Cherry & Walnut Pesto Grilled Chicken

Saturday, June 15, 2013

From our skinny table to yours...

It's gorgeous outside today which is perfect for firing up the grill!  We love pesto's of all kinds, from the classic Garlic & Basil, to our more fun creations Roasted Red Pepper & PecanCilantro & JalapenoStrawberry Pesto, & Pistachio & Cranberry. Today we are mixing things up yet again and working with one of our favorite summertime fruits, the cherry!

Pesto's are super easy to whip together and are a great way to spruce up plain grilled chicken breasts.  We simply blended up ripe and juicy cherries with walnuts, nutty parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil and fresh cilantro!  This was such a yummy and vibrant combination :)

We simply marinated our lean chicken breasts in this yummy goodness and then let our hubbies get to work on the grill ;)  That's another perk of grilling!  A grill pan, however, would work just as nicely.  We served our Cherry & Walnut Chicken Breasts up with asparagus.  We simply sauteed our asparagus spears with fresh garlic for the perfect side dish!

This is a great option for Father's Day tomorrow if you're having a BBQ!  

Hope you enjoy this one!  Happy weekend and Happy Fathers Day to the dad's out there :)

Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Serves: 4
Calories: 328
Fat: 14.7 grams
Carbs: 16.4 grams
Dietary fiber: 4.4 grams
Protein: 31.7 grams

1 pound lean chicken breast
2 cups pitted cherries
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
5 garlic cloves minced
1 handful fresh cilantro chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 pound asparagus
Salt & Pepper to taste

Let's get cooking!
1.  To make pesto add pitted cherries, walnuts, garlic, parmesan cheese, cilantro and one tbsp olive oil into food processor/blender and blend until smooth.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
2.  Marinate chicken breasts in half of pesto for 15-20 minutes
3.  Grill chicken on medium heat for 7-8 minutes flipping halfway through
4.  To cook asparagus - cut the bottom inch off of spears.  Add remaining tbsp olive oil to saute pan.  Add asparagus and remaining garlic.  Saute for approx 5-7 minutes or until tender and crisp
5.  Serve up chicken and asparagus with remaining pesto for dipping.  

Serves 4 healthy portions!  Enjoy :)

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