Recipe Review

You Need This Crispy Skillet Chicken with Pesto in Your Life

published Aug 15, 2017
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Looking for a way to jazz up your basic chicken repertoire? This recipe is just the ticket. Crispy chicken thighs are always a crowd-pleaser, but this meal calls for a scene-stealing, umami-packed pesto that’ll totally put a little pep in your dinner step.

With fresh basil in season, right now is the perfect time to make your own pesto at home. But before you reach for the Parmesan and pine nuts, let me tell you about this unique version. Made with peanuts, basil, olive oil, sesame oil, white miso paste, rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, red pepper flakes, and garlic, this is not your average pesto. It might sound horrifying to pesto purists, but approach it with an open mind and you’ll be rewarded with a complex sauce hitting all the salty, spicy, tangy notes that standard pesto just can’t.

Once you’ve crisped and cooked your bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs in a hot skillet, melt some fresh mozzarella on top and then spoon over this sauce. Pair the chicken with some rice, quinoa, roasted potatoes, or a salad and you’ve got dinner!

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