Basil Grilled Chicken

Paula Deen: foodnetwork.com

Another foodnetwork.com favorite, this chicken is absolutely scrumptious: the basil butter – to DIE for!  In fact, since the recipe makes much more of the basil butter than most of us would probably consume with the one meal (although you may just opt to eat the bowl of butter and leave the chicken), I also use it later with corn on the cob, grilled salmon, grilled/broiled asparagus etc.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 skinned chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil leaves, plus 2 tablespoons freshly minced basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup (5 tablespoons) butter, melted, plus 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Fresh basil springs, optional

Directions

Prepare charcoal grill.

Press the coarsely ground pepper into the meaty side of the chicken breast halves. Stir the chopped basil into the melted butter. Brush the chicken lightly with this mixture. In a small bowl, combine the softened butter, minced basil, Parmesan, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Beat at low speed with an electric mixer until smoothly blended. Transfer to a small serving bowl; set aside.

Grill the chicken over medium coals for 8 to 10 minutes on each side, basting frequently with the remaining melted butter mixture.

Serve the grilled chicken with the basil-butter mixture. Garnish with fresh basil springs, if desired.

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