One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies

One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies provides filling protein and a hearty serving of colorful vegetables for a speedy, flavor-packed weeknight meal!

One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies provides filling protein and a hearty serving of colorful vegetables for a speedy, flavor-packed weeknight meal!  

 

What do your food habits say about you?

I recently read an unscientific but altogether amusing article written by Phil Mutz that assessed what people’s eating habits revealed about their personality.

Slow eaters, for example, supposedly make the most out of each and every moment, believe in completing a task well rather than quickly, and are often set in their routines.

Fast eaters, on the other hand, are said to be good multi-taskers, have a healthy sense of competition, and often put the needs of others before their own.

Mixers—those who like to get a little piece of everything in each bite—are reportedly outgoing, have strong relationships, and like to take on responsibility.  With so many things on their plate (pun intended), however, they may over-commit.

The “Isolationist” is evidently one of the more unusual eating styles and describes a methodical pattern of eating one food item at a time.  Isolationists are detail-oriented, cautious, and always think things through.

I brought up my “findings” at dinner that night, which was revealing in other ways.  My younger son and husband like to keep their foods separate.  I’m most definitely a mixer, while my older son said he eats each item before moving on to the next.  In his nearly 20 years, I never knew this about him.

The discussion led to questions about how people eat corn on the cob—typewriter-style, round and round, or haphazardly, for example—and what that says about their personalities.  Or when there’s something you don’t like on your plate, do you get it over with right away or let it linger and choke it down at the end?  Perhaps you were one of those kids who was required to sit at the dinner table with a plate of peas long after everyone else vacated?

My husband offered that he’d be happy with a single item for dinner every night, like a bowl of rice. If we’d had this conversation years ago, I could have saved myself a lot of time in the kitchen!

One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies provides filling protein and a hearty serving of colorful vegetables for a speedy, flavor-packed weeknight meal!

Rice or another grain of choice would be a complementary side for the following entree, which comes together quickly in one pan and incorporates a variety of seasonal vegetables and filling protein.  Pesto flavors the dish and is a perfect way to enjoy the seasonal bounty of basil, although store-bought pesto may certainly be used.

One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies provides filling protein and a hearty serving of colorful vegetables for a speedy, flavor-packed weeknight meal!

As you sit down to your next meal, you may even consider whether you aim for a little piece of everything on each forkful or save all the mushrooms for last. 😜 My hope is that you enjoy this easy dinner—and the amusing conversation it may inspire!

One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies provides filling protein and a hearty serving of colorful vegetables for a speedy, flavor-packed weeknight meal!

You can use your favorite store-bought or homemade pesto for this recipe–or try one of these…


Sunflower Basil Pesto is simple, economical, loaded with flavor, and ideal for families with a nut allergy.  

simple recipe is economical, loaded with flavor, and ideal for families with a nut allergy
Asiago Pesto Spread has less oil than the typical pesto but offers so much flavor.  Both of these pesto recipes freeze beautifully.

Asiago Pesto Spread has far less oil than the typical pesto and is SOOOO flavorful...freezes beautifully!, too!

One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies
Yield: 4 servings
One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies provides filling protein and a hearty serving of colorful vegetables for a speedy, flavor-packed weeknight meal!  
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 8 ounces baby bella or button mushrooms, quartered or halved if small
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken (breast or thigh meat), chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a 12- to 14-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, and then add the asparagus and sauté until crisp tender, 3-5 minutes depending on thickness.  Season with a little salt and pepper and remove to a plate.
  2. Drizzle 2 more teaspoons of oil into the pan, add the mushrooms and sauté until they release their liquid and are golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.  Add a light sprinkle salt and pepper, and then transfer to the plate with the asparagus.  (Tip: letting the mushrooms sit, stirring only occasionally, allows them to better caramelize and become golden brown.)
  3. Add the final 2 teaspoons of oil to the pan, followed by the chopped chicken, seasoning again with a light sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Cook for approximately 5 minutes, flipping a few times, until the chicken is just cooked through.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes and return the cooked asparagus and mushrooms to the pan.  Add the pesto and stir to evenly coat.  Cook 1-2 minutes more or until everything is heated through.

 

The Fountain Avenue Kitchen https://fountainavenuekitchen.com/

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments

  1. Sandi Post author

    Sounds delicious. I still have some pesto in the freezer from my basil harvest in the fall. I also have fresh “baby” zucchini that I’ll substitute for the asparagus.

    Reply
  2. Mara Post author

    My daughter saw this recipe in the newspaper on Sunday and wanted to make it. We had it tonight and it was delicious. The instructions were easy for a newer cook to follow, too. Thank you!

    Reply
  3. Ginny Post author

    Bad news: We got rained out on the tennis court!
    Good news: Loved the Chicken and Veggies w/ Pesto. I got lazy and bought Alessi pesto from the Herb Shop at Central Market. My husband liked your recipe so much, he went back for seconds (very unusual). Told me it’s a keeper!

    Reply
    1. Ann Post author

      I’m sorry tennis got rained out but delighted the meal was a hit! Thanks so much for letting me know…and here’s to better tennis weather soon!

      Reply
  4. Celeste Post author

    I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious, it’s a keeper, thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  5. Lisa Post author

    Delicious! Your recipes aren’t complicated, and they’re tasty with excellent directions and tips. I’ll be keeping my eyes out for more good recipes from you!

    Reply
  6. Joyce Post author

    This is so delicious. Thank you! I served penne pasta with it. I added pesto and Parmesan cheese to the pasts and returned to the stove to heat. Then I put the chicken mixture on top!

    Reply
    1. Ann Post author

      Your pasta base sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy this dish. Thanks so much for mentioning, Joyce!

      Reply
  7. Joan Post author

    Hi Ann – had family here for dinner and they loved the chicken, asparagus, mushroom, etc. I used thighs and I added the tomatoes at the last minute so they would not be squishy, but otherwise followed your recipe exactly. Thanks so much.

    Reply
  8. Sandi Post author

    I made this and then tossed with cooked malfada. It was yummy and I packed the leftovers for lunch!

    Reply
    1. Ann Post author

      Tossing with the pasta sounds perfect, and leftovers for lunch are always a treat. Thanks for your comment, Sandi!

      Reply