Deborah's Grilled Chicken Recipe -
Deborah's Grilled Chicken Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Deborah's Grilled Chicken

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"Grilled chicken breasts topped with a savory tomato-basil topping and Parmesan. Great over angel hair pasta!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Place the chicken breast halves between two sheets of heavy plastic (resealable freezer bags work well) on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound the chicken with the smooth side of a meat mallet to a thickness of about 1/2 inch. Brush each chicken breast with olive oil, and sprinkle with a pinch of garlic salt.
  3. Grill the chicken breasts on the preheated grill until the meat is no longer pink inside and the chicken has good grill marks, 5 to 8 minutes per side. Move chicken to a cooler part of the grill to keep warm.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, mix together the tomatoes, basil, green onions, garlic, salt, black pepper, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  5. Place an 8-inch square piece of aluminum foil onto the grill, and move a cooked chicken breast onto the foil. Top the chicken breast with about 1/4 cup of the tomato mixture, and sprinkle the topping with about 2 teaspoons of Parmesan cheese. Repeat for the other pieces of chicken.
  6. Close the lid on the grill, and grill the chicken breasts until the topping is hot, 2 to 3 more minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 21, 2010

In a word - Excellent! I love italian grilled chicken and this was no exception. It was light yet full of flavor! I pounded three chicken breasts down thin as the recipe states, but instead of just rubbing it with olive oil and using garlic salt I rubbed the chicken with olive oil and used minced garlic plus added a bit of salt and cracked black pepper. I basically eyeballed the ingredients. We also grilled the chicken with the fresh rosemary sprigs to give it a nice flavor. I kept the amount of topping the same and it was absolutely fabulous. I also used a combination of shredded Parmesan and Romano cheeses sprinkled on top. I served it with a side of angel hair pasta with "Best Marinara Sauce Yet" from this site. All we needed to complete the meal was a fresh garden salad! Thanks Deborah for a great recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 10, 2011

I didn't really care for this recipe. There wasn't much flavor to it. I used Italian seasonings and put Garlic powder on both sides of the chicken breast prior to cooking. I baked this in the oven. I didn't put on the mix until 15 minutes into cooking. Maybe I should have put in on earlier. My husband liked it but also complained that it didn't have much flavor. I probably will not make it again.

Sep 13, 2010

We were looking for something that was healthy, and this certainly fit the bill. I followed the recipe exactly except that I used only two chicken breasts (one package from Costco's boneless, skinless, chicken breasts) and cut the ingredients for the topping in half. My parmesan cheese was actually Trader Joe's Shaved Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago Cheese. I do believe that the chicken could have used just a tad more seasoning (at least pepper), and it really did cry "Capers!" to me throughout my preparation. And for sure I'd add the capers to it next time. There certainly will be a next time. I was just trying to stick to the recipe as stated since I knew this would be one of the first reviews. This was very yummy! And we WILL have this many more times in the future.

Sep 13, 2010

Different and tasty - but like Marianne said, the chicken could have used something while grilling....was a bit bland but the basil (for the most part) made up for it. Healthy too! Next time I will season the chicken prior to cooking but it was pretty good. I may also add some fresh oregano with the basil, then it would be more like a chicken parm dish but low-fat/calories. Here I thought I was going to be the first to review this recipe as I was searching for something to do with 'chicken' and 'basil' and came across it and figured I would give it a whirl! Nice to know someone else is on the same wavelength! :) Thanks Deborah for providing the recipe! (from another Deborah!)

Jan 20, 2011

LOVED IT! I Didn't cook it on the grill cause honestly I was just too lazy to go outside and it was too cold. Sooo I pan seared it. I set the oven to 400 degrees and let it pre heat while cooking the chicken. I coated the chicken in some salt,pepper, garlic powder, and some Italian seasoning. I then placed the chicken on a baking pan and put the mixture and Parmesan cheese on top and baked it until slightly golden brown on top, which was appx 10 minutes...PERFECT AND EASY!

Oct 18, 2010

Excellent! I used canned diced tomatoes and lots of garlic: it was wonderful.

Sep 20, 2010

I loved this. The topping is excellent and really adds to the chicken. I did put some pepper on the chicken before grilling. I will definitely make this again.

Nov 22, 2010

So yummy will definatly make this again


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  • Calories
  • 175 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 70 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 26.3 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 381 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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