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Basil Pesto Chicken

Basil Pesto Chicken

For a tasteful reminder, or a simple scent of summer herbs, you are going to need a handful of basil leaves, you love them right? We do too. Homemade pesto can be made in larger batches when basil is in season and frozen into small cubes, ready for thawing at a moment’s notice. It tastes delicious with roasted meat or vegetables, so if you are a cook who plans ahead, it is a good thing to keep in stock.

However, you can make basil pesto fresh too, and cook with it just as the need occurs. This recipe for pesto chicken is so simple, it almost cooks itself! All you need to do is pulse all ingredients together in a food processor, minus the chicken of course, and there it is, ready for slathering on the meat in the baking sheet. Why consume basil though? Besides the wonderful fragrant aroma, basil is rich in flavonoids and volatile oils with antibacterial properties, as well as being abundant in many vitamins and minerals. It has been touted as a superfood, and it’s meaning comes from the Greek word of royal, but perhaps it is super because you simply feel refreshed after eating it.

May we offer a serving suggestion? Lay the baked chicken breasts over a bed of zucchini or sweet potato zoodles, add a few fresh or roasted tomatoes, or some pickled radish and you will have created a meal that you have never eaten before.

Basil Pesto Chicken Recipe

Serves: 4Prep: 20 minCook: 30 min

Protein: 39g / %

Carbs: 2g / %

Fat: 39g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.

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  • 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chicken Preparation


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Put the basil, garlic, pepper flakes, and pine nuts in a food processor, and pulse until everything is well chopped.
  3. Add the olive oil, pulse again until smooth, and season to taste.
  4. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish, and cover with a good layer of basil pesto.
  5. Bake in the oven 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.