Spinach and Basil Pesto Chicken Bruschetta

Recipe and Photo By: Chef Huda®
What You Need
1 pound boneless chicken breast – cut into strips or 1-inch cubes
1 cups of heirloom tomatoes-thinly sliced
1/2 cup of aged parmesan cheese-shaved
1 multi-grain french baguette-sliced on a bias.
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
Spinach and Basil Pesto
4 cups baby spinach
2 cups fresh basil
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic-minced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
Let’s start with our chicken. Place a large sauté pan over medium heat and add in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Clean, cut and season the chicken breast. Place the chicken into the hot pan. Cook the chicken until golden brown on all sides.
Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove from the pan and let rest for 3-5 minutes. Cut into strips or 1-inch cubes and place in a large bowl.
For the pesto, place the spinach, basil, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor. Blend and slowly drizzle in ⅓ cup olive oil until the pesto mixture is smooth. When the pesto is done, add desired amount to the chicken and toss together until they are friendly.
Slice the multigrain baguette into ½-inch slices on a bias and brush with ½ tablespoon of olive oil. Place bread on a baking sheet, then in the oven on broil, until it’s golden brown on both sides. Thinly slice the tomatoes and lightly toss in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt, then set aside.
Now, let’s make something Pretty and Delicious! Place the toasted multigrain bread on the plate first, then stack with the pesto chicken, then the tomatoes and finally garnish with Parmesan cheese.
Finish by drizzling another ½ tablespoon of olive oil and cracked black pepper over the tomatoes. Enjoy!
Chef Huda’s Healthy Tip: Chicken is a great source of protein, essential for muscle development and growth. Spinach and Basil are a good source of magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium and vitamin C. These vitamins and minerals promote good cardiovascular health. Foods like these are an great addition to your daily diet and healthy lifestyle.
For more Pretty and Delicious recipes visit www.ChefHuda.com
Chef Huda is a multi-talented personality in the worlds of Food, Fashion & Entertainment and has gained international notoriety for her pretty and delicious dishes and expertise in Healthy Comfort Food. She has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, Howard Stern’s Show, Donald Trump’s Show, The Ultimate Merger, Vogue (Italia) to name a few and is a food and entertainment contributing writer for an array of media outlets including; The CW Network, The ROOT and a lifestyle expert for Monarch Magazine. The multi-talented Chef Huda was recently a featured favorite on ABC’s hit show, “The Taste” that debuted at #1, with celebrity chef judges Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson and also serves as an Ambassador for The American Heart Association.
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