Walnut Pesto Stuffed Chicken

I'm having a bit of a basil moment. It even went in my last batch of mayo

I’m having a bit of a basil moment. It even went in my last batch of mayo

Butterflying chicken always makes me feel like some sort of sadistic poultry tormentor.

It’s a little bit disturbing to spread that breast wide and pound it until it looks like a steamroller’s been at it.

it's so...fleshy

it’s so…fleshy

But it’s all for a good cause. Stuffed with a delicious, nutty pesto, the humble chicken suddenly becomes a thing of immense yumminess.

There’s no parmesan in this pesto because I’m Whole30-ing this month and that means no dairy (I would probably trample my granny for some yoghurt at this point but I will persevere).

the star of the show - a nutty, fragrant pesto

the star of the show – a nutty, fragrant pesto

By all means add cheese if that’s your thing, but it’s pretty delicious even without.

Walnut Pesto Stuffed Chicken (serves 2)

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 4 oz fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary leaves
  • sea salt and black pepper
  1. Using a small food processor, blend together the walnuts, basil, oil and garlic until a chunky paste.
  2. Carefully butterfly each chicken breast (make a slit through the meat then fold it open like a book). Cover with clingfilm and beat with a heavy object until the breast is somewhat flattened.
  3. Put a tbsp of pesto in each breast, lining it along the ‘seam’ and then rolling over the top part like a flap. Make sure the chicken seals over the pesto and there’s none poking out.
  4. Season the chicken well, sprinkle over the rosemary and bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes.

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22 thoughts on “Walnut Pesto Stuffed Chicken

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  10. Walnut pesto stuffed chicken

    What do you mean by lining it along the seam? The picture looks as though you’ve centered the filling? I assume you simply place the top piece over the bottom, but you say to roll it over like a flap. I wish you’d posted a picture or two of this part.

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