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Barbecue Plank Roasted Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Barbecue Plank Roasted Pesto-Stuffed Chicken BreastsThese extraordinary, show-off grilled chicken breasts boast a colorful fresh basil pesto stuffing. Recipe from the Blue Ribbon Cooking School, Seattle, Washington.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 packaged cedar planks (Western Red Cedar)
2 (gallon-sized) zipper lock bags
8 cups water - divided use
1 1/2 cups salt - divided use
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar - divided use
6 chicken breast halves, bone-in and skin on
Basil Pesto Stuffing (recipe follows), or prepared pesto sauce of choice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cedar Plank Instructions: Pre-soak cedar planks according to package directions. Usually, this will involve soaking boards for a minimum of 2 hours in a bucket or sink of water.
  2. In each of two gallon-sized zipper lock bags, pour 4 cups of water. Dissolve 3/4 cup salt and 3/4 cup sugar in each bag of water. Add 3 chicken breasts to each bag and seal, pressing out as much air as possible. Refrigerate chicken about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Prepare gas or charcoal grill.
  4. Remove chicken from brine marinade, rinse well and pat dry with paper towels. Loosen skin of the chicken. Place 2 tablespoons of basil pesto under the skin of each breast. Spread pesto around under the skin. Season skin side of chicken with salt and pepper.
  5. Place each chicken breast, skin-side-up, on a pre-soaked piece of cedar. Lay cedar planks on grill rack and close lid. Cook 30 to 35 minutes until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 145°F to 150°F (approximately 65°C).

Makes 6 servings.

Basil Pesto Stuffing: In bowl of food processor, place 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, 3 tablespoons parsley, 1 clove garlic, 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/4 cup pine nuts, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon white pepper. Purée pesto ingredients. With processor running, slowly pour 1/4 cup olive oil into mixture. Blend until puréed. Refrigerate until needed. Pesto will thicken when chilled.

To Grill without Planks: Prepare gas or charcoal grill. Place chicken, skin-side-up, on grill over medium heat. Cover grill and let cook 30 to 35 minutes until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 145°F to 150°F (approximately 65°C).

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council. Used with permission.