Macadamia Pesto Chicken Recipe

Written by Allison Canty
on January 29, 2020

 Pesto Chicken


Smother juicy chicken breasts in a sweet and tangy pesto sauce made from fresh arugula, basil and raw macadamia nuts. This easy weeknight meal comes together quickly and will easily satisfy a crowd.

Best for: Keto & Paleo Meal Option

Prep Time:

5 minutes

Cook Time:

18 minutes

Cool Time:

0 minutes

Total Time:

23 minutes


  • 1 Tbsp + 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 large lemon, juiced


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. 
  2. Pat chicken dry then season with lemon pepper and salt to taste.
  3. Add chicken to hot skillet and sear 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer skillet to the oven for 6-10 minutes, until cooked through. Cook times will vary based on thickness. Remove and rest 5-10 minutes then slice. 
  4. In a food processor or high speed blender, combine macadamia nuts, arugula, basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Pulse until combined but still slightly chunky.
  5. Smother chicken slices in pesto.


4 (2-4 chicken breasts)

Nutritional Information per Serving:

  • Calories 417.2 kcal
  • Fat 28.5g
  • Total Carbs 3.2g
  • Sugars 0.9g (Sugar Alcohols 0g)
  • Fiber 1.2g
  • Sodium 178.5mg
  • Protein 36.8g

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Author: SuperFat Staff

Published: Jan. 27, 2020

The SuperFat Staff are always on the lookout to help share nutritious and delicious recipes with our community.

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