A Squared: Friday Finds: Basil Grilled Chicken Breasts

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Finds: Basil Grilled Chicken Breasts

As a nod to my recent trip down south, this edition of Friday Finds features a recipe from A Taste of Glynn: Signature Servings from Chefs, Caterers, and Cooks of Georgia's Golden Isles.  I found this book at a cute home store in St. Simon's Island and it features recipes from chefs and restaurants from around Glynn County.  Part of the proceeds from the sale of these books goes to the Glynn Community Crisis Center, which provides support to victims of domestic violence.  Apparently there is also an annual Taste of Glynn fundraising event too... I think I would like to attend!

One of the reasons that I bought the book was for all of the great seafood and classic southern recipes in it.  However, we have been busy this week coming off one trip and departing for another so I was looking for something quick and simple. This chicken recipe could not have been easier-- only a few ingredients and very limited prep time and it had really great flavor.  Since it was cold and rainy when we made this dinner I cooked the chicken in a grill pan. I imagine it will be even better on the outdoor grill this summer!

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise *I used light mayo
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

To flatten chicken breasts, place between 2 heavy plastic cutting boards or plastic wrap, using a large rubber mallet, until about 1/4-inch thick. Combine mayonnaise, basil, garlic, and vinegar in a small dish. Brush on to chicken breasts; put coated side down on a non-stick tray. Brush tops. Grill one side about 2 minutes. Turn, season with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through, about 2 minutes more.

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