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A sheet pan with a grilled pesto spatchcocked chicken, charred broccolini, grilled peppers & onions and fried pierogi with onions.

Cashew Pesto Grilled Chicken

Spatchcocked, then grilled. Coated with a layer of the pesto about 15 minutes before removing the chicken from the grill. Served with charred broccolini, grilled peppers & onions and fried pierogi with onions.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 whole chicken spatchcocked
  • Salt and pepper
  • Paprika

Cashew Pesto

  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup olive oil plus more as needed


  • Spatchcock the chicken and season with salt, pepper and paprika.
  • Place the chicken on the grill and cook with the lid closed. (If your grill is prone to flair-ups, turn off a burner and create an indirect cooking zone to avoid charring the chicken.)
  • Cook for 45-50 minutes (at approximately 425°F)… first 35 minutes with the skin up and then 10-15 minutes skin down. Turn (not flip) the chicken every 10 minutes, so that it cooks evenly.
  • While the chicken cooks, make the Cashew Pesto. Add all ingredients except the olive oil to a food processor and chop well. Add the oil and blend to combine. Taste, season with salt or lemon juice if required. Add more olive oil until preferred consistency.
  • When the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160°F (about 50 minutes), flip the chicken skin side up and brush liberally with pesto.
  • Cook for another 10 minutes. Remove to a cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with more pesto for dipping.
  • And while you are out there, grill some veggies, lemons and potatoes or pierogi!


Keyword cashew pesto, Pesto, Spatchcock chicken
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