Barbecued Chicken Polenta

READY IN: 3hrs 5mins
Recipe by Millereg

June 2002 "Ready, Set, Cook" contest entry

Top Review by jbodell72

Uploaded a picture. I broiled and baked my chicken instead of barbecue and used cillantro/spinach mix for my pesto instead of basil. It was OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! This polenta is so good and the chicken was so tender and with so much flavor! This was SO worth the prep. I steamed my asparagus in chicken broth as well and loved the flavor. Worth it!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a food processor fitted with a sharp metal blade, purée the cilantro, garlic, artichoke hearts, salt and 1 cup of the grated Parmesan cheese until smooth.
  2. With the motor running, add the garlic oil in a slow, steady stream.
  3. Pour this mixture into a medium bowl; prick the chicken all over with a fork and then marinate the chicken in the mixture for at least 2 hours.
  4. In a heavy saucepan, mix together the water, milk and polenta; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for about 30 minutes or until it is thick, and then stir in the butter and ½ cup of the Parmesan and season to taste with salt and pepper; keep warm.
  5. Grill the chicken over medium coals, basting with the remaining marinade, until cooked; cut into bite-size pieces and keep warm.
  6. Divide the polenta evenly among 4 large warmed dishes.
  7. Place the chicken on top and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and basil-flavoured oil.
  8. Sprinkle more grated Parmesan and snipped chives on top.

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