Barbecued Chicken Polenta

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“June 2002 "Ready, Set, Cook" contest entry”
3hrs 5mins

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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