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Grilled Pesto Chicken Breasts

June 5, 2017

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grilled-pesto-chickenIs your grill in full effect? We know ours is. You will definitely want to give this grilled pesto chicken a try. It is full of flavor and super moist. Try this healthy recipe and visit Healthy Hands Cooking to learn about our instructor opportunity and healthy cooking classes.







Grilled Pesto Chicken Breasts

This grilled pesto chicken is full of flavor.

Makes: 4-6 servings

Time: 20 minutes + time for marinating.


  • 4 Organic Chicken Breasts
  • 6-8 Ounces Pesto sauce, jar (or make your own. Pesto Recipe below!)


Insert chicken breasts into a ziplock bag and pound flat.

Transfer to a new ziplock bag (no pinholes) and scoop in pesto.

Move chicken through pesto until all sides are covered.

Allow to marinate in the refrigerator from 15 minutes to 2 hours.

Heat outdoor grill to medium high heat.

Discard marinade and place chicken breasts on grill.  Cook for 3-4 minutes each side until seared and cooked through to a temperature of 160 degrees.

Place breasts on a plate and tent with foil for 5 – 10 minutes.

May be served with a bit of extra fresh pesto brushed on top.


Homemade Pesto
•    2 Cups Fresh Basil Leaves
•    1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
•    1/3 Cup Pine Nuts or Chopped Walnuts
•    3 Garlic Cloves
•    1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
•     Salt and Pepper

Directions:  In a food processor, pulse first 4 ingredients. Slowly add the olive oil blending into a thick mixture. Season with salt and pepper.



Jan Pinnington

Jan Pinnington is the founder of Healthy Hands Cooking.