Basil and Garlic-Slathered Chicken Breasts

This is one of my daughter's favorite way to eat chicken! It's a great way to use that fresh basil in your herb garden.

Basil and Garlic-Slathered Chicken Breasts

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  • 3

    cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1

    teaspoon salt

  • ½

    cup chopped fresh basil

  • ½

    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.


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