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Quick, juicy chicken breasts topped with homemade tarragon pesto served on dressed mixed green salad on a white plate with cloth napkin BoulderLocavore.com

Tarragon Pesto Chicken Breast with dressed greens

Bold and aromatic tarragon pesto gives this moist tender chicken breast a sophisticated flavor served over fresh dressed greens. A meal in less than 30 minutes everyone will love!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword pesto chicken salad, tarragon pesto chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 447 kcal
Author Toni Dash


Ingredients for Tarragon-Walnut Pesto:

  • 1/4 cup Walnut halves
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh Tarragon leaves
  • 1 cup fresh Basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large Garlic Clove
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Ingredients for the chicken breasts:

  • 4 6- ounce boneless , skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted Butter
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly Ground Pepper

Ingredients for dressed greens:

  • 6 cups assortment greens , washed and dried
  • Meyer Lemon Salad Dressing or vinaigrette of choice


Instructions for Tarragon-Walnut Pesto:

  1. Place walnuts in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Stirring often allow walnuts to toast to a golden brown, approximately 2 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Combine the tarragon, basil, garlic clove and walnuts in the bowl of a food processor. Turn the food processor on and while the ingredients are processing drizzle in the olive oil until all ingredients are pulverized into a pesto.
  3. Taste and add salt and pepper to your preference. Reserve pesto for the chicken.

Ingredients for the chicken breasts:

  1. In a large skillet or casserole (with lid) over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Sprinkle the salt and pepper on the chicken breasts. Lower heat to medium and place the chicken breasts in the pan for 2 ½ minutes (uncovered).
  2. Turn chicken to the opposite side and cook for 3 minutes (uncovered).
  3. Brush or spoon-and-smear the chicken breasts with the pesto on both sides.
  4. Turn off the heat, cover the chicken and allow to sit for 8-10 minutes (if chicken breasts are larger allow to sit 10 minutes).
  5. While chicken is sitting, toss the greens with salad dressing and place serving portions on individual plates (1 1/2 cups per person).
  6. When chicken is complete, slice each breast and place it on a bed of dressed greens. Additional pesto may be added to the chicken breast before slicing if desired. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Tarragon Pesto Chicken Breast with dressed greens
Amount Per Serving
Calories 447 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 357mg15%
Potassium 1429mg41%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 2460IU49%
Vitamin C 20.3mg25%
Calcium 406mg41%
Iron 11.6mg64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.