Friday, August 10, 2012

Lime Cilantro Pesto for Chicken Tacos

Ingredients for Cilantro Lime Pesto
* 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves (do not include stems)
* 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 tablespoons sliced, toasted almonds
* 3 tablespoons chopped, fresh garlic
* 1 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
* 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
* 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

* 1/4 cup chicken broth


Using a blender, mix together the cilantro, olive oil, almonds, garlic, lime juice, cheese, salt and chicken broth on low speed for 2 minutes.

Ingredients for Chicken Tacos
* cooking spray for sauteeing
* 2-3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite sized pieces
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1/2 cup cilantro lime pesto
* flour tortillas
* preferred taco garnishes (salsa, sour cream, cheese, etc)

Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder. In a skillet sprayed with cooking spray, saute chicken over medium high heat and cooked through. Toss cooked, seasoned chicken with the pesto. Fill tortillas with chicken and top with preferred garnishes.

The pesto recipe appealed to me because it used almonds instead of pine nuts, and cilantro instead of basil.  Ryan and I don't care for traditional pesto, but we love the ingredients in this pesto recipe.  And then using it for chicken taco - what a great idea!   I originally saw this recipe on Pinterest, but here is the direct link to the website with the recipe I used:  Cilantro Lime Tacos

Later in the week, I tossed the leftover chicken with pasta, and it was fantastic!  Next time I plan on making the pesto and using it with chicken and pasta so I don't have to wait for the leftovers.

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