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Pesto Chicken: A Flavor Explosion!

Pesto chicken is more than just your average baked dish. It’s a flavor fiesta! Imagine tender, juicy chicken smothered in a vibrant green pesto sauce bursting with fresh basil, earthy spinach, fragrant garlic, and the satisfying crunch of walnuts. Every bite is a symphony of textures and tastes, thanks to the creamy Parmesan cheese that ties it all together.

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Pesto Chicken

Pesto Chicken


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  • Author: Mekar Official
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Description

Pesto chicken is more than just your average baked dish. It’s a flavor fiesta! Imagine tender, juicy chicken smothered in a vibrant green pesto sauce bursting with fresh basil, earthy spinach, fragrant garlic, and the satisfying crunch of walnuts.


Ingredients

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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (pounded to 3/4-inch thick)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). Drizzle chicken with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish.
  2. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until cooked through (165°F internal temperature).
  3. While chicken bakes, make pesto: Combine basil, spinach in a bag and bruise with a rolling pin. Add to a food processor.
  4. Toast garlic in a pan until browned, then add to the food processor with walnuts and 1/2 tsp salt. Pulse 5 times.
  5. Slowly drizzle in 1/2 cup olive oil while blending until a smooth pesto forms. Add parmesan cheese, blend again. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Brush cooked chicken with pesto, top with walnuts, tomatoes, and cheese. Serve with extra pesto on the side.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 436kcal
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 486mg
  • Fat: 27g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 43g
  • Cholesterol: 125mg

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