Memorial Day is right around the corner and if you're hosting you should be in full menu planning mode. Keeping the menu simple is key to feeling like a guest at your own party. Choose recipes with few ingredients that are simple to prepare. So you're not a slave to the grill, have a mix of recipes for the grill and recipes that can be prepared ahead of time.
This grilled chicken recipe has only 4 ingredients, but looks - and tastes - impressive. Prepared pesto gives this recipe a big flavor punch and makes it easy for you to get dinner on the table in no time.
Recipe developed for Beemster
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons refrigerated prepared pesto, divided
4 ounces roasted red pepper (about 3/4 cup)
4 ounces Beemster Paradiso Gouda, thinly sliced
Coat chicken all over with 2 tablespoons pesto. Grill chicken 12 minutes, turning once and brushing with remaining pesto until thoroughly cooked. Top each piece of chicken with roasted peppers and Beemster. Grill 2 minutes or until Beemster is melted.
Tip: If you're not a fan of roasted peppers, used sliced tomatoes instead. Tastes just as delicious, especially when they're summer Jersey tomatoes.
Serving suggestion: Serve on Italian rolls for a hearty sandwich.
My new favorite refrigerated pesto is Rana Basil Pesto. While it's nice to make your own, there's really no need since this pesto tastes as good as home-made. I keep it in the fridge for a quick flavor boost in everything from pizza to pasta.
If you can't find Rana, Buitoni is a good second choice.
are a perfect first course or accompaniment to the Pesto Chicken