Pesto & Lemon Grilled Chicken

Pesto & Lemon Grilled Chicken

A bright and fresh marinade with a generous hit of garlic and red pepper flake makes this an easy and zesty chimichurri like combination – perfect for chicken, seafood or fish, tofu, beef, and definitely veggies!  

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Pesto and Lemon Grilled Chicken

A bright and fresh marinade with generous hit of garlic and red pepper flake make this an easy and zesty chimichurri like combination perfect for chicken, seafood or fish, tofu, beef, and definitely veggies.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Marinate Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 1 batch

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 2 tbsp prepared basil pesto
  • 1 large lemon fully zested (about 1 tbsp), then squeezed (about 4 tbsp)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

Marinade

  • Combine all together in a sturdy zip lock bag or a non-metalic bowl.
  • Before adding your protein or veggies, save back 3 tbsp of marinade and set aside. You'll use this to brush on your grilled chicken once it's sliced and plated.
  • In the remaining marinade, add your protein or vegetable of choice and let rest for the recommended length of time: chicken about 30-1hr, seafood and fish no longer than 30 min, veggies 30 min, firm tofu (pressed dry) 1 hour, and beef 1 hour or up to overnight.
  • Grill until cooked through, set aside and let rest, then slice and spoon or brush with reserved marinade.

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