Basil Grilled Chicken

Tonight we made another recipe John picked out from Paula Deen's The Lady & Sons, Too!: A Whole New Batch of Recipes from Savannah.

Basil Grilled Chicken

Serves 4

3/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
4 skinned chicken breast halves
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp minced fresh basil
1/2 cup (5 tbsp) butter, melted
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temp
1 tbsp grated Parmesan
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Fresh basil sprigs (optional)

Prepare the 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 & 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 8-10 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 sprigs if desired.

Kim's Notes: First of all, this was good as SHIT! I'm sure it's because of the 100 sticks of butter, but whatever. We cut the recipe in half & cut the butter down even more than that. I made corn on the cob & spinach to go with it (& to make me feel better about all the butter). This was so good! It's definitely going into the rotation.

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