friday's try a bloggy friend's recipe day

I have been so tired this week and I'm having trouble keeping up with what day it is for some reason. I realized last night that I hadn't found a recipe for my Friday post. I searched through several of your blogs trying to find a recipe that I had all of the ingredients for already. (I am trying very hard not to run to the store everyday this week.)

I found that Pam at Sidewalk Shoes has a beautiful pesto recipe.


I have tons of basil right now that really needs to be used. This is the first time I have made pesto. It's easier than I expected. I can't wait to make more!

I didn't have any pine nuts though so I had to leave those out. I also added some fresh squeezed lemon juice to my pesto. You must go visit Pam and see her Pesto Post. It's incredible and her pictures are gorgeous!

I decided to use my pesto in this baked chicken recipe. I also used some zucchini and green beans from my garden. I can't tell you what a blast I'm having running out each day to grab things for dinner. I'm hooked on this gardening business!

Lemon Pesto Chicken
  • 10 chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and cracked black pepper
  • Pesto (See Pam's Blog)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini
  • cracked pepper
Marinade the chicken tenders in 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, salt and cracked pepper for at least an hour. Place chicken in a lightly oiled baking dish. Top chicken with zucchini slices, mozzarella, and pesto. Crack a little black pepper over everything. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for about 35-40 minutes until chicken is cooked through. This was a perfect dish for today. It wasn't too heavy and it had a wonderful fresh summer flavor. My husband said it was terrific as well, so I will definitely be making it again.

Thanks Pam!

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~Pesto is Good~


Dustjacket attic said...

Oh you are so good in the kitchen, unlike me! sigh

jenjen said...

Pesto chicken - yum! I just thought I would let you know that I made your greek flatbread wraps again tonight. They are my favorite - Thanks again!

You are awesome!


Jenn said...

Pesto presto!!! I alwasy say that whenever pesto is involved. Looks great with the chicken. Definitely a wonderful combination. Btw...I gave you an award that will be posted tomorrow. Thought I'd tell you ahead of time.

Donna-FFW said...

The pesto looks just wonderful!

Stephanie said...

I've never had pesto...but I grew basil in my garden this year just so I could make it and try it! :-) It's not doing too well... I hope I'll end up yielding enough to experiment!

teresa said...

I love that bright green color, pesto is the best! Lovely!

Mary said...

Kim, what a lovely meal. I'm sure it was delicious.

girlichef said...

Everything looks so fresh and delicious! Beautiful :)

Cathy said...

I love homegrown basil for pesto! For whatever reason, fresh basil here is hard to find at the store - the only way to get it is to grow it.

Krista said...

I made pesto for the first time last year. Love it! If my basil weren't failing so miserably this summer, I'd be making it again.

The chicken recipe looks really yummy! Good pick!

Reeni♥ said...

Pesto looks so yummy! Especially with fresh herbs right from the garden. That is the best. The chicken is mouth-watering! So delicious.

John Deere Mom said...

There are few things in life I love more than pesto and pine nuts. BUT, I have never made my own! I might just have to try it!

Joyce said...

Looks delicious.

Marta said...

Your pesto looks so nice and vibrant! It's just such a versatile condiment, goes well on everything!

Katy ~ said...

Look at that vibrant green, only something one could achieve from having basil fresh from the garden. Lucky you! This looks good!

Pam said...

Hey! Thanks for trying my pesto! Your recipe sounds like a great way to use it.

Chow and Chatter said...

great healthy recipe and so green

Hummingbird Appetite said...

I have tons of basil, too that I have to use up. Pesto plus lemon juice sounds great!

Kristin said...

That looks so delish. J'adore pesto!

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