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A delightful, moderately spicy homemade pesto is tucked inside
tender chicken breasts. Cooking the chicken in foil packets makes
for easy cleanup and convenient serving
Finely chopped fresh parsley 1/3 cup
Finely chopped pine nuts, toasted 2 tbsp.
Olive (or cooking) oil 1 tbsp.
Small garlic clove, minced 1 (or 1/8 tsp., 0.5 mL, powder)
Liquid honey 1/2 tsp.
Finely chopped chipotle pepper in 1/2 tsp.
Grated orange zest 1/2 tsp.
Boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 2 (4 – 6 oz., 113 – 170 g, each)
Seasoned salt 1/2 tsp.
Combine first 7 ingredients in small bowl.
Cut deep pocket in thickest part of each chicken breast almost, but not
quite, through to other side. Spoon parsley mixture into pocket. Spray
chicken with cooking spray. Sprinkle with seasoned salt. Place 1 chicken breast in centre of large piece of foil. Fold edges of foil together over chicken to enclose. Fold ends to seal completely. Repeat with remaining chicken breast. Place packets, seam-side up, on baking sheet. Bake in 450°F (230°C) oven for about 20 minutes until fully cooked and internal temperature of chicken reaches 170°F (77°C). Serves 2.
268 Calories; 16.6 g Total Fat (7.9 g Mono, 4.7 g Poly, 2.4 g Sat); 66 mg Cholesterol;
4 g Carbohydrate; 1 g Fibre; 26 g Protein; 419 mg Sodium
I have never trusted myself to cut a decent slice into a chicken breast, so when i plan to fix this type of dish, I get the butcher to do that part for me. Their knives are sharper... and he knows what he's doing.
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