Garlic and Basil Slathered Chicken

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Rub your chicken in Pesto and grill

Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 5 min

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 4

Dietary guidance: d 

Tags: main · chicken · garlic · pesto ·


4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 cloves garlic,
1/2 cup Basil leaves,
coarse salt
1 tsp olive oil (more for grill if desired)
black pepper


In a food processor or a mortar, process or mash the garlic together with the salt. Add the basil and pepper and continue to mix until well combined. Add just enough oil to make a paste. If desired, add a few drops of lemon juice. Set aside.

Pat the chicken dry. Place the chicken between 2 sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap and, using your hand, a skillet or a rolling pin, gently flatten it to an even thickness of about 1/2". Transfer to a resealable plastic bag or a plate, add the basil paste and shake or smear to coat the chicken evenly.

Preheat the grill or place a grill pan over medium-high heat. Lightly oil the rack or pan.

Grill the chicken, turning once, just until cooked through, 3-5 minutes per side. Serve hot.


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