3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil 1/2 teaspoon black pepper olive oil, to taste (+ additional for grill) few drops lemon juice, optional 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
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.
I have made this 3 times in the past week and a half and tonight, Im going for a 4th. Its amazing and everyone Ive made it for LOVES it! Thank you for posting this recipe. :) I usually use thin cut chicken breasts, 2 packages of fresh basil, add some chopped cilantro into the mix and extra garlic. Dont forget the lemon! When its done on the bbq, I dribble a capful of lemon juice over each breast. AMAZING!
Sep 6, 2009
Very simple, very tasty. I didn't use lemon, it still was yummy. I will definitely make this again, it's a quick easy dinner. We have some left over actually, and I think it would be really good cold on my salad for lunch tomorrow too!
Sep 1, 2009
This was soo good and delicious and so easy to make. My garden was overgrowing with basil and I wanted to find a way to get rid of it, and found this recipe. Instead of using lemon juice, I squeezed in the juice from half a lime. And instead of grilling it, I slathered the paste all over the chicken and underneath ths skin (I used chicken legs instead of breast), and threw it into the oven at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. The sauce from the chicken that came from this was phenomenal.
Aug 25, 2009
Liz Castillo REVIEW:
This was the BEST chicken I've EVER made... so fresh and delicious & very easy to make. I used boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts & grilled them - they were juicy and full of flavor. I honestly didn't expect it given how simple the recipe was. Thanks for posting!!
Jul 25, 2009
Loved it! Even the little guys ate it. Very easy and extremely tasty.
Jul 21, 2009
Guest Foodie REVIEW:
Not only was this dish super yummy, but it was very quick and easy to make. I will definitely be saving this recipe for future dinners!
Jun 28, 2009
I had a basil plant sitting on my counter... just googled up this recipe and man was a happy that i did. for me, just a tad to much garlic, but the family disagreed. Marinated for about 4 hours, then cooked on the weber grill 4-5 mins a side. Served with some steamed zuchinni/squash/carrots.
Aug 22, 2007
This was a wonderful recipe. In my greenhouse I had basil that I needed to eat. I defrosted two chicken breasts and harvested the basil. I followed the recipe and then baked the chicken covered with the basil and garlic mix at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. My husband loved and ate it all. No leftovers. Excellent recipe.