Friday, February 26, 2010

Chicken with Arugula Pesto

Do you love arugula?
I do.
It is a delicate little green that has a big bite. It is often described as "peppery" and as having a "strong" flavor.
It definitely has some taste to it and I think it is wonderful.

I love using arugula in salads, on sandwiches, pizza, basically anywhere you would use spinach.
I had a couple cups left in my fridge a couple of weeks ago and decided I wanted to make pesto with it.
I found this recipe for Chicken with Arugula Pesto on epicurious.com and thought chicken would be great with the pesto.
Some of the recipe reviews said that they subbed in a cup or so of spinach in the pesto to tone down the arugula and I am sure that was a tasty substitution.

The leftover pesto is great spread on sandwiches, wraps, as a base sauce for pizza or even with pasta.

The recipe called for poached chicken, but seared both sides of my chicken before I added the broth to the pan, so that the chicken would have a better texture on the exterior.
I should have sliced the chicken for the picture, it would have looked better, but thought of that after the fact. Oh well! It was yummy!

Recipe for Chicken with Arugula Pesto

7 comments:

Beth said...

I adore Rocket (we call it Rocket in the UK) and I love Pesto - great flavour combo.

Barbara said...

Great idea to use arugula to make pesto! And the color is brilliant.

Mommy Gourmet said...

Oh my, that, that I will be trying.

Joanne said...

I have been craving arugula lately and am not really sure why. This looks delicious!

Sook said...

I don't think I've ever had argula before but sounds delicious!

Chef Aimee said...

I am growing to love arugula more and more and like the idea of turning it into pesto! Thanks for sharing this.

bjandcec said...

Mare,
I love your blog. I just typed in red potatoes and already have printed 3 recipes I want to try. Thanks so much for sharing one your great talents. Love, Mom