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

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Relax after work with a cold drink while this savory chicken marinates in an herby tomato blend for an hour, then toss it on the grill. It tastes just like summer. —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


  • 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
  • 8 plum tomatoes
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 177 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. For marinade, place first five ingredients in a blender. Cut four tomatoes into quarters and add to blender; cover and process until blended. Halve remaining tomatoes for grilling.
  2. In a bowl, combine chicken and 2/3 cup marinade; refrigerate, covered, 1 hour, turning occasionally. Reserve remaining marinade for serving.
  3. Place chicken on an oiled grill rack over medium heat; discard marinade remaining in bowl. Grill chicken, covered, until a thermometer reads 165°, 4-6 minutes per side. Grill tomatoes, covered, over medium heat until lightly browned, 2-4 minutes per side. Serve chicken and tomatoes with reserved marinade. 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 User ID: 6612040 252460
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!"

hchambers User ID: 7140928 231008
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2015

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

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 229404
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

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

joycerm53 User ID: 703299 229112
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!"

MrsOwens User ID: 7095603 168626
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"Delicious! No other words needed!"

lizandan User ID: 4921589 68826
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"A very delicious summery meal!"

bigmamacooks User ID: 2760788 152678
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!"

sandbert User ID: 4692066 98044
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."

pzide User ID: 1073696 167472
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!"

maggieyoder User ID: 2170439 98043
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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