4-5 chicken breasts, butterflied (sliced in half)
1 cup goat cheese
1 tsp salt and pepper
1 cup pine nuts, or another nut that you enjoy
4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
4 cups arugula salad
3/4 cup olive oil
Juice from 2 lemons
Ingredients to make the pesto:
3 cups fresh basil leaves
1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 cup cashews or walnuts (optional)
4 garlic cloves
3/4 cup olive oil, add more depending on if you use nuts in the recipe or not.
Salt and pepper to taste
Simple way to make the Pesto in 3 steps:
1. Put the basil, garlic, & nuts in a food processor and pulse until everything is chopped.
2. SLOWLY add the olive oil until smooth
3. Lastly, add the Parmesan and pulse slowly. Season with salt and pepper to taste preference. Save extra in the freezer.
***One trick I do is I make a double batch of Pesto. And for my leftover pesto, I pour the extra into an ice cube tray, freeze overnight, pop out the next day, and keep in a freezer safe container. Then you have fresh Pesto anytime you want for the next 3 months!
1. Add olive oil to the pan. Cook the chicken on each side for 3-4 minutes, season with salt and pepper. After cooking on both sides, Add the pesto sauce on top of each chicken and cook for additional 2-3 min. Remove chicken breasts from stove and let sit for 5-10 min.
2. With the same Grill Pan, don’t wash it, the bits of chicken are amazing for flavor, toast the pine nuts until lightly brown. Then set aside.
3. Assemble your ingredients. I really like to eat this salad right away, so I try to have everything ready once the pine nuts is done.
4. Layer your salad with 1/3 of the arugula, toasted pine nuts, a goat cheese. Repeat 1 more time. Finish with a final layer of toasted pine nuts, goat cheese, and Parmesan cheese.
5. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Add chicken on top of salad. Serve immediately. Share with your family!
This is an easy and fun recipe that your friends will be be coming back for more! Everyone’s plates are empty when I clear the table! This dish has a wonderful combination of flavors and textures. This is one of my personal favorite dishes to make and my friends request it often when they come over! I also strongly encourage you to enjoy the cooking process. Did you know that the prepping and cooking of food is actually a stress reliever? The chopping of food, the mixing of food, etc… it helps us to relax. And after a long day of work or school, cooking is a perfect way to begin the evening. So I encourage you to gather cooking ingredients, include your kids and friends in the process, and relax together by making a meal together. I promise if you come have a meal in my home, I will be the one handing you a cutting board and a knife and engaging you in the joy of cooking… Because “Gathering” is key to building relationships & community! So this week, grab a neighbor, or ask a friend at work, & invite them over for a meal to share! There is such JOY in cooking together!
Until next time,