Thursday, July 15, 2010

Almost Perfect Pesto

my pesto

Last night for dinner I made Balsamic Garlic chicken and Bowties with Pesto, Feta, and Cherry Tomatoes. The chicken was outstanding and so easy! I made my own pesto, which I was really excited about, because it has been something I've always wanted to do and I was able to use large amounts of the basil we have growing in our garden.

I always have Ben rate my food on a 1 to 10 scale. The chicken was rated a 9.5... I think it was a 10, but Ben argues that chicken can never be a 10. He says "lobster is a 10, a good filet is a 10." "You can't compare chicken to lobster" I tell him, "you have to compare chicken to chicken". He won't budge, but I know deep down my chicken was a 10. The pasta was given a solid 9. I can live with that because it was more than I would have rated it. All three boys liked it better than me. I guess I had higher expectations. I'm not giving up though, I know there are bigger and better things out there waiting for my pesto.
Balsamic Garlic Chicken
4 (6 oz) skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 t salt
1 t pepper
2 T butter
1 T veg oil
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 T fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 t honey
Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Melt butter with oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add chicken and cook 6 to 7 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken and keep warm. Add chicken broth and next 4 ingredients to skillet and cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet. Serve chicken with sauce.


  1. This looks awesome, will you rant about me via this medium as well?

  2. But of course! I wouldn't want to disappoint you!

  3. Welcome to blogland! I have a hunch you're going to be GREAT at it! But don't be a tease - share recipes when you post gorgeous pictures like this!!!

  4. Thanks Leslie! I will get those recipes posted for you and thanks for the tip!