Basil Butter Grilled Chicken Breasts

June 18, 2011

This week we bring you what has become my favorite combination for grilling lately, butter + basil.  This one is really easy and quick.  I have a TON of basil growing in my yard these days and it is a difficult herb for grilling because it burns so easily.  Rosemary is no problem, it holds up to the heat.  Basil though needs some sort of barrier from the flame and butter seems to be the perfect basil protector.  Butter makes everything better, right?  You bet!  Let's take a look at this really easy and yummy grilled butter basil chicken.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 Chicken Breasts


4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 stick of unsalted butter, melted

1/4 - 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

Kosher salt

Ground black pepper


1Preheat the grill to high.

2Rub the chicken breasts with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.

3Combine the melted butter with the basil and then brush it on both sides of the chicken breasts.  Make sure you leave some so we can baste the breasts later.

4Place the chicken breasts on the grill and grill for about 4 - 5 minutes on the first side.

5Flip the chicken breasts over and baste with the remaining butter and basil mixture and close the lid.

6Grill the chicken breasts for 5 more minutes or until done (every grill is different!).

Seriously, it doesn't get any easier to make delicious grilled chicken.  If you haven't done so already, plant some basil out back this Summer.  It's easy to grow and a great herb to keep on hand.  You can thank me later...


3 Reviews


September 8, 2017

Easy and simple.
Do not cook for ten minutes per side on high! Breasts that are bigger need more attention. Cook until the juices run clear and test with a meat thermometer.


March 20, 2016

Cook for 10 minutes per side unless you’re into undercooked chicken.


November 24, 2015

Simple and delicious

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