Today, as I was contemplating what to make for dinner tonight, I remembered that it was the night of our meal exchange. That meant that someone else was cookin'! Whoohoooo!! That "someone else" was my friend, Debbie.
She emailed* a note that said she'd made Pesto Chicken Grill Packets. Well, the name alone just made my mouth water. Pesto. Chicken. Grill. The packet part was intriguing. I didn't really look at the recipe....just the directions, which were 25 minutes on the grill (in the packet) on medium heat.
When the timer went off I went and unwrapped my packet for the first time. It really was like opening a present!! This is what I found inside:
Katie & her friend had already eaten, and there was some pasta leftover. So I scooped out the food from the packet and placed it on a nest of pasta. YUM!
So here is the recipe for you to try, if you like:
Pesto Chicken Grill Packets
from Everyday with Rachael Ray
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 2-1/4 pounds)
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup pesto
- 2 zucchini, thinly sliced
- 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 8 scallions, trimmed
Serve with rice. (I think I'd prefer pasta.)
Preheat a grill to medium. Cut four 12-inch-long sheets of heavy-duty foil. Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil into the center of each sheet.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Lay 1 piece of chicken in the center of each sheet and spread 1 tablespoon pesto on top.
Mound one-quarter of the zucchini, tomatoes and scallions over each chicken breast. Dollop 3 tablespoons pesto over each mound. Fold the foil over the chicken and vegetables; pinch the edges to seal.
Cover and grill the packets over indirect heat for 25 minutes. Remove from the grill and open carefully.
*(OK...she didn't really send me an email. It was a Facebook message. We are old, but modern!)