Barbecue Chicken with Arugula Pesto

January 4, 2012 in Categories: by

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BBQ Chicken with Arugula Pesto-031 copy copyMy family loves to barbecue even when it’s freezing out, but you could always cook this chicken under the broiler or on an indoor grill.  The best part about this chicken is that it’s just as good as leftovers as it is hot off the grill, so we always make enough for at least two meals.  The seasoning mix is inspired by a recipe in Alton Brown’s I’m Just Here for the Food: Version 2.0  My toddler actually loves this chicken and will easily eat an entire thigh by herself.

Arugula pesto is very easy to make and is delicious with a variety of meats, or mixed into some mashed cauliflower, or tossed with some roasted vegetables…  I like it with this grilled chicken and I hope you like it too!

Ingredients (Arugula Pesto):

1.Heat a non-stick skillet or well-seasoned cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Add garlic still in the peel to the pan.  Stir or shake the pan frequently so the garlic rotates and cooks on all side.  Cook until garlic is starting to brown and is feeling fairly soft to touch, about 7-8 minutes.
2.Let garlic cool, then peel.  Place in a blender or food processor with the other ingredients.  Pulse until it’s a paste.  Enjoy!

Ingredients (Barbecued Chicken):

1. Mix spices in a bowl.  Toss with chicken and rub around with your hands to thoroughly coat (don’t forget to wash well afterward!).
2. Place on a hot grill.  Cook approximately 10 minutes on the first side and 8 minutes on the second side, or until completely cooked.  You may have to adjust your cooking time depending on the heat of your barbecue.


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Hi just found your website – fantastic! I made this for dinner tonight (including extra for leftovers) and it is all gone! This is DELICIOUS!!!!! I cooked some in the oven and some in the frypan – both were yummy!!!

Thank you for this awesome recipe! I planted way too much arugula, not realizing how well it would do in my climate. I was so happy to find the perfect use from one of my go-to websites. I can always count on The Paleo Mom’s recipes to work and be delicious!

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Just had to comment and say this is a family favourite in our house. Not a fan of the sauce but the chicken is brilliant. Smells awesome when it’s cooking. Thanks for your fabulous recipes.

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