Chicken with Kale & Spinach Pesto with Toasted Walnuts

Mary Feltman

By
@MaryEsther767

This is one of my "HealthiER" dishes I was trying out for my family...and it was a hit! My sister gave me a BIG compliment when she said, "It tastes like a 'Downton' dinner!" It WAS a very pretty plating, but it was also a healthier option!


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Serves:

4

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

35 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

2
chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
5 oz
kale (small bunch)
5 oz
spinach, frozen; thawed
1/2 c
sunflower seeds
1 clove
garlic, sliced
4 Tbsp
mushroom-infused olive oil
1/2 c
fresh parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp
lemon juice, fresh
1/2 tsp
kosher salt
1/2 c
pasta water
1 c
walnuts, chopped
2 Tbsp
butter

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Prep kale: cut away center stem, and rinse thoroughly.
2
Prep spinach: thaw, and squeeze out excess liquid.
3
In a large pot, bring slightly salted water to a boil.
4
Place kale in water and let blanch for 1 1/2 minutes.
5
Remove kale and either immerse in cold water or run under cold water; drain well.
6
In the large bowl of a food processor, place : 2 T of the oil, sliced clove of garlic, lemon juice, sunflower seeds, Parmesan cheese, salt, and drained kale and spinach.
7
Pulse and scrap down sides repeatedly, until completely blended, and to the consistence you desire. ** I needed to add the other tablespoon of oil and some pasta water, to get the "saucier" consistency that I wanted.

Set completed pesto aside.
8
In medium-large pot, bring slightly salted water to boil.
9
Place chicken in water and boil 15-20 minutes, making certain it's completely cooked. Let cool.
10
Using two forks, shred the chicken; set aside.
11
Heat a small saucepan and add the chopped walnuts; toast for about 2 minutes. Set aside.
12
Bring a large pot of good salted water to boil; add spaghetti, and cook according to package directions.

**I used an organic, whole wheat pasta to make it healthier.
13
Remove a cup of the pasta water and set it aside for possible use in the pesto.

Drain pasta and place in a bowl with 2-3 tablespoons of butter; toss to coat.
14
Place pasta on plate, add shredded chicken and pesto, and top with toasted walnuts. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Healthy