Chicken With Arugula Pesto

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Kosher salt

6 ounces orecchiette (about 1 1/2 cups)

1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into pieces

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

3 cups baby arugula

1/2 cup firmly packed fresh parsley

2 tablespoons almonds or hazelnuts, toasted

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

4 small skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds)

2 medium tomatoes, halved

2 teaspoons whole-wheat breadcrumbs


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs; about 3 minutes before the pasta is done, add the green beans. Drain the pasta and beans and rinse under cold water. Toss with half of the cheese, 1 tablespoon olive oil, the lemon zest and salt. 
  2. Preheat the broiler. Puree the arugula, parsley, nuts, lemon juice, 3 tablespoons water, the remaining cheese and 1 tablespoon olive oil, and salt to taste in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl. 
  3. Place the chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound to about 1/2 inch thick. Transfer to a foil-lined baking sheet and season with salt. Rub all over with 1/4 cup of the arugula pesto and broil, turning once, until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. 
  4. Arrange the tomatoes cut-side up on another baking sheet and broil 2 minutes. Spread each with some pesto and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs. Broil until golden, 1 more minute. Serve the chicken, tomatoes and pasta salad with the remaining pesto. 

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