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    Cilantro-Serrano Pesto With Grilled Chicken and Penne

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    35 mins

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    Galley Wench's Note:

    Recipe is from Colavita Olive Oil. This will come in handy in Mexico where it's impossible to find fresh basil! I can think of so many uses for the pesto . . .!

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    Chicken and Pasta


    1. 1
      Place Cilantro and the next 6 ingredients (through chili) in a food processor; process until well blended.
    2. 2
      With processor on, slowly pour olive oil through the food chute: process until well blended.
    3. 3
      Place pesto in a large bowl, stir in vinegar and black pepper.
    4. 4
      Grill Chicken (indoor our out).
    5. 5
      Heat outdoor grill or grill pan over medium heat.
    6. 6
      Coat chicken with olive oli.
    7. 7
      Season with salt and pepper.
    8. 8
      Grill chicken (or cook in pan) until done.
    9. 9
      Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.
    10. 10
      Add chicken, cooked pasta, and tomatoes to pesto.
    11. 11
      Toss to combine.
    12. 12
      Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 29, 2007


      This recipe was delicious! I didn't get a chance to marinate the chicken, but rubbed it with some garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, and chicken bouillon (no olive oil) before grilling it over Mesquite charcoal. I did add about 1.5 TBS of olive oil before tossing it all together. I also used more garlic and I might add more pecans next time. I wasn't sure if I should use only the leaves of the cilantro or if I could use the whole sprig. I opted to use only the leaves. Overall, it was great - fresh and flavorful!

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    Nutritional Facts for Cilantro-Serrano Pesto With Grilled Chicken and Penne

    Serving Size: 1 (263 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 583.0
    Calories from Fat 113
    Total Fat 12.5 g
    Saturated Fat 4.1 g
    Cholesterol 58.5 mg
    Sodium 313.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 86.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 12.7 g
    Sugars 1.4 g
    Protein 32.4 g

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    white balsamic vinegar

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