Homemade Pan Seared Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta Fresh Pesto and Tomatoes

Fresh basil pesto recipe



For me the smell of basil is intoxicating.  I have told my husband I would be happy with a bouquet of basil because of the amazing scent it gives.  I find it incredibly romantic… along with a glass of red wine and Italian Opera playing in the background.

Fresh basil also has amazing health benefits!  It is packed with vitamin K, and is a good source of calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin A, dietary fiber, and magnesium.  These antioxidant properties can help combat premature aging, and even some types of cancer!

Basil for Natural Remedies…

  • Basil promotes clear and healthy skin. It contains antibacterial compounds that cleanse the skin.  Add some dried basil leaves to boiling water. Let it cool. Message this solution into your skin and rinse with it.
  • If you suffer from a mouth ulcer, chew few basil leaves for relief.
  • Basil lowers blood pressure
  • Basil’s aroma elevates the mood (no wonder I love it so much!)
  • Basil enhances memory
  • It strengthens the nervous system


There is nothing like homemade pesto. Even though I love my Walnut Kale Pesto Recipe I adapted this recipe from my friend at The Coffee Table Cookbook.  If you haven’t found her blog yet, definitely check it out!  This recipe is so flavorful and added lemon zest give it an amazing punch!  Not only that, it makes a beautiful presentation!


Naturally Made pan Seared Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta, Fresh Pesto and Tomatoes

Ingredients (always try to use organic)

  • 1 pound of Organic Chicken 
  • ½ a bag (or box) of whole-wheat pasta or pasta of choice.
  • 1 15-ounce container of cherub tomatoes (grape or cherry would be fine)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of real butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of reserved cooking water

Pesto Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/2  cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Fresh basil pesto recipe
Place all basil ingredients in the food processor
Fresh basil pesto recipe
Pulse to combine. It will be well blended.
Fresh basil pesto recipe
set pesto aside while you prepare the rest of the dinner
Fresh basil pesto recipe
Zest the lemon


Fresh basil pesto recipe
Heat the lemon zest, thyme, and Oiive oil. Add the tomatoes and sauté until they pop. Season with salt and pepper.


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a small handful of sea salt
  • Mean while rinse chicken and pat dry.  Cut up into bites sized pieces.
  • Heat a large pan and add the butter.  Once its hot, add the chicken.  Cook 3 minutes each side.
  • Cook the pasta  to al dente.  I always set the kitchen timer, because there is nothing worse than mushy pasta.  For example if it says 6 – 8 min, stop cooking at 6.
  • When you pour the pasta into a colander, pour a little of the pasta water into a bowl to save for later.


Fresh basil pesto recipe
Toss pasta with pesto and tomatoes together, add a little preserved cooking water.
Fresh basil pesto recipe
Lay out your beautiful pasta, add chicken to the top of and place a little pesto on the top of the chicken pieces for a gorgeous presentation

Mangia Mangia!  Happy Fourth of July!!

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