Basil and Pistachio Nut Pesto Grilled Chicken

With the arrival of warm weather, the grills start firing up. Walking around my condo complex I can smell the different meats and marinades-it makes my mouth water! The grill is great for healthy eating and it gives flavor to your proteins and veggies that cannot be substituted on the stove.

While Kyle was out golfing last weekend and the sun was shining, I decided to surprise him with a healthy lunch. My basil plant was overgrown but I didn’t have the traditional pesto ingredients. After looking around my kitchen I came up with a substitute that did the trick.



  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 onion cut in 4 thick slices
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 10 or so pistachio nuts
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Juice from 1/2 of 1 lemon
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of parmesan cheese (or more if you’d like)


Place all the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.

Brush the pesto on the chicken and onions and place on the grill (just a thin layer).


When your chicken and veggies are done, immediately smother them in pesto so it really takes on the flavor.


Serve with a fork and knife.

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