Grilled Pesto-Marinated Chicken


This moist and flavorful chicken is as easy as it is satisfying! Perfect with a green salad, rice, or pasta.

close up view of sliced Grilled Pesto-Marinated Chicken along with Grilled Pesto-Marinated Chicken breasts on a plate
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 20 mins
4 chicken breasts


  • 1 (6 ounce) jar prepared pesto (such as Barilla® Rustic Basil Pesto)

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 3 ounces lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 chicken breast halves


  1. Mix together pesto, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, pepper, and salt in a 1-gallon resealable freezer bag. Add chicken, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  3. Remove chicken from the marinade and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade.

  4. Cook chicken on the preheated grill over indirect heat until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 6 to 8 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

381 Calories
25g Fat
6g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 381
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 773mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 394mg 30%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 369mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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