It’s heating up out there and that means it’s the perfect time to fire up the grill and make an easy, delicious and nutritious dinner. We’ve created a recipe that does all of that and tastes fantastic. The delicious nutty flavour of the almond pesto combined with the juicy crispness of a grilled whole chicken will make this recipe one you will make again and again. Simple ingredients that are big on taste.
This BBQ Chicken can be made as a spatchcock chicken with almond pesto under the skin or as a condiment to easy grilled chicken pieces. I made this recipe for a dinner with great friends and my boys. I was so excited to spend time chatting with my friends that I didn’t watch the BBQ. Big mistake! The juicy chicken and oil from the pesto can cause flare ups so please keep an eye on the chicken! Unsure how to spatchcock a chicken? Check out this video from Chicken Farmers of Canada.
2 cups curly parsley
1 cup cilantro
1 cup olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
3/4 tsp salt
Place all ingredients in a food processor and chop/blend until a smooth consistency. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
Directions for Grilled Chicken with Almond Pesto
- Clean and wash a whole chicken.
- With kitchen shears cut out the backbone and flatten chicken
- Lift skin gently and spread almond pesto under the skin with your hands
- Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and preheat BBQ to medium temperature
- Place flattened chicken on the top rack with baking sheet underneath to catch drippings (put a bit of water on the pan to avoid burning)
- BBQ chicken breast side down on medium heat for 15 minutes, then flip and cook for another 15 minutes.
- Flip the chicken again and cook 15 minutes or until internal temperature is 165 F.
Growing up in farm country and living amongst so many hard working farmers, eating local, buying fresh produce and meat has always been important to me. It’s the reason I scan through the grocery store to ensure I am buying Canadian products and why I love my local farmers market. I love how easy it is to look for the “Raised by a Canadian Farmer” sticker on Foodland and Sobey’s chicken. In one glance I know it has been raised by a Canadian Chicken Farmer.
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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
That looks fantastic! I love cooking chicken with a rub, and that pesto side looks so yummy.
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Putting the pesto under the skin was a great idea. When you just season the skin, none of the flavor makes it to the meat.
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Liz Mays says
Oh my gosh this looks so good. I’ve never made chicken like this before!
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This is such a great recipe idea, I have never had almond pesto? Sounds good. Thanks for a meal idea for dinner one evening!
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Ora Lee Gurr says
What a delicious-sounding pesto recipe. I am all in favor of the delicious almonds and the staying power of the sauce – up to 5 days! I can’t wait to try it out.
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Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel says
Yes, the staying power is excellent!
That looks really tasty. I love finding new chicken recipes.
This looks both delicious & healthy! I’ve never tried pesto before.
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Oh how I love pesto. This would be amazing no doubt. I will have to give this a try. I can’t get my kiddos to love pesto as much as me though so maybe for a date night meal!
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Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert says
I love a good pesto sauce! It can go with almost any meat!
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We eat quite a bit of chicken here and LOVE pesto pasta… so I bet we would love this idea. Thanks for the suggestion, always nice to try something new!
Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel says
I’m sure you will enjoy this dish – so light and full of flavour!
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That looks like the perfect recipe to add to my meals. I am working on losing weight and this recipe will be a nice addition.
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Pesto is a fave. I just had it for the first time about a year ago and I was instantly hooked.
Wow, your chicken looks amazing and moist! I haven’t tried almond and pesto together
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Ann Bacciaglia says
This looks so delicious. I love finding new recipes for chicken. I am going to try this one this weekend.
Toni | BoulderLocavore says
Wow this looks great. I’ve never used almonds to make pesto and I bet the flavors are perfect with this gorgeous chicken! Bookmarking.
Ashley - Embracing Homemaking says
Ooh, almond pesto? That sounds like it would be delicious together. Thank you for the recipe!
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Natalie Z says
Fresh foods are my favorite! I am going to have to use some herbs from the garden to try this out!
Amber C. says
That looks SO yummy!!! I am always looking for new chicken recipes!
Debbie Denny says
Just the look of that tastes delis. Beautiful meal.
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