Chicken Breast with Parmesan Pesto

Inspired by Chicken Kiev and an abundance of fresh basil, this is based on a recipe contributed by a Sunset reader in the 1990's.

Yield: 6 servings
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  • 3 whole(s) chicken breasts boneless & skinless
  • 1 cup(s) fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 3/4 cup(s) parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup(s) olive oil
  • 1 clove(s) garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour


  1. Place chicken breasts between plastic wrap and firmly pound with mallet until approx 1/4" thick. Cover and chill while making pesto.

  2. In blender or food processor, combine basil, cheese, oil and garlic and whirl until it becomes a thick paste.

  3. Spoon equal portions of pesto onto each chicken breast. Roll up each breast to enclose pesto and secure with toothpick.

  4. In 12-14" fry pan, melt butter in oil over medium-high heat. Dip each chicken roll in flour, shake off excess, and add to pan. Cook, turning as needed, until golden brown and meat is opaque in center, 6 to 8 minutes.
February 2012

This recipe is a personal recipe added by ebelle and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.

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