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Grilled Chicken Margherita

Are you ready for a fresh take on boring grilled chicken breasts? This grilled chicken margherita brings all the flavor to the table with juicy chicken, bright pesto sauce, melted mozzarella, and heaping spoonfuls of balsamic marinated tomatoes.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Grilled Chicken Margherita
Servings: 4 people
Author: Susie Bulloch


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon Hey Grill Hey Chicken Rub recipe in notes section
  • ½ cup pesto
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese

Marinated Tomatoes

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil chiffonaded
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat. Turn on your grill and allow it to fully preheat to 350 degrees F.
  • Make the marinated tomatoes. Combine the halved tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Season. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with the Chicken Rub.
  • Grill the chicken. Place the seasoned chicken breasts on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook them for 15 minutes. Flip the chicken, close the lid, and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reads 155 degrees F.
  • Add the cheese and pesto. Spoon 2 Tablespoons of pesto sauce over each chicken breast and top with slices of fresh mozzarella cheese. Close the lid and cook the chicken for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the temperature of the thickest part of the chicken breast reads 160 degrees F.
  • Rest and serve. Remove the grilled chicken margherita to a serving platter and allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Top the cooked and rested chicken breasts with the fresh marinated tomatoes and serve.


Chicken Rub


Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 1954mg | Potassium: 746mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1703IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 373mg | Iron: 2mg