Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

Grilled Chicken with Spinach & Pine Nut Pesto

This recipe makes for a phenomenal lunch or dinner–and the best part? Itʻs quick and easy! A great go-to recipe or a staple through out the week. The fresh lemon juice gives it just what it needs to make it a light, healthy, and an über tasty meal. Let me know if you try it! 🙂


2 boneless chicken breasts
2 cups lightly packed baby spinach leaves (about  2 ounces)
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 to 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan


Heat a grill pan on medium high heat. Lightly oil the grill pan. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.

Combine the spinach, pine nuts, lemon juice, and lemon peel in a processor. Lightly pulse. With the machine running, gradually add 1/3 cup of the oil, blending until the mixture is creamy. Add salt and pulse. Put half of the pesto into ice cube trays and store in the freezer for future use.

Transfer the rest of the spinach mixture to a medium bowl. Stir in the Parmesan. Season the pesto with salt and pepper, to taste.

Spread the pesto over each piece of chicken and serve.


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5 thoughts on “Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

  1. Tara it is SOOO good, you have to try it & let me know if it becomes a new fave;)

    Megan the pesto literally makes this dish diiiiivine;) I'm stoked to have found your blog, I'm excited to catch up on all your posts, too!

  2. Yum, this recipe sounds delicious! And somehow I've never frozen pesto to use later! Thanks for the tip.
    Love this blog–I'm a former Island girl who live on the Big Island for 10 years. Your pictures make me homesick! 🙂

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