Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chicken Pesto Pasta

I needed another excuse to use my food processor and have always wanted to make pesto, so this was the perfect opportunity. Jim is "allergic" to nuts like almonds, pecans, etc., so I used pistachios for this. He says pine nuts would be fine, but I didn't have any on hand, so pistachios it was.

For the chicken, I just roasted two bone-in, skin-on, chicken breasts.

Pesto recipe
1-1/2 cups basil
1/2 cup parsley
zest of half a lemon
3 cloves garlic
1 cup pistachios
1/4 - 3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

I just whipped up the pesto, cooked up some pasta, cut up the chicken (once it was cooled a little) and mixed it all together in a pot. Add as much or as little pesto as you'd like...I used about half of what this made. I also added about half a cup of the pasta water to sort of loosen up the pesto a little and make it more sauce-like. It was delicious!


Mrs.D said...

I have to try this asap! yum...i love pesto!

Taryn said...

He is allergic to almonds - but not pistachios? Aren't they all tree nuts? Lucky him- I am "allergic" to all tree nuts.

Lori (MrsB1021) said...

Yeah I have no He says certain nuts make his teeth itch, but not pistachios or peanuts for some