Pesto chicken

Serves 8

Preparation time - 15 minutes

Cooking time - 20 minutes

Add some Asian inspiration to your weekly menu with this amazingly easy and quick chicken recipe. Serve with slices of cucumber, shredded lettuce and a spoonful of basmati rice.

Pesto chicken


  • 800g chicken thigh fillets, trimmed & halved
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Basil pesto:
  • 2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled & quartered
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


Step 1

Make basil pesto: Place basil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan in a processor. Process until roughly chopped. Add lemon juice. Process until combined. With motor running, add oil in a thin, steady stream. Process until combined. Transfer to a bowl. Season with pepper. Cover. Refrigerate until required.

Step 2

Preheat a barbecue plate or chargrill on medium. Brush chicken with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes each side or until cooked through.

Step 3

Top chicken with pesto; serve with fresh greens and (optionally) a scoop of steaming basmati rice.


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