Chicken with Broccoli and Parsley-Walnut Pesto.

Makes: 4 Servings | Prep Time: 5 min. | Cook Time: 15 min.

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Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 large clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + 1 teaspoon
  • 4 skinless chicken thighs (about 8 ounces each)
  • 8 ounces gemelli or penne pasta
  • 1/2 pound DOLE® Broccoli Crowns, chopped into florets (about 3 cups)
Directions:
  1. Toast walnuts and garlic in a dry skillet over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, until fragrant. Transfer to a food processor. Add the parsley, oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. With the motor running add the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Transfer mixture into serving bowl.
  2. Heat the remaining teaspoon of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken thighs with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and arrange in skillet. Cook for 10-15 minutes turning once, until lightly brown on both sides. Chicken is cooked through and a thermometer inserted in the thickest part measures 160°F.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions. In the last 2 minutes of cooking time, add the broccoli. Drain and transfer pasta and broccoli to serving bowl. Toss to coat. Serve with chicken thighs.