My year as an Ambassador for Chicken Farmers of Canada will soon be over. I’ve always loved chicken (well, except during that 7 year vegetarian stint), so that hasn’t changed a bit. What has changed for me over the past 12 months is how much I appreciate the value of our Canadian chicken farmers who, using the latest technology and highest possible standards, humanely raise the chicken I serve to my family and friends.
Christmas is just around the corner, and this simple recipe is proof that a festive-looking dinner does not equate to hours slaving in the kitchen – 30 minutes from fridge to table – max! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Pesto Chicken & Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes (serves 2, easily doubled, tripled, etc)
- 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- Salt & Pepper
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp pesto
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (for the pan)
- Splash of white wine to deglaze the pan (optional)
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
While the tomatoes are roasting, put the uncooked chicken breasts in a bowl with the pesto and move them around until they are completely coated with it. In an oven-proof skillet, brown the chicken well on both sides (read: leave them alone and don’t be wiggling them around all the time). Add a generous splash of white wine to the pan, sprinkle the chicken with the mozzarella and then pop the skillet into the hot oven as well. By the time the tomatoes are ready, the chicken should be done too (depending on their size), just make sure it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees… nobody wants a tummy ache for Christmas.
Chicken Farmers of Canada is responsible for chicken raised and sold commercially in Canada. We represent our 2,700 farmers, and ensure that the chicken that reaches your table is safe, delicious, and raised to the highest standards. Want to know more?
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Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.