Pesto-Parmesan Crusted Grilled Chicken

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

Minutes

Total Time

45

Minutes

Makes

4

servings

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).
Makes 4 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Kitchen 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:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 450
    • (Calories from Fat 260),
  • Total Fat 29g
    • (Saturated Fat 7g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 85mg;
  • Sodium 770mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 12g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 1g),
  • Protein 33g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    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.