Chicken Piccata with fresh Pesto

Below is a simple recipe for fresh pesto. I like this with the pasta I make when we have Chicken Piccata. The fresh herbs and the lemon sauce on the chicken go great together. When I toss the pasta and the pesto, I add about a quarter cup of pasta water to help things mix and stay together.

Classic Pesto


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Process garlic, nuts, basil, oil, Parmesan in food processor until smooth.
  2. Scrape down bowl as needed, about 1 minute.
  3. Add lemon juice.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Process again.

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