Looking for a way to dress up your grilled chicken this summer? Wow your family or barbecue guests with this simple and tasty recipe. The pesto and marinated tomatoes, add so much flavor, and are so easy to whip up.
Serve alongside a salad loaded with greens and seasonal veggies, and you have a dish screaming summer.
TIP: When grilling use barbecue tools with long handles to keep you safely away from the heat of the fire.
Nutrition info (per serving): 368 calories, 19.5g fat (3.5g sat), 136mg cholesterol, 169mg sodium, 3.4g carbohydrates, 0.7g fiber, 42g protein
In a food processor pulse basil, garlic, cheese, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing, until smooth consistency.
In plastic bag, marinate, chicken, pesto, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice for at least 1 hour.
Using a utility knife, like the Cutco Trimmer, cut each tomato in half. Gently remove the seeds with your fingers, and coarsely chop and place in a bowl.
In a separate small bowl, use a whisk to combine the oil, vinegar, garlic, mustard, basil, the remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt, and a generous amount of pepper. Pour this over the tomatoes and combine well.
Remove the chicken from the pesto, shaking to remove excess marinade, and sprinkle lightly with salt. Grill – turning once until golden on both sides and cooked through.
Erin Burch, MS, RDN, CDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified dietitian nutritionist who maintains a private practice in Western New York. She encourages wellness through nutrition consultation and counseling, by integrating science-based nutrition with medical care and lifestyle, as a primary approach to both prevention and treatment. She specializes in weight management, pediatric nutrition, pre/postnatal nutrition, cardiovascular health, general wellness, and meal planning. She also counsels on vegetarian/vegan nutrition, sports nutrition, diabetes, and disease prevention. Erin has dedicated her career to revolutionizing food-as-medicine in treatment and prevention of disease.