Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken and Veggies

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken With Veggies on a Bed of Quinoa

Trying to eat healthy while raising kids can be a difficult task. Our go-to meals have often been recipes that involve a whole lot of carbs. As I am working on transitioning to healthier foods, I have felt lost. Walking around Aldi yesterday, I decided I was just going to make something up and hope for the best. It worked! Winner winner, chicken dinner! Even my picky 15-year-old LOVED this meal! 

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken

At the bottom of this post, you will find a pinable image so you can save this recipe for later. There is also a recipe card for printing purposes! Enjoy!

How to Make the Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken 

First off, I would highly recommend making the chicken and veggies before you even start the grill. This will give them plenty of time to soak up the amazing flavors of the pesto and garlic!

Place chicken in a casserole dish where they can all lay flat. Drizzle the olive oil over it, then add the pesto sauce and minced garlic. Take a spoon and spread it as evenly as possible over all the chicken. Set aside.

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken

Next, wash your peppers. Slice them but leave the seed in the mix for added flavor. Cut the onions up into slices. Wash and chop the broccoli. Throw all veggies in a large bowl and mix.

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken

Now, spoon some of the pesto and garlic on top of the veggies and toss to coat evenly. It is getting yummy!

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken

Place the veggies on four different pieces of foil making sure you seal each packet loosely, but yet, securely.

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken

Give room for the steam to circulate but tight enough on the edges of the foil to make sure the steam (and olive oil) can’t escape. 

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken

Place the chicken and the veggies on the grill at the lowest setting for approximately 30 minutes to keep the chicken tender. Cook the chicken on one side for about 5 minutes (just long enough to turn it good and white. Then flip it to seal in the juices. Try not to flip the chicken often. The juices will leak out a little each time you flip it. I let it cook five mines, flipped it, cooked on the second side for 15 minutes and then back to the original side for another 10 minutes. 

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken

After 30 minutes, check to see if the chicken is fully cooked. Once the chicken is cooked, take chicken and veggies off the grill. 

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken

While the chicken is cooking, make your quinoa. I found a bag at Aldi in the freezer section with kale in it and, boy, was it delicious! I also found a great pesto sauce there as well!

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken

Lay your quinoa on the plate, add the veggies and then the chicken. If you eat dairy, feel free to top with feta cheese. I love mine with feta but you do not have to add the cheese!

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken

Please pin this for future reference!

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken

Now that you know how to make it, let me leave you with one last photo to drool over! As always, feel free to share this recipe!

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken

Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken, Veggies, and Quinoa
Serves 6
If you are looking for a flavorful healthy meal, this Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken recipe is right up your alley!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lbs Chicken Tenderloins
  2. 6 Mini Peppers
  3. 1 Medium Onion
  4. 1 Head of Broccoli
  5. 2 TBSP Pesto Sauce Divided (I used Priano brand from Aldi)
  6. 3 Tsp Minced Garlic Divided
  7. 4 TBSP Olive Oil
  8. Feta Cheese (optional)
  9. 3 cups cooked Quinoa
  10. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Before starting the grill, prep the chicken and vegetables so they have time to marinade.
  2. Prepping Chicken
  3. Place chicken in baking dish without overlapping.
  4. Drizzle 2 TBSP olive oil over chicken.
  5. Add 1.5 tsp minced garlic.
  6. Add 1 TBSP pesto sauce.
  7. Spread olive oil, pesto, and garlic evenly with a spoon.
  8. Prepping Vegetables
  9. Wash and slice peppers into strips (leave seeds).
  10. Cut onion into slices.
  11. Wash and chop a head of broccoli.
  12. Add all vegetables to a large bowl.
  13. Add 1 TBSP pesto sauce.
  14. Drizzle 2 TBSP olive oil.
  15. Add 1.5 tsp minced garlic.
  16. Mix well, coating veggetables.
  17. Separate vegetables in 4 small amounts into aluminum foil. Seal loosely.
  18. Place chicken and veggies on the grill at the lowest setting for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
  19. Make quinoa. I used a bag of frozen quinoa with kale already in it but you can use any kind of quinoa.
  20. Top with feta cheese (optional).
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28 thoughts on “Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken and Veggies

  1. This is my type of meal! I have never made veggie packets on the grill before. I will totally need to try this. I also love the ease of grilled pesto chicken. I think the feta cheese is a must. Great recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This recipe sounds delicious! I am always looking for new ways to cook chicken, thank you so much for sharing this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Garlic Pesto Grilled Chicken and Veggies seems like a really tasty recipe. My husband and I would enjoy this over the summer!

  4. This recipe looks so good and healthy. I’m trying to eat better and this recipe would sure help that.

  5. OMG, drooling on my keyboard. LOL! That is totally delicious looking. The final addition of the feta gives it that certain something I never would have thought of. Chicken and pesto go together like….well, chicken and pesto! Pinned and planned, and HUNGRY! Gracias!

  6. This sounds yummy. I love all the veggies. This is a must have for my family. Thank you so much for sharing

  7. OMG I love this recipe and it has all of my favorite ingredients in it, it looks very easy to make and very easy to eat, lol

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