Chicken with Fresh Basil Pesto

Chicken with Fresh Basil Pesto

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Typical pesto ingredients—basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil—make a tasty and fresh topper for a cooked chicken breast. But in this recipe, no heavy equipment is needed to make the pesto!

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  • 2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon shaved or finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons toasted pine nuts (see Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (3 ounce) cooked skinless, boneless chicken breast half


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  1. In a small bowl, combine basil, cheese, pine nuts, oil, lemon peel and garlic. Spoon over warm chicken breast.
  • Tip: To toast whole nuts or large pieces, spread in a shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden, shaking pan once or twice.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 243 calories; 13 g fat(3 g sat); 2 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein; 76 mg cholesterol; 148 mg sodium;
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 4 lean protein, 1½ fat

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