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Pesto-Parmesan Crusted Grilled Chicken

pesto-parmesan crusted grilled chicken Entree
Pesto-Parmesan Crusted Grilled Chicken
  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 4

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

Updated January 25, 2010
Progresso Breadcrumbs
Make with
Progresso Breadcrumbs

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

Steps

  • 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).

  • 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 Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
450
Calories from Fat
260
% Daily Value
Total Fat
29g
45%
Saturated Fat
7g
35%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
85mg
28%
Sodium
770mg
32%
Potassium
260mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
12g
4%
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
Sugars
1g
Protein
33g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
15%
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 Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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