Basil Pesto with Pasta and Chicken

For the Pesto:

2 cups lightly packed basil

1/4 cup pine nuts (toasting is optional)

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons olive oil

1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan

Salt to taste

  • Heat a grill pan on medium high heat. Lightly oil the grill pan. Sprinkle the chicken with garlic salt and sea salt. Grill the chicken until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes per side.
  • Combine the basil, parmesan, pine nuts and lemon juice 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.
  • Boil water for pasta. Add pasta and cook until al dente.
  • While the pasta is still very hot, spread the pesto over the pasta and chicken. Serve and enjoy!

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