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Pesto-Parmesan Crusted Grilled Chicken

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Pesto-Parmesan Crusted Grilled Chicken
  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 4
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Spread a thin layer of intensely flavored basil pesto under the skin of chicken breasts, grill, then sit back and garner the compliments.
Updated Jan 25, 2010

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
Make With
Make With
Progresso Breadcrumbs

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).

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    To form the most secure pocket for the pesto, look for chicken that has a good amount of skin.
  • tip 2
    Panko bread crumbs are Japanese bread crumbs, which are a bit coarser than regular bread crumbs, resulting in a crunchy topping.

Nutrition

450 Calories, 29g Total Fat, 33g Protein, 12g Total Carbohydrate, 1g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
450
Calories from Fat
260
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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