Flame-Grilled Chicken with Butter Pasta and Fresh Vegetables: A Taste of Italy

Oct 23, 2023 | Main Courses


Prep Time

Cooking Time

35 minutes
20 minutes


For the Flame-Grilled Chicken:
– 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– 4 cloves of garlic, minced
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– Juice of 1 lemon
– 1 teaspoon dried oregano
– Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the Butter Pasta:
– 8 ounces spaghetti or your favorite pasta
– 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
– Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

For the Fresh Vegetables:
– 2 cups mixed fresh vegetables (e.g., zucchini, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes)
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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1. Prepare the Flame-Grilled Chicken:
– In a bowl, combine the minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, dried oregano, salt, and pepper to create a marinade.
– Place the chicken breasts in a resealable bag and pour the marinade over them. Seal the bag and gently massage the marinade into the chicken. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, but if time allows, marinate overnight for the flavors to deepen.

2. Prepare the Butter Pasta:
– Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
– In the meantime, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
– Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss to coat evenly with the garlic butter. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.

3. Prepare the Fresh Vegetables:
– Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
– In a bowl, toss the mixed fresh vegetables with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
– Grill the vegetables for about 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally until they are slightly charred and tender. Remove from the grill and set aside.

Grilling Chicken

4. Grill the Chicken:
– Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
– Remove the marinated chicken from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature for about 10 minutes.
– Grill the chicken for approximately 6-8 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C). This timing may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts. Remember to close the grill lid to ensure even cooking.

5. Assemble and Serve:
– Slice the flame-grilled chicken breasts into thin strips.
– Divide the butter pasta among plates and top with the flame-grilled chicken slices.
– Arrange the grilled fresh vegetables alongside the pasta.
– Finish with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese and an extra garnish of fresh parsley.

– For a burst of flavor, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice over the assembled dish.
– Feel free to experiment with different vegetables, such as eggplant or asparagus, depending on what’s in season.
– To make the dish more vibrant, consider incorporating a zesty homemade tomato sauce or a touch of chili flakes to the butter pasta.
– Don’t forget to preheat the grill thoroughly to achieve those beautiful grill marks and a smoky flavor.

Fresh Vegetables

Through this recipe, I hope to recreate the magic of that long-ago evening in Florence, where the sweet memories and enduring flavors have remained etched in my heart. As the flames embrace the chicken on your grill, allow the scents to waft through the air and transport you to Italy. Let this flame-grilled chicken with butter pasta and fresh vegetables be a testament to the power of great food and unforgettable journeys. Buon Appetito!

Finished Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 portion of Flame-Grilled Chicken, Butter Pasta, and Fresh Vegetables

Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 388
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
  Saturated Fat 8g 40%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 265mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 15%
  Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  Sugars 1g  
Protein 20g  
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 4% Iron 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
  Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
  Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
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