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Herb Lemon Chicken over Pesto Pasta Salad

The perfect summer pasta salad. It's light, refreshing and simple to make! A great addition to a BBQ and a creative way to have your children eat their greens. 

Ingredients 

Chicken preparation 

  • 1 package of Crescent Foods Chicken Breast Fillets 
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning 
  • 1 tbsp Lemon pepper 
  • Salt to taste 
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder 
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme 
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano 
  • 1 tsp onion powder 
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (may need more) 
  • Juice of  1 lemon & zest  

Pasta & Pesto Preparation 

  • 1 16 oz pasta package of choice 
  • 1 cup fresh spinach packed (can use 2 cups basil instead) 
  • 1 cup fresh basil packed 
  • 4 garlic cloves 
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds or pine nuts 
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon 
  • 1/3 cup olive oil 
  • Salt & pepper to taste 

Garnish 

  • Halved cherry tomatoes 
  • 1/3 cup cubed feta cheese 
  • A wedge of lemon 

Method: 

Chicken 

  • Clean & Tenderize the chicken fillets with a meat mallet. Tip* To clean the chicken, wash it with water then rinse in some salt, lemon juice and vinegar. Take off any excess fat. Tip* Cover chicken in plastic wrap before tenderizing it with the mallet. 
  • Drizzle olive oil on the chicken and season with the above seasonings on both sides. Juice half a lemon over the chicken fillets as well. 
  • In a large non stick pan, add 2 tbsp of olive oil over low to medium heat. 
  • Place the chicken fillets in the skillet and cook for 6-7 minutes each side till browned and cooked through. Add the other half of the lemon juice to the pan while it's cooking. 
  • Once chicken is cooked, set aside. 
  • Add the minced garlic to the leftover oil in the pan and just cook till garlic is browned. Place aside. 

Pasta 

  • Cook to package instructions.  

Pesto 

  • In a food processor, add all the ingredients and blend till a creamy paste/sauce. Add a little more oil if needed. 

How to plate the dish 

  • Add the pesto sauce and browned garlic to the pasta. Mix together very well. Plate the pasta and garnish with cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. 
  • Slice the chicken fillet and place on top of the pasta drizzled with some olive oil and served with a lemon wedge. 

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