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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Chicken with Pistachio Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes

 

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for chicken recipes lately. I don’t eat chicken all that often but when I do, this is one of my favorite recipes. It is so, so yummy! It’s the perfect recipe to make when you’re entertaining as it’s easy to make but tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen…my kind of recipe!! My boyfriend LOVES this recipe so be sure to try it the next time you’re cooking for that special someone ;)

 

 

You’ll need:

  • chicken breasts (I always use free range chicken like this and here’s why) – This recipe makes enough for up to 4
  • your favorite Italian dressing as a marinade
  • 2 cups packed basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • sun dried tomatoes packed in oil (my fav is Mezetta, you can find them at most grocery stores)

 

 

 

 

For the Pistachio Pesto:

Place the basil leaves, pistachios, olive oil, and tsp sea salt in a food processor and blend until well combined.

 

 

For the Chicken:

First marinade the chicken in your favorite Italian dressing (I used Garlic Expressions, available at most grocery stores) for 2-24hrs.  I typically put the chix breast in a glass dish, cover with dressing and a pinch of sea salt and leave in the fridge to marinade overnight.

Cook the marinated chicken in a skillet over med-high heat with the marinade. To keep the chicken moist, I included the leftover marinade and add about 1/4 cup of water in the skillet, covered it with a lid, and let cook for about 5-6 mins. Next take the cover off and let cook for another few minuets until the liquid evaporates. Once the liquid has evaporated, you can brown the chicken for about 45 sec – 1 min on each side.

Top with a layer of pesto and sun dried tomatoes. Viola, you’ve a tasty meal that’s absolutely PACKED with flavor and healthy to boot!! Try it and let me know what you think!!

 

 

Healthy Grilled Chicken with Pistachio Pesto & Sundried Tomatoes
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Ingredients
  • chicken breasts (I always use organic, free range chicken) - This recipe makes enough for up to 4
  • your favorite Italian dressing as a marinade
  • 2 cups packed basil leaves
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • sun dried tomatoes packed in oil (my fav is Mezetta, you can find them at most grocery stores)
Instructions
  1. For the Pistachio Pesto:
  2. Place the basil leaves, pistachios, olive oil, and tsp sea salt in a food processor and blend until well combined.
  3. For the Chicken:
  4. First marinade the chicken in your favorite Italian dressing (I used Garlic Expressions, available at most grocery stores) for 2-24hrs. I typically put the chix breast in a glass dish, cover with dressing and a pinch of sea salt and leave in the fridge to marinade overnight.
  5. Cook the marinated chicken in a skillet over med-high heat with the marinade. To keep the chicken moist, I included the leftover marinade and add about ¼ cup of water in the skillet, covered it with a lid, and let cook for about 5-6 mins. Next take the cover off and let cook for another few minuets until the liquid evaporates. Once the liquid has evaporated, you can brown the chicken for about 45 sec - 1 min on each side.
  6. Top with a layer of pesto and sun dried tomatoes. Viola, you've a tasty meal that's absolutely PACKED with flavor and healthy to boot!! Try it and let me know what you think!!

 

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5 Responses to “Healthy, Fast Chicken Recipes”

  1. Faith September 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    What a delicious healthy recipe. My kind of meal :)

  2. Sali September 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    This chicken dish turned out really well for my dinner date. We both loved it!

  3. Alyss February 17, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Made this last night for a dinner party with my girl friends and it was a hit!!!

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      Awesome!! It’s one of my favorites!

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