Grilled Chicken with Sage Pesto & Baked Apples


Grilled Chicken Breasts with Sage Pesto  |  Baked Apples

We first made this dish a couple of months ago &  we have been craving it ever since.  Normally, I am not a fan of chicken breasts {preferring the thigh} but pounding the breast, brushing it in olive oil, salt & pepper and then grilling…well, what can I say…perfectly moist, tender white meat.  Accompanied with a savory pesto & heirloom apples makes for a wonderful meal!

Make the pesto first…

 Then the apples…{try and find heirloom varieties…these are Black Arkansas apples}

Baked Apples

  • 5 heirloom apples for baking {we used  Black Arkansas apples}
  • 6 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  1. Peel apples halfway down from stem end.  Core apples without cutting through to the bottom.  Place in a microwave dish.
  2. Mix ginger and butter in a small bowl.  Spoon ginger mixture into & over each apple. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  3. Cover dish loosely with plastic wrap.  Microwave on high, about 8 minutes, or until apples are tender.  Spoon juices over hot apples and serve with a wedge of lemon.

For the chicken…

Pound each chicken breast, brush with olive oil, salt & pepper and grill.  

The final dinner plate…

As I finish typing this post the rain has begun to fall…tomorrow will be very wet.  I am so happy that we were able to light a charcoal fire tonight and grill the chicken.  The smell of the fire brought us back, temporarily, to summer.  The chicken could easily be cooked in a skillet but it is best on the grill.

On a final note…

I post the following quote to a very special friend who is taking on the challenge of changing her life’s work after almost three decades…she is doubtful, but I am not {I know she will succeed}…

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