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Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe

Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe

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. YIELD:4 servings


  • 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)


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 174 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 179mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Reviews for Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes

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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."

corrie36 User ID: 4017245 167466
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2010

"This is a great way to use up the extra basil growing in my garden. My only alteration would be setting aside more sauce to put on the cooked chicken. It's so yummy!"

daisyshae99 User ID: 1005356 106538
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2010

"We made this tonight on our outdoor gas grill and it was very good. Next time I think I will let it marinade longer than an hour. I enjoyed all of the fresh flavors and the speed at which the marinade went together. Just threw everything in the blender and two pulses later it was good to go! Yum!"

daisey5 User ID: 146806 96537
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2010

"I marinated it for about 6 hours and used dried basil. Then had my neighbor grill it for me. It was very good and everyone liked it."

Gorsuch User ID: 1254578 171403
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"I bought an indoor grilling machine & never having grilled, I started searching the web for recipes particularly for chicken. I was having poor luck because each one I tried lacked the taste I was seeking. I could honestly say that each one was tasteless; it was eating chicken with absolutely no seasoning. Then I logged onto your site (why oh why didn't start there!) & found this recipe. It was delicious! I have several more of your recipes lined up."

MattieDodd User ID: 3395914 152781
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2009

"I grilled this while we were camping and it is oh!! so delicious!!!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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