Paleo Pesto Chicken Salad

Thursday, January 23, 2014

This recipe has been by far my favorite for the week!  I could have eaten this stuff everyday all day.  But then again I've always been a big fan of pesto and of chicken salad.  This recipe is another one that came from Chis Kresser's book.  When I first saw this recipe I was so excited because it was going to teach me how to make pesto.  Which is super easy, by the way.  Well, as long as you can find enough basil in the grocery store!

I can't wait until I have a house with a garden to grow my own.  Or just more room in a place to keep a bigger indoor plant!  In the original recipe he did have some portabello mushrooms that you could fry up and make a sandwich of sorts with it.  However, I just ate mine on some spinach.  It's also good plain or you could get some large leaf lettuce and wrap it in that for a sandwich.

Don't think you have to miss out on sandwiches just because you don't have the typical ingredient of bread that most people think of when the word sandwich is mentioned.  One of my favorite foods to get for eating out is the "unwich" that they sell at Jimmy Johns!  Although Adam would disagree because he ate there so much while on the road with his basketball team last year.

Well anyways miss scatter brain here needs to focus!  It's just been one of those weeks!  If you like chicken and mayo and pesto then give this recipe a shot because I am almost certain that you will not regret it!


  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 c basil (must be fresh)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
Chicken Salad
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 tbsp shallot or red onion
  • 1/4 c paleo mayo
  1. Combine pine nuts, basil, olive oil, and salt in a food processor.
  2. Blend until you get a smooth consistent mixture.
  3. Place chicken in a pan, add 1 tbsp salt and enough water to cover the chicken.
  4. Bring water to a boil.  Once there boil chicken for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken to let cool a bit.  Then with a couple of forks pull the chicken apart into some nicely shredded meat.
  6. Chop your celery and shallots.  You can chop them into really small pieces or leave them bigger. It's all preference.
  7. In a mixing bowl add half of the pesto mixture, mayo, celery, shallots, and chicken.
  8. Mix until everything is well coated in mayo and pesto.
  9. Enjoy!

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