Grilled chicken with strawberry basil sauce

This grilled chicken with strawberry basil sauce is a delicious and seasonal way to switch up your chicken dinner.

I’m in a funk right now. Mainly because I’m really (like really, really) over Sunday night goodbyes after 23 weeks of them. Especially when today is your husband’s birthday and you know you won’t even be able to speak to him to wish him a happy one. Lame.

So let’s talk about chicken instead.

Grilled chicken with strawberry basil sauce

I went back to the farm where I got the flank steak from last weekend on Saturday to grab some more beef for the week. Except this time they had chickens too. They were all bagged up and only $10 each so without hesitating, I asked for one of them in addition to my steak, paid, grabbed the bag to leave and walked out. I got to the car, opened the passenger door to put it down and that’s when I saw it.

A chicken face staring straight at me.

Strawberry basil chicken

I might’ve jumped back in horror, I might’ve gasped, I’m honestly not sure, but inside I was freaking out.

I stood there for a few seconds wondering if I should go back inside and ask them if they could behead the thing for me or just suck it up and bring it home. I decided I needed to save face since I plan on frequenting this place weekly and just bring the thing home.

So I got in the car and did what anyone else in this situation would do.

I texted my mom.

“I just bought a chicken with it’s head still on. Pleeeeaaasse come chop it off. I can’t do it.”

I’m also pretty sure the guts of this chicken are most likely intact inside of it as well. I mean if the head is still on, what are the chances they ripped all those internal organs out? I’m guessing slim to none.

So right now this chicken (which I feel compelled to name since it’s got a head and all) is sitting in my fridge tied up in plastic bag because I really can’t handle dead chicken eyes staring at me every time I open the door.

One of two things are going to happen this week. It’s either going in the freezer head and all or, mom and dad are coming over for a weekday decapitation/dinner party.

Strawberry chicken

This is not that chicken. This is a package of chicken breasts from a chicken I thankfully never had to meet face to face all dressed up for spring with a strawberry, basil, mint and orange juice sauce. The sauce is beyond delicious and you could put it on so many different things like pancakes, beef, white fish, oatmeal even. Just stay away from things with heads still attached. It…changes things a bit.

Grilled Chicken with Strawberry Basil Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Strawberry Basil Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

This grilled chicken with strawberry basil sauce is a delicious and seasonal way to switch up your chicken dinner.


  • 1 1/2 pound chicken breasts
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (fresh)


  1. Season chicken with salt & pepper and cook on grill or grill pan for about 5 minutes per side until done. Timing will vary depending on thickness of breasts. Cook until juices run clear and no longer pink. (If using a grill pan on the stove, grease with about 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil before placing chicken on it).
  2. While chicken cooks, melt coconut oil in a small skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add strawberries, basil, mint and orange juice and simmer for about 10 minutes until reduced and thickened.
  4. Spoon strawberry sauce over cooked chicken and garnish with additional basil & mint.


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    1. Gina Matsoukas Post author

      Haha, I don’t know why but I almost just spit out my coffee when I read “chicken breast board”…for some reason I find that particularly funny. Ah, Pinterest… ;)

  1. Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    Ha oh man, getting my meats from a farm, this has actually been my worst nightmare. I haven’t had to do it yet, but I just don’t know that I could. In reading tons of books about the food industry and factory farming, etc – in one particular book an author argued that if you cannot kill and butcher your own animals, you have no business eating them, since that is all part of it. I read that page and instantly considered becoming a full time vegan. No joke. I haven’t totally taken the author’s advice but I can also see his point. At any rate, I would totally call my mom too. ;)
    BTW I love the idea of strawberries and chicken. I kinda always forget about how food fruit with savory can be.

    1. Gina Matsoukas Post author

      Yeah, my mother said more or less the same thing…”maybe you should be a vegetarian then” but I see it as more of a gross out factor than a remorse one. I have no problem with animals being killed (outside of factory farming methods) for consumption, I just don’t want to be the one to do it! haha There are farmers/butchers in this world for that, not me. :)

  2. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    I don’t eat chicken but if I did, I would have been totally freaked out too! Why was the farmer too lazy to chop the head off? Geez. This sauce sounds amazing, I love the sound of strawberries and basil together. I would totally put this on a headless faux chicken cutlet! :)

  3. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

    I would completely freak out over the whole chicken. I can barely deal with cutting raw meat up let alone actually cleaning the thing of guts/heads and what not.

    Chicken parts aside, this chicken dish looks SO good. I adore berries and basil…. my favorite summer/spring combo.

  4. Melissa

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and have made several of your amazing recipes. I made this strawberry chicken tonight, and it was so good that I had to come out of my “silent reader” closet and let you know how delicious it was! It was super easy, too! I really don’t enjoy cooking, and luckily my husband usually does most of it. But when I do have to take on dinner every now and then I always find myself coming back to your blog. Your recipes are always so easy to follow and tasty! Anyway, I’ll stop gushing about how awesome this blog is now, but back to my original point–this recipe was great! I even sautéed some kale in a bit of the strawberry sauce, too. Thanks for doing what you do!

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  8. The Delicious Dish

    This strawberry chicken was a hit with a variety of palates — Adults, opinionated teens and the elementary school crowd. It’s fresh, sophisticated and interesting. My clients, friends and family loved it. Worth repeating and repeating!

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  14. Madelyn

    I have to say, I laughed reading this post… I am wondering (4 years later) if that chicken is still in the bag in the fridge. I came here by way of pinterest (of course) looking at your gin drink recipe… this recipe looks good. :)

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Haha, proudly it is not in my freezer! I ended up taking it to my mom & dad’s house that week where she decapitated it and we had roasted chicken for dinner :)

  15. Pep's Free From Kitchen

    This is a wonderfully fresh sauce, a great way to use the fresh basil and strawberries from my garden. I used all basil as I’m not partial to mint and topped it with Thai and Dark Opal basil. It was delicious, the subtle sweetness of the strawberries was paired perfectly with the basil. Thank you so much for the recipe. I hope it’s okay if I post my take on this on my blog and will link back to the original. Thanks again.


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