Grilled Pesto Chicken

A simple easy recipe for pesto chicken using healthy healthy walnuts and fresh plum tomatoes. This healthy chicken dinner is going to be your new favorite.



46 chicken breast (boneless & skinless)

2 fistfuls fresh basil

4 cloves garlic

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup olive oil

4 plum tomatoes

1 tsp salt

fresh cracked pepper to taste

1 lemon (juice of 1/2, reserve other half)

*vegetable oil for brushing cast iron pan

4 chopped roma tomatoes for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry.

Place basil, walnuts, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil inside the food processor.

Blend until smooth.

Smear over the chicken and let marinate for 1 hour.

Preheat iron grill to medium heat.

Brush with vegetable or other oil of choice.

Grill chicken about 5-6 minutes per side.

Try not to move the chicken until you are absolutely sure that the grill lines are set and then flip over.

Brush the pan with more vegetable oil between batches of chicken to avoid sticking.

Remove the chicken and grill the other half of lemon in the same pan. This step takes about 3-5 minutes.

Place chicken in a flat aluminum sheet pan and finish cooking in oven for about 10 minutes or until the center of the chicken is no longer pink.

Top chicken with fresh chopped roma tomatoes and garnish with grilled lemon.


This recipe requires 1 hour marinating on the chicken. Don’t skip this step.

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