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Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe
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Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe

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Here's the perfect recipe for midweek summer barbecues! Relax after work with a cold drink while your savory chicken marinates, then toss it on the grill. Enjoy! —Laura Lunardi, West Chester, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 plum tomatoes, divided
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

174 calories: 1 each, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 179mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable 0 fat.

Directions

  1. Cut four tomatoes into quarters and place in a food processor. Add the vinegar, basil, oil, garlic and salt; cover and process until blended.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup dressing into a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until serving. Pour remaining dressing into a large resealable plastic bag; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for up to 1 hour.
  3. Drain and discard marinade. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°.
  4. Cut remaining tomatoes in half; grill or broil for 2-3 minutes on each side or until tender. Serve with chicken and reserved dressing. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes in Light & Tasty June/July 2007, p19

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.


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PrplMonky5
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"WOW! The reviews are right. This is soooo good! I did cut the recipe in half for just my husband and I, and it worked out fine. Do *NOT* sub in dried basil for the fresh. The fresh basil really brings out the flavors of the dressing. We marinated it for exactly 1 hour, then grilled it. We spooned a bit of the dressing on top after it was done. We are saving the leftover dressing for a side salad on another night. I will DEFINITELY make this again. YUM!"

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hchambers
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2015

"Delicious! I love to serve this chicken over a salad for a great and healthy summertime meal."

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mjlouk
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"The chicken had excellent flavor! So delicious! Great way to use fresh basil."

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joycerm53
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2015

"This is the best marinade for chicken! I think it is the balsamic vinegar that makes it different than the rest. Definitely a keeper. Every time I make it, people ask me for the recipe. I usually grill more than I need and have the leftovers on a salad the next day. Delicious!"

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MrsOwens
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"Delicious! No other words needed!"

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lizandan
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"A very delicious summery meal!"

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bigmamacooks
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2011

"I made this for dinner tonight with bone in breasts and thighs and there was plenty of sauce for marinating and dipping later. So yummy! Fresh flavors abound! I will be making this again and sharing it with my friends!"

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sandbert
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2010

"Grilled this last night, turned out GREAT!!! Tomatoes were fresh out of our garden.The wife wanted the recipe fo her co-workers."

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pzide
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2010

"I needed something nice but easy for a special birthday dinner. This was it! Everyone at the party loved it and wanted the recipe!"

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maggieyoder
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"This was delicious. I marinated the chicken for about 3 hours and it really picked up the flavors of the marinade. A winner for sure."

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