Basil Pesto Grilled Chicken Recipe

Basil Pesto Grilled Chicken Recipe is a delicious recipe where chicken is marinated in fresh earthy basil pesto and grilled to perfection. Make this delicious chicken recipe for dinner parties or for a special occasion

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Basil Pesto Grilled Chicken Recipe
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Basil Pesto Grilled Chicken Recipe is a versatile recipe that can be served either as an starter or as a main course dish.  Succulent pieces of breast chicken coated in an earthy fresh basil pesto taste heavenly. There's absolutely nothing like homemade pesto, with fresh basil and herbs that's ground with walnuts. Pesto can be easily made in a mixer grinder at home.

Basil Pesto Grilled Chicken is a high protein low carb recipe and so you can make this recipe if you are looking to lose weight. Just serve it with a wholesome salad by the side and it becomes a complete healthy meal.

Serve Basil Pesto Grilled Chicken Recipe with Summer Lettuce Salad Recipe and French Onion Soup Recipe for dinner.

Take a look at some more chicken recipes: 

  1. Sweet Chili Lime Grilled Chicken, Roasted Corn and Sweet Potato Mash Recipe
  2. Creamy Butter Chicken Recipe
  3. Chicken Tomato Macaroni Recipe

Cuisine: Continental
Course: Main Course
Diet: High Protein Non Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Cast Iron Grill Pan
Prep in

70 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

90 M


1 Servings


  • 1 Chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh cream
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic Butter
  • For the Basil Pesto
  • 250 grams Basil leaves , with stems removed
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts , toasted
  • 4 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Whole Black Peppercorns , coarsely pounded
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese , grated

How to make Basil Pesto Grilled Chicken Recipe

  1. To begin making the Basil Pesto Grilled Chicken Recipe, make the fresh basil pesto and keep it ready.

For the Basil Pesto
  1. Place the walnuts,garlic, basil leaves, salt, and pepper in the food processor and churn until coarse. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed.

  2. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. 

  3. In a mixing bowl, marinade the chicken breast along with the basil pesto, cream, and lemon juice. Let it sit for about an hour.

  4. Heat a grill pan/skillet on medium flame, put some garlic butter and place the chicken breast on it. Cook till the chicken is completely cooked through. IT will take about 8 to ten minutes on either sides to cook the chicken. 

  5. Once done transfer the Basil Pesto Grilled Chicken onto a serving plate and serve hot.

  6. Serve Basil Pesto Grilled Chicken Recipe with Summer Lettuce Salad Recipe and French Onion Soup Recipe for lunch or dinner.