Herb Lemon Chicken over Pesto Pasta Salad






Chicken preparation

  • 1 package of Crescent Foods Chicken Breast Fillets
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Lemon pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (may need more)
  • Juice of 1 lemon & zest

Pasta & Pesto Preparation

  • 1 16 oz pasta package of choice
  • 1 cup fresh spinach packed (can use 2 cups basil instead)
  • 1 cup fresh basil packed
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds or pine nuts
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup cubed feta cheese
  • A wedge of lemon


The perfect summer pasta salad. It’s light, refreshing and simple to make! A great addition to a
BBQ and a creative way to have your children eat their greens.

  • Chicken
    Clean & Tenderize the chicken fillets with a meat mallet. Tip* To clean the chicken, wash it with water then rinse in some salt, lemon juice and vinegar. Take off any excess fat. Tip* Cover chicken in plastic wrap before tenderizing it with the mallet.
  • Drizzle olive oil on the chicken and season with the above seasonings on both sides. Juice half a lemon over the chicken fillets as well.
  • In a large non stick pan, add 2 tbsp of olive oil over low to medium heat.
  • Place the chicken fillets in the skillet and cook for 6-7 minutes each side till browned and cooked through. Add the other half of the lemon juice to the pan while it’s cooking.
  • Once chicken is cooked, set aside.
  • Add the minced garlic to the leftover oil in the pan and just cook till garlic is browned.
  • Place aside.


  • Cook to package instructions.


  • In a food processor, add all the ingredients and blend till a creamy paste/sauce. Add a little more oil if needed.
  • How to plate the dish
  • Add the pesto sauce and browned garlic to the pasta. Mix together very well. Plate the pasta and garnish with cherry tomatoes and feta cheese.
  • Slice the chicken fillet and place on top of the pasta drizzled with some olive oil and served with a lemon wedge.

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