longer).
Grill chicken for 5-10 minutes depending on thickness of chicken or until juices run clear.

Garnish with fresh basil and lemons as desired.

Bon appétit!


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