Grilled Chicken with Scallion Pesto

Grilled Chicken with Scallion Pesto


It's BBQ season - and here is a recipe that uses scallions and combines it with pesto-crusted, barbecued chicken.

1 hr
6 Servings


1 cup
Chinese parsley (chopped)
large scallions (chopped)
2 clove
garlic (minced)
3 tsp
fresh ginger root (minced)
1 1/2 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil
4 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
non-stick cooking spray
chicken leg quarters (thigh and drumstick pieces)
fresh ground black pepper
whole scallions (cleaned and roots removed)
Prep Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr


Prepare the scallion pesto by combining all the pesto ingredients (Chinese parsley, 4 large scallions, 1 clove garlic, fresh ginger root, 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, water, shoyu) in a food processor, blending until smooth (hint - mince the garlic clove first, by itself, then add everything else). Set aside 2 tablespoons of the pesto.

Prepare the grill with cooking spray. For the chicken, gently pull the skin up, and put a teaspoon or more of the pesto on the meat itself. Repeat this process for every piece. Place chicken in a large bowl, and toss with the remaining pesto to coat. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes. In a separate pan, toss whole scallions with 1½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper.

Grill chicken on medium-high for 8 to 10 minutes each side until a crust develops and the juices run clear. Move chicken to a cooler side of the BBQ, then grill whole scallions for 4 minutes each side until slightly charred. Serve together.

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Chef Michi Watarai