Cilantro Pesto Chicken

Oven baked Pesto Chicken is JUST as good, tender and juicy which is smothered in a creamy, homemade cilantro walnut pesto with an incredible flavour!

Of course you can use store bought pesto but however nothing beats the flavour in fresh, homemade pesto.

WHAT IS PESTO?

Pesto originated in Liguria, Italy, where pesto is made in a mortar and pestle. (In fact, “pestâ” means “to pound.”) I don’t have the patience to crush basil by hand, one handful at a time. So, I recommend using your food processor.

Pesto is one of my favorite condiments to keep on hand. Try these easy, fun pesto recipe variations to brighten pasta, salads, roasted veggies & more!

It’s easy to make in the blender or food processor with just few ingredients, and always tastes so fresh and delicious.

HOW TO MAKE CILANTRO WALNUT PESTO?

With a food processor or blender, it comes together in just a few steps:

Pulse the walnuts, lemon juice, and garlic in the food processor until they’re finely chopped. Add the cilantro, salt, parmesan and pepper and pulse again. Then slowly drizzle in the olive oil until it is completely combined. Pause the blender and scrape down the sides, then pulse again until the mixture is smooth.

WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED?

This pizza requries a simple ingredients:

  • Chicken – Here i have used drumsticks but you can feel free to use Chicken breasts or thighs also in this recipe.
  • Pesto – You can use store bought or make your own pesto.
  • Salt and Pepper – Already Pesto will have salt but adjust as per your taste.

HOW TO MAKE CILANTRO PESTO CHICKEN?

Clean and wash the chicken drumsticks with salt and turmeric. Rinse thoroughly. Make slits all over the chicken drumsticks,so that the flavor can be incorporated well.

Add the pesto, salt and pepper, mix well until the chicken are coated well.

Cover and allow to marinate 6 hours to overnight. In case of making it quick, marinate atleast for 30-60 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450 F and line the baking tray with aluminium foil. Place the marinated chicken in the baking tray and bake for 30 – 40 mins and flip at halfway through.

Serve with some green chutney or sauteed veggies!

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Cilantro Walnut Pesto

CILANTRO PESTO CHICKEN RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS:

1 kg chicken drumsticks
1 cup cilantro pesto
1 tsp pepper
salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Clean and wash the chicken drumsticks with salt and turmeric. Rinse thoroughly.
  2. Make slits all over the chicken drumsticks,so that the flavor can be incorporated well.
  3. Add the pesto, salt and pepper, mix well until the chicken are coated well.
  4. Cover and allow to marinate 6 hours to overnight. In case of making it quick, marinate at least for 30-60 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 450 F and line the baking tray with aluminium foil.
  6. Place the marinated chicken in the baking tray and bake for 30 – 40 mins and flip at halfway through.
  7. Serve with some green chutney or sauteed veggies!

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Hey!!!! My name is Saraniyaa Pradeep, and I feel very grateful that you have stumbled upon BlendOfSpicesBySara! I am the food blogger and photographer behind BlendOfSpicesBySara. This is my happy place where i combine my great love of food with my passion for photography. To this day,nothing makes me happier than preparing and sharing food with my family, friends and all of you dear blog readers. Ultimately, BlendOfSpicesBySara is about good food. I hope you find something on the site that you like.

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