How to make Grilled Pesto Chicken -

Boneless chicken breasts rubbed over with pesto, grilled and served.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Boneless chicken breasts (हड्डी रहित चिकन ब्रेस्ट), Fresh basil leaves (ताज़े बेसिल के पत्ते )

Cuisine : Italian

Course : Main Course Chicken

Grilled Pesto Chicken

Grilled Pesto Chicken Recipe Card


Hindi: murgh
Be a kid or a teenage or an adult or an oldie, chicken lovers trend all over the world at all times! One meat that is a favourite of all beyond belief! When cooked, it can be presented in many guises. Sauté it, fry it, toss it, bake it, steam it – eat it the way you want to. Whatever its form may be upon being cooked, its flavour may change but its flesh remains high in protein, low in fat and can be digested easily.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Grilled Pesto Chicken Recipe

  • Boneless chicken breasts 2

  • Fresh basil leaves 30-40

  • Salt to taste

  • Black pepper powder to sprinkle

  • Lemon juice for drizzling

  • Olive oil 2 tablespoons

  • Red bell pepper and yellow bell pepper ½ measures

  • Onion 1 medium

  • Fresh cream ½ cup

  • Garlic cloves 3-4

  • Salt to taste

  • Pine nuts(chilgoza) 3 tablespoons

  • Olive oil 6 tablespoons

  • Black peppercorns 4-5

  • Parmesan cheese powder ¼ cup


Step 1

Slit chicken, keep it on a plate, sprinkle salt and pepper powder, drizzle lemon juice. Set aside for 5-10 minutes.

Step 2

To make pesto, grind the basil leaves, garlic. Add pine nuts, olive oil, peppercorns. Transfer into a bowl, add parmesan cheese and salt. Mix well.

Step 3

Spread pesto reserving some over marinated chicken on both the sides and set aside for 10-15 minutes.

Step 4

Cut bell peppers and onion into big cubes

Step 5

Heat some olive in a non-stick grill pan, add cubed peppers and onion and cook till the grill marks appear on both the sides. Transfer on a plate.

Step 6

Heat remaining olive oil in the same grill pan, place marinated chicken and cook till grill marks appear on both the sides.

Step 7

To make pesto sauce, heat cream in a small non-stick pan, add some of the reserved pesto and mix well. Add salt and pepper powder and mix well.

Step 8

Drizzle pesto sauce on a serving plate, grilled chicken over it, place grilled veggies alongside. Garnish with reserved pesto and serve immediately.

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