Pesto-Parmesan Crusted Grilled Chicken

Spread a thin layer of intensely flavored basil pesto under the skin of chicken breasts, grill, then sit back and garner the compliments.

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1
tablespoon olive oil
1
teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/2
cup Progresso™ panko bread crumbs
1/2
cup basil pesto
3
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
4
bone-in skin-on chicken breasts (8.25 oz each)
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Heat gas or charcoal grill. In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook garlic in oil about 30 seconds, stirring constantly, until fragrant. Add bread crumbs. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until toasted. Remove crumb mixture to small bowl. Stir pesto and Parmesan cheese into bowl with crumbs.
  • 2 Loosen skin on chicken to form a pocket, without detaching skin completely. Fill each pocket with pesto mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • 3 Place chicken on grill, skin side down, over medium-low heat. Cover grill; cook 10 minutes, moving occasionally as needed to avoid burning the skin. Turn chicken; spoon any remaining pesto over chicken. Cook 10 to 15 minutes longer or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (170°F).

Expert Tips

To form the most secure pocket for the pesto, look for chicken that has a good amount of skin.

Panko bread crumbs are Japanese bread crumbs, which are a bit coarser than regular bread crumbs, resulting in a crunchy topping.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
450
(
Calories from Fat
260),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
29g
29%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
85mg
85%;
Sodium
770mg
770%;
Total Carbohydrate
12g
12%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
33g
33%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 1 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.