Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Chicken en Papillote with Homemade Pesto

One of the tenets of the Paleo diet, especially when you are exercising a few times a week, is making sure you get enough protein.  I confess, as a former vegetarian, I don't always enjoy meat.  Chicken breasts in particular can be tough for me to get down, since they so often turn out dry and mealy.  But they are such an easy and versatile source of protein - how do I make them moist and flavorful instead of chalky and yuck?

This recipe solved my chicken breast dilemma!  Cooking "en papillote" means cooking in paper - parchment paper to be exact.  Cooking the breasts with some vegetables inside a sealed packet means all the moisture stays locked inside.  Groovy!  Even better?  The homemade pesto adds flavor, fat, and a burst of fresh green springtime color.

If you need a clean source of protein, check out the recipe.  If you love pesto, check out the recipe.  And if you like both, definitely read on at GCH!

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