Zesty Basil Chicken Recipe

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The combination of fresh basil and other seasonings gives this chicken a wonderful aroma. It's a real crowd-pleaser at picnics and potlucks...folks always come back for seconds!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Grill: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Grill: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves, skin removed (7 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

Diabetic Exchanges: One serving (prepared with margarine and without added salt) equals 4 lean meat 1 vegetable 1 fat; also, 303 calories, 562 mg sodium, 75 mg cholesterol, 4 gm carbohydrate, 29 gm protein, 19 gm fat.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the butter, basil, onion, garlic and salt if desired. Rub pepper and lemon-pepper over chicken. Brush with butter mixture.
  2. Grill chicken, covered, over medium-low heat, 15-23 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°, basting with marinade frequently. Before serving, sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Basil Chicken in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p95

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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