I absolutely love chicken. Its so transitional and cheap. Especially when they run sales, I tend to stock up. Easy to feed a household of 6. This dish is a wonderful stretcher, very filling and easy to toss together.
Almond Pesto Chicken
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup unsalted almonds
1 cup fresh basil, plus*
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 1/2 lbs chicken breast
3 Tablespoons cider vinegar
Optional add-ins: 1 large Tomato chopped, red peppers flakes, marinated olives
*1/2 cup of dried basil can be substitute but does not equal the same flavor as fresh in this dish
Slice chicken breast into stripes and slightly brown in a lightly greased skillet. Do not cook thoroughly. Set to the side.
Chop the garlic, almonds, and 1 cup basil in a food processor or blender. Fold in 1/4 cup oil, Parmesan, salt, and 1/4 tsp of pepper to the mixture.
Spoon 1/2 of your pesto over the chicken and broil in a grease baking dish for 10 minutes. Turn chicken and top with remaining pesto and broil for another 6 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
Mix remaining basil, 2 tbs olive oil, remaining pepper, and cider vinegar and your optional add-ins, in a small bowl and serve over chicken and toss with your favorite pasta.