Chicken Pesto

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This one of my moms favorite dishes. I give all credit where credit is due…my lovely and amazing husband originally introduced this dish to me and I fell IN LOVE with it. The combination of seared chicken and the herbaceous-ness of the basil pesto, the bow tie pasta and shaved Parmesan adds a nice balance of flavors.

It is a simple recipe. And it’s pretty 🙂 

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Ingredients for the pesto:

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese ( I used freshly shaved Parmesan).

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Directions

Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.

If freezing, transfer to an air-tight container and drizzle remaining oil over the top. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and stir in cheese.

I like to heat up my pesto a bit.

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Next: Get some boneless, skinless chicken breasts and season generously with Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and paprika. In a skillet with extra virgin olive oil, heat on medium heat and sear chicken breasts until they’re nice and brown.

chicken5Now pop them in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through. While you are waiting, get your pasta ready, you can do bow tie pasta, thing spaghetti, penne or whatever you prefer! Once your pasta is ready, toss your pasta in pesto and cut chicken breasts and lay them over the pasta. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and add a little more pesto if you like AND ENJOY!

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Spicy Garlic & Herb Parmesan Crusted Wings

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Hey guys!

I have been gone for a little while but I am glad you guys hung in there. Now, this by no means represent my lack of cooking because TRUST ME, I’ve been cooking, and eating as well lol I have been terribly busy and I hate posting half recipes without pictures from beginning to end-simply because I am a visual learner…and I like food porn lol. Now that the first semester of law school is winding down, I will be posting more frequently. I made some AMAZING chicken wings and I wanted to share with you guys the process and that as of right now, these are my favorite wings!

Here is the process for these wings…they’re easier than it sounds.

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It’s important to start these wings off in a nice marinade.

  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups of chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • minced onion
  • 3-5 dashes of habanero chili sauce!
  • 2 cups of parmesean

Marinate in the fridge for at least an hour

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BAKE  350 degrees on a non-stick pan for at-least 2 hours or until nice and crispy. Make sure there are no spills or burns on the pan. These wings can get really juicy once they start to cook!

About one hour in, sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. I just used regular grated Parmesan you would put on top of pizza because it makes a nice crust when baked.

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And once you are finished, enjoy!! Here is a close-up!

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Serve with rice or potatoes!!

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