Pesto Buttermilk Chicken Recipe

Tender herbed chicken on a bed of seasoned noodles – classic comfort food for modern summer nights.
  • Ready in: 3 hours
  • Prep time: 2 hours, 48 minutes
  • Chill/Cook time: 12 minutes
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  • Servings: Makes 6 servings OR 4 servings + 2 leftover servings

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  • 1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup 2% milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons OR 1 Dinner Mixer packet Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
  • 1½-1¾ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper

cooking methods

  • Grill


  1. In a gallon freezer bag, combine first 5 ingredients. Add seasoned chicken thighs; seal well. Refrigerate 2 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Prepare grill to medium heat. Remove chicken from marinade. Discard bag with marinade.
  3. Place chicken on grill. Grill, turning once, 10-12 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F on an instant-read food thermometer.
Serve with Creamy Pesto Pasta.

Wine Pairing: Chardonnay.

Make Ahead & Freeze: Prepare step 1. Seal well, label and freeze. Thaw completely. Continue with step 2.

For remix Pesto Chicken & Pasta Soup recipe: Place 2 servings leftover chicken in a storage container. Refrigerate up to 2 days.

Nutrition per Serving:
Calories: 210
Fat: 11g
Sodium: 560mg
Carbs: 2g
Fiber: 0g
Sugar: 2g
Protein: 25g

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious, moist and tender. Baked it for about an hour. Moist and delicious!!
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very flavorful I used chicken breasts and it turned out very moist and delicious. I didn’t try the pasta but grilled mixed fresh veggies on the grill with the rustic herb seasoning for a lighter option which was also delicious. The left over chicken was very good in a salad. This will be made again in our house.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great recipe for chicken thighs! Full of flavor and so easy! I accidentally used gruyere cheese instead of Parmesan and it was delicious!! I will definitely be making this again & again!!
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple and good This was a simple recipe with a good flavor. Would make again.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another reason why I love Dried Tomato Garlic Pest Pesto Buttermilk Chicken & Creamy Pesto Pasta (spaghetti squash) was a hit tonight. Even with the extra teenager who had never eaten spaghetti squash! The chicken was moist and flavorful! Another reason why I love Dried Tomato Garlic Pesto Seasoning! #TSeatwell #MealBoss #DinnerIsDecided
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious, easy & tender! Saw this featured in the August Dinner Mixers and since we had an open jug of buttermilk in the fridge I decided to give it a try! Everyone enjoyed it, even a young, picky friend here for a play date! This will definitely be added into the dinner rotation, especially since this will make a great freezer meal! Next time I plan on trying the featured pasta recipe to accompany the chicken but since we had baked pasta last night I simply roasted some baby red & gold potatoes on the grill with Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto made with the Avocado Oil (also awesome!) and steamed broccoli with the Sea Salt & Peppercorn Seasoning.
Date published: 2017-08-11
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