Friday, July 23, 2021

Pesto Chicken from @MaddieDayAuthor #giveaway

 MADDIE here, with a quick and easy summer dinner recipe. I've been making al pesto sauce from my great-uncle Jimmy Henderson's recipe since I was in college, and I shared that recipe here last summer. What better thing to whip up when the basil and garlic are both ready in the garden or at your local farm stand?

I just made a fresh batch of pesto and decided to marinate some chicken thighs before grilling. They came out so good, I wanted to let you know how I did it.

Pesto Chicken

Alert readers will note I forgot to include the lemon, salt, and pepper in the photo!


2 pounds boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat

2 tablespoons pesto

1 tablespoon lemon juice

¼ cup olive oil

2 tablespoons sherry

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper


Combine ingredients.

Marinate thighs for at least four hours covered in the refrigerator, turning hourly. 

Grill on both sides, basting with excess marinade. Serve with corn or potato salad and a green salad. You can also make kebabs using the same marinade. Enjoy!

Readers: What's your favorite way to grill - or eat - chicken in the summer? I'll send one commenter an ARC of Murder at the Lobstah Shack!

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Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.


  1. I think my favorite way is grilled on top of a greek salad. Yummy! So refreshing in the hot summer months. Congratulations on the 2 books coming out! I do love pesto. Thank you for the recipe. =)

  2. In the summer I love to cook my chicken on the grill to help keep the kitchen and house cool. I enjoy cooking my chicken in various ways such as with a marinade, on skewers with assorted veggies and even a beer can type of chicken. Thanks for the idea of using pesto to grill with.

  3. I like my chicken grilled and covered in barbeque sauce. Corn on the cob with it is good too. Thank you for this chance. pgenest57 at aol dot com

  4. Yay! Now I know what we're having for dinner tonight!

  5. I like chicken salad, a simple, cool meal on a hot day and don't have to heat up the house to make it.

  6. Oh, that Pesto Chicken looks so yummy! I'll definitely be giving that recipe a try.

    In the summer time hubby does a lot of grilling and smoking of meats to take some of the heat out of the kitchen while I fix the sides. One of my favorites is smoked chicken. (Posted a photo on Facebook) I was just thinking how delicious it would be too cook it that way with the pesto sauce. I'm also a big fan of BBQ chicken. Face it I love chicken just about any way as long as it doesn't cluck.

    Thank you for the wonderful chance to win an ARC of Murder at the Lobstah Shack"! Love your books and it's most definitely on my TBR list. Shared and hoping to be the fortunate one selected.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  7. I like to marinate bonelwss chicken breasts in lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt pepper and chopped basil.
    Thank you

  8. We like my brother-in-law's grilled teriyaki chicken.

  9. I like to grill it and put it on my salads.
    Happy Summer!

  10. I like it baked. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

  11. I like it with bbq sauce and corn on the side
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

    1. You are our lucky winner, Sandy! Congratulations, and please check your email.

  12. Rotisserie Chicken is our favorite. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  13. Pesto is not usually one of our favorites but I must admit I never thought of putting it on chicken to grill, so think I'll give it a try. My husband is the grill master and he usually adds a dry rub - surprises us with which flavor but always has a bit of heat - and we are happy diners! Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. I like to marinate my chicken usually with a good Italian dressing before putting it on the grill. The pesto marinade looks good also.

  15. stir fry with fresh vegetables from the farmers market
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  16. Barbequing chicken on the grill is my favorite way for chicken in the summer!

  17. I used to grill stuffed chicken breasts. they take some time on the grill but so delicious.

  18. We would alternate between barbecuing chicken quarters (pre-marinated) and grilling half chicken pollo asado style (pre-marinated) for our summer fun.

  19. I like it in chicken salad or if grilled with BBQ sauce served with a side of potato salad. cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. Pesto really is magic.

  21. It's usually marinated then grilled for fajitas, or on skewers or barbecued. I love chicken any way, but especially on or in all kinds of salads in summer. Since I've had the Instant Pot for a few years now I learned it doesn't heat up the kitchen, so we have it various ways once or more a week. lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  22. I like chicken salad. lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. Sandy Giden is our lucky winner! Congratulations, Sandy and please check your email.