Grilled Chicken Margherita

Easy, healthy grilled chicken margherita topped with melted mozzarella cheese, pesto, and tomato basil garnish.

Grilled Chicken Margherita |
Grilled chicken. Pesto. Melty mozzarella. Tomatoes and basil.

This dish is exactly what my Summer needed and I’m willing to bet your Summer needs it too.

Grilled Chicken Margherita |

We have been so busy this past month with all of the warm weather activities we love so much, but on top of all that madness, our kitchen is under construction. Yes, again. You may remember us being in the same boat two years ago, but we moved and it’s a whole new kitchen we’re remodeling this time around. This one is a doozy of a project.

Everything we own is covered in an 1/8th inch of drywall dust, we have no flooring, the upper cabinets just got ripped out, and our oven is in the basement. In the BASEMENT friends. So we are grilling up the wazoo these days.

Grilled Chicken Margherita |

This grilled chicken margherita is perfectly juicy and seasoned, topped with gooey, melty mozzarella cheese, 5-minute pesto (the BEST EVER!) and tomato basil relish.

This is one of the dishes that have saved us lately with our kitchen mess, but even if we weren’t tearing apart the heart of our home, this easy, 30-minute meal would still be starring on our dinner table.

Grilled Chicken Margherita |

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Easy, healthy grilled chicken margherita topped with melted mozzarella cheese, pesto, and tomato basil garnish.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to less than 1 inch thickness
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (OR ½ teaspoon dried oregano + ¼ teaspoon dried basil + ¼ teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup basil pesto (try my easy 5 minute pesto recipe - it's the best!!)
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup packed basil leaves, very thinly sliced
  • cracked black pepper
  1. In a large bowl combine chicken, salt and pepper, olive oil, garlic power, and Italian seasoning. Toss to combine.
  2. Grill chicken over medium-high heat for about 6-8 minutes on each side until cooked through. Top each piece of chicken with a slice of mozzarella cheese and cook another minute or so until melted.
  3. Toss tomatoes, lemon juice, and basil together. Top each chicken breast with about 3 tablespoons pesto, a scoop of tomatoes, and some freshly cracked black pepper. Serve immediately.


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This made my photo “what to cook” list this week! I love the colors of the photo with the pesto jar. We just posted Friday about area rugs and my favorite one is this color green. I could not think of a name to call it…now I do. Pesto!-Laurel

hey girl- this looks so good!

There is something quite devastating abut loosing “access” to your own kitchen, especially if the whole room is under construction. When my landlord suddenly decided he wanted to renovate the kitchen cabinets of his/ my kitchen, I had to live off a portable stove for four days – it was excruciating!

Chicken + Pesto + Mozzarella is a winning combo, can’t wait to try this when tomatoes come in to season here! 👍

Looks great can’t wait to try it and I’m using tin in as.pictured!

Made this tonight for my boyfriend and I. It was absolutely delicious–great melding of flavors. I heated the pesto in the microwave for 30 seconds just so there weren’t too many cold items atop the warm chicken

I made this for dinner last night. It was quick, easy, and so delicious!

I made this tonight with balsamic vinegar in place of the lemon juice and it was SO GOOD! Definitely a meal we’ll be making again!

    I am SO happy to hear you loved it as much as we do! Thanks Sharon!

Hi. Do you have the nutritional information on this recipe specifically protein, fat, and carb? Thanks!

I’ve now made this twice and it’s absolutely delicious!! My husband who is a picky eater and can be quite the critic of new meals I prepare gobbled it all down and remarked just how good it was. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!!

Absolutley amazing! nice balance of flavors and the presentation is fabulous! thank you so much for the recipe