Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Basil Grilled Chicken

Basil Grilled Chicken
reprinted from a Southern Living recipe card I got in the mail years ago

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
3/4 tsp coarsely ground pepper
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 Tbsp minced fresh basil
1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
Fresh basil sprigs (optional)

Press 3/4 tsp pepper into meaty sides of chicken breast halves. Combine 1/3 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup chopped basil; stir well. Brush chicken lightly with melted butter mixture.

Combine 1/2 cup softened butter, 2 tablespoons basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Beat at low speed of an electric mixer until mixture is well blended and smooth. Transfer to a small serving bowl; set aside. (I just mixed it up really well with a spoon. I also used regular basil from the spice aisle here, even though I used fresh basil in the first step. I know, I'm a rebel.)

Grill chicken over medium coals 8 - 10 minutes on each side, basting frequently with remaining melted butter mixture. Serve grilled chicken with basil-butter mixture (I didn't do this; we used it all basting). Garnish with fresh basil sprigs, if desired (I didn't do this either).

I served the chicken with fresh vegetables and ranch dressing, and a spinach salad. For the spinach salad, I put sliced strawberries, some almonds, shredded cheese from a bag and Marzetti's spinach salad dressing on it. I mix the dressing up half dressing/half water so it's not quite so thick before I toss the salad.

I bought the big bag of frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts from Sam's Club and doubled everything in the recipe. My kids loved this! We only had two pieces of chicken left.


Remodelaholic said...

This sounds SO delish! I love basil, chicken and grilling! I have a little recipe link party on Wednesdays I would love it if you linked one of your recipes or tow or three... Hope to see you visit soon! Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog!

kristin said...

I made this chicken tonight (with some shrimp, because I didn't have very much chicken) and brought it with pasta & a simple salad to my friend that just had a baby. They LOVED it, and she said that her 5 year old ate more tonight than she has in a LONG time.

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I can't wait to make it more for my crew!