Honestly, this did not turn out great but I am posting it for the basic idea and vision and as some pointers for myself and the readers. The idea was to grill chicken thighs with a thick walnut pesto paste that was almost like a jerk sauce. The first step was the sauce and I started that by prepping some garlic to be roasted in foil.
Into the over for about 15-20 minutes.
While the garlic was roasting, I harvested some fresh basil from the garden.
Now it was time to combine all of the ingredients and blend them into the paste.
Once the paste was prepared, I was ready to apply it to the chicken. I got bone in thighs and took the skin off of about 2/3 of them and left it on the rest.
Then onto the grilling and this is where things started to go astray. A combination of the oil in the sauce, the fat of the thighs, and the skin of some of the thighs led to the grill seriously flaming up. I had to turn the gas off and move the chicken to the other side for a bit until the flames died down. A dirty grill also contributed to the problem. I was able to save most of the thighs, but some did get pretty scorched. They were still edible, but some were a bit too blackened for my usual liking. So I would suggest to use this recipe and bake the thighs instead. I don’t think it was a flawed recipe, but a flawed method.
We dressed them up with some fresh chopped tomatoes and basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. The meal was fine, but not one of our finest. As mentioned, I think that it would have been better prepared if it were baked and suggest trying that way instead of the grill.