Take the stress out of weeknight dinners with this easy and flavorful pistachio-stuffed chicken dish. Serve with a side of your family’s favorite roasted vegetables and you’re set for a balanced meal!
It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the end of August, which means it’s time for another Recipe ReDux and it’s back-to-school season. In a couple of weeks I’ll be sharing a roundup of articles, recipes, and meal planning ideas perfect for families who are running around trying to get all the kids settled into school and still put a Nutritioulicious meal on the table for the family.
In the meantime, this month’s ReDux recipes are sure to give you jump start on making those healthy meals happen. Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the end of my post for everyone’s recipes.
Back to the Dinner Table
After the hustle and bustle of the holiday/vacation season, August is the time many families get ‘back to routine.’ Show us your favorite recipe to help families get ‘back to the dinner table.’ It might be a favorite family recipe from your childhood that you’ve ReDuxed; or maybe it’s your family’s current favorite. Let’s all gather back at the table!
My initial plan was to make my updated version of panko-crusted chicken (you can find the old recipe here, but I’ve made some changes and it’s far improved, so stay tuned for that recipe one of these days!). My go-to side dishes to serve with the panko chicken are my roasted garlicky green beans and roasted sweet potatoes.
Last minute I decided I would coat the chicken breasts in a pistachio crust instead of panko, and then as I fiddled around in the kitchen I ended up with a pistachio paste that just didn’t work as a crust. Lo and behold, we have Pistachio-Stuffed Chicken Breasts, or if you want to be fancy you can call it Pistachio Chicken Rollatini.
The chicken came out really tender and juicy and the pistachio paste sort of melted inside, which led to a nice creaminess when you cut into the chicken breast. The best part: it was relatively quick to make – less than 10 minutes of prep and about 25-30 minutes to cook.
I served it with those planned side dishes, which are always a favorite in my house. Roasted green beans with crisp slices of garlic and well-done cubes of sweet potato. And to add some color and additional flavor to the chicken, I roasted the remaining cherry tomatoes I had sitting on my kitchen counter.
The end result: a balanced plate that will keep the whole family fueled this back to school season.
What’s your family’s favorite recipe for getting back into routine?