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5. Grilled Chicken Breasts with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

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This recipe serves: 4
Preparation time : 15 minutes
Cooking time : 15 minutes


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 4 to 6 ounces each
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, plus a few for garnishing (about 1 large bunch)
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
12 sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
nonstick cooking spray
pinch sugar
3 tablespoons low sodium chicken broth

Cooking Instructions

1. In a large resealable bag, combine the balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup of the basil leaves, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper. Add the chicken breasts, seal the bag and turn it over a few times until the chicken is evenly coated. (This can be prepared a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.)

2. For the sun-dried tomato pesto, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, garlic and the remaining 1/4 cup basil leaves in a food processor. Process until the mixture is finely ground. Add the Parmesan cheese, the remaining olive oil, sugar, chicken broth and pepper and process for a few more seconds to combine. (This can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.)

3. Preheat the oven to medium-high.

4. Grill the chicken on each side until the it is cooked through, about 6 minutes per side.

5. Serve each chicken breast with a dollop of the sun-dried tomato pesto and garnish with basil leaves.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 chicken breast with pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400
Total Fat 11 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 84 mg
Sodium 245 mg
Total Carbohydrate 33 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Protein 41 g
Percent Calories from Fat 25%
Percent Calories from Protein 41%
Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 34%


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