Pan-Seared Chicken with Cilantro Pesto

Total Time:
16 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
6 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons garlic-flavored or regular olive oil, divided
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup lowfat sour cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
Directions

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken in the hot pan and cook until golden brown and just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, place the pine nuts in a small dry skillet and set over medium heat. Toast the nuts until golden brown, about 3 minutes, shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning. Transfer the pine nuts to a blender or food processor and add cilantro, sour cream, the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, the garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Process until smooth, adding water, as necessary, to create a thick paste. Serve the chicken with the pesto spooned over the top.


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