Recipe By France C
Published Jun 6th
Grilled Chicken Margherita
Prep 20m Cook 10m Additional 4h Ready In 270m
Servings 4 Calories 471 kcal

This summer-ready grilled chicken margherita dish combines grilled chicken breasts with pesto, fresh mozzarella cheese, and cherry tomatoes for tons of Italian-inspired flavor.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 0.25 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 0.25 cup basil pesto

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Gently pound chicken breasts into even thickness using the smooth side of a meat mallet, about 1/2 inch thick. Place chicken into a resealable plastic bag.
  2. 2 Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt in a small bowl. Pour over chicken, coat evenly, and marinate for 4 to 8 hours.
  3. 3 Combine cherry tomatoes, basil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  4. 4 Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat; lightly oil the grate.
  5. 5 Remove chicken from marinade and grill with the lid closed for 4 minutes. Flip chicken and grill an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Top each breast with a slice of mozzarella cheese and 1 tablespoon of pesto, then top with cherry tomatoes. Close lid on grill and continue grilling until cheese is melted and chicken is no longer pink inside, about 3 more minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Using a spatula, carefully remove chicken to a serving platter.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 471 kcal
  • Carbohydrate 5 g
  • Cholesterol 122 mg
  • Fiber 1 g
  • Protein 49 g
  • Saturated Fat 7 g
  • Sodium 652 mg
  • Fat 27 g


  1. Excellent recipe and super easy to prepare. We served it over angel hair with Aglia y olio
  2. This recipe popped up and I had all the ingredients so thought I would try it. So good! Served it over lemon/parmesean angel hair.
  3. really good and easy - perfect summer dish! I just served over salad
  4. Talk about a meal that will impress!! Date night? Guests! Special Occasion!? This recipe will do it! Followed exactly except used grape tomatoes instead of cherry and made homemade pesto (Fresh Homemade Pesto submitted by Klantz) and served over Creamy Garlic Pasta submitted by Celstial! To die for!! The timing was spot on (assuming you - Read more ...