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Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe

Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe

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. YIELD: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)


  • 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.

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.

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Reviewed Sep. 28, 2017

"Delicious! Made both the chicken and grilled tomatoes tonight for dinner and hit this one out of the park! Fresh basil is the only way to go. Saw the recipe in the magazine and cut it out to try and the family was happy I did. There was plenty of marinade leftover (after measuring out 2/3 cup to put in Ziploc bag with chicken) to top cooked chicken or green salad. II marinated it in the fridge for about 2 hours or a bit more. The chicken was very tender. This will definitely be going into the dinner rotation. Thx for sharing this Laura!"

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2017

"I made as directed, but only used 2 chicken breasts. I took the reserved marinade and boiled it down into a thickened sauce. It was delicious, and I froze the rest of the marinade for the future. My husband told me that this is a keeper."

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2017

"Made this for a last minute dinner with a side of pesto pasta and it was awesome."

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2017

"Using the blender for the marinade is so smart! My guys can be picky about chunks of tomato, so I love that half of them disappear into the marinade. Will be freezing a few batches of this to make on the indoor grill this winter!"

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2017

"This was so easy. It tasted great. I made this just as it called for. The flavors blended well. Delicious!"

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2017

"Would you marinade this overnight?"

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2017

"Be sure to use a blender and not a food processor to mix the marinade. I used 2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast and doubled the marinade ingredients, and it overflowed the food processor. I cut them into strips before marinating and then threaded onto skewers and grilled. They were tender and good. Next time I will use less balsamic (which was a little overpowering) and use more basil."

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!"

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2015

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

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

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

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