Pesto Chicken

pesto chicken

Why is pesto so yummy? The pesto comes from the northern Italian region of Liguria, a jagged arch in the sea that some call home to the country’s fragrant herbs. And it’s these herbs, especially basil, that make pesto such a vibrant summer treat. Recipes often vary, but the basic ingredients always include the basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and Italian cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino Romano.

Servings: 3


  • 1/3 White Onion (chopped)
  • 12 ozs Boneless Chicken Breast
  • 3/4 cup Vegetable Broth
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)
  • 3/4 cup Basil Leaves (packed)
  • 1 1/2 cups Baby Spinach
  • 1/3 cup Walnuts
  • 2 1/4 tbsps tamari
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 Garlic (clove)
  • 3/4 Lemon (juiced)

2 1/4 tsps Tamari


  1. Place diced onion in a skillet cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes in both sizes.
  3. Pour the broth.
  4. Cook for about 20 minutes or till the breasts are well done.
  5. Combine basil, spinach, walnuts, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and tamari in a food processor. Pulse well until smooth.
  6. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge until the chicken is ready.
  7. Remove chicken from the skillet and shred with two forks.
  8. Mix in the pesto and toss well.

Pesto Chicken

Cocina ketogenic Diet
Tiempo de preparación 10 minutos
Tiempo de cocción 20 minutos
Raciones 3
Calorías 345 kcal
Autor Katey Lyon


  • 1/3 onion chopped
  • 12 oz bonless chicken breast
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 basil leaves
  • 11/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup waltnuts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 clove garlic
  • 3/4 lemon juice
  • 21/4 tsps tamari
  • salt and pepper to taste

Elaboración paso a paso

  1. 1.   Place diced onion in the slow cooker andplace chicken breasts on top. Pour the broth in then season generously with seasalt and black pepper. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8.

    2.   Prepare your pesto. Combine basil, spinach,walnuts, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and tamari in a food processor. Pulsewell until smooth. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge until chicken isready.

    3.   Remove chicken from slow cooker and shredwith two forks. Mix in the pesto and toss well. Add in a few spoonfuls of thebroth from the slow cooker for extra flavour and moisture.

    4.    Serveover brown rice noodles, a bed of greens, with spaghetti squash, brown rice,quinoa, on a brown rice tortilla or in a lettuce wrap.

Macros: Fat 23g.Carbs 6g. Protein 30g

Is pesto good or bad for you? Like all good things in life, pesto is healthy in moderation. Although pesto is high in fat and calories, it also contains many nutrients.

Rich in vitamins, minerals and monounsaturated fats, pesto gives your body the tools to keep your cells and heart healthy. If you watch your diet, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy pesto.

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