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Grilled Chicken with Basil Butter

Grilled Chicken with Basil ButterA simple, yet delicious recipe for grilled chicken basted with basil-infused melted butter during grilling and served topped with a pat of basil butter. This recipe is from Johnson and Wales University in North Miami, Florida.

Recipe Ingredients:

Basil Butter:
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
3 tablespoons basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Chicken:
4 chicken breast halves, boneless and skinless, pounded thin
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup basil leaves, cut into thin strips
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Basil Butter: In small bowl, combine ingredients for basil butter; blend well. Place on sheet of plastic wrap, form into a log and refrigerate until needed.
  2. Preheat gas or charcoal grill, or broiler.
  3. For Chicken: Press black pepper into one side of each chicken breast half.
  4. In small bowl, combine melted butter, basil and salt.
  5. Brush each breast half with butter mixture; place on grill and cook, turning, until done throughout, about 7 to 8 minutes per side.
  6. When chicken is done, place one breast half on each of four plates; top with one fourth of the basil butter log.

Makes 4 servings.

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