Grilled Chicken Parma

Grillgrates with finished grilled chicken parma ready to serve.
This recipe is for brand affiliate Grillgrates

This super flavorful grilled chicken parma embodies Italian flavor with a pesto marinade. The dish is completed with a marinara sauce and mozzarella topping.

The grilled chicken parma (parmigiana) is perfect for a backyard barbecue or a simple dinner while camping. Getting the chicken almost completely cooked before adding the heated sauce and mozzarella cheese creates the best results.

The chicken can be served with vegetables or a salad. If outdoors it can also be served in a roll as a sandwich for easy eating and minimal mess.

The cheese combination is one melting cheese (mozzarella) and one flavorful cheese (Parmesan). Knowing this you can substitute to cheese you have on hand or to your personal tastes. Melting cheeses such as Brie or Camembert, and flavorful cheeses such as white sharp cheddar or smoked Gouda.

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Seasoned chicken breasts are cooking on the grill.
The chicken breasts are tossed in a pesto and Italian herb mixture before being grilled.
A white camp plate with grilled chicken parma and a side of sweet potato and beetroot.
Serve the grilled chicken parma with a side of vegetables, salad, or if looking for less dishes try serving it in a fresh bread roll.
Grillgrates with the pesto marinated chicken breasts having just been added to the grill.
After removing the chicken from the pesto-based marinade it is cooked on the preheated grill.
Grillgrates with grilled chicken that has recently been topped with pasta sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan.
When the chicken is almost cooked, add the marinara sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese to complete the dish.
A white bowl full of raw chicken breast being marinated in a marinade.
The chicken being marinated in the pesto-based marinade.
Grillgrates with finished grilled chicken parma ready to serve.
The closed lid on the grill allows the cheeses on top of the grilled chicken to melt.

Grilled Chicken Parma Recipe

This recipe is for brand affiliate Grillgrates.
Grillgrates with finished grilled chicken parma ready to serve.
This super flavorsome Grilled Chicken Parma embodies Italian flavor with a pesto marinade and then a marinara and mozzarella topping.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Ready in 35 minutes
Servings 8 Servings



  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian herb blend
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon basil pesto
  • 5 chicken breasts


  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 10 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese




  • Preheat a grill to medium-high heat or about 600 degrees F (315 degrees C) at the GrillGrate surface.
  • In a large bowl combine the garlic, Italian herbs, olive oil, and pesto.
  • Slice each chicken breast in half to create two even chicken cutlets/steaks.
  • Add the chicken to the pesto seasoning blend and toss through to create an even coating of the seasoning.
  • Arrange the chicken evenly on the hot GrillGrates avoiding crowding. Close the lid of the grill and allow to cook for 7 to 8 minutes.


  • Heat the marinara pasta sauce.
  • Open the grill then turn the chicken breast. Immediately add the heated marinara sauce, then top with the mozzarella slices and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Close the BBQ lid and reduce the heat to medium-low or about 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) at the GrillGrate surface.
  • The chicken is ready when the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees F (71 degrees C) and the cheeses melted. If overcooked the cheese can melt too much and slide off the chicken, being lost forever.
  • Once the cheese is melted serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 408kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 43gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 913mgPotassium: 768mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 704IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 321mgIron: 2mg

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Brad Barrett, of Cartersville, Georgia, started GrillGrate in 2007. Frustrated with the problems of common grates, such as burnt, under or cooked meats, Brad designed a new grate. The raised rail design over a bottom with holes lets you grill with better control and healthier results.

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