Friday, April 15, 2011

Vegetarian Pesto Chicken on Garlic Potatoes Recipe

Day 105.

One of our favorite family recipes is Pesto Chicken and Sweet Potatoes Layered Dinner. I love the sweet potatoes and my husband loves the pesto chicken. So, when I saw this recipe at 21st Century Housewife I thought we might have the best of both worlds. Potatoes my husband will eat and an easy to replace chicken that I would like. We both love pesto and garlic, so this is sure to be a treat.

Pesto Chicken on Garlic Potatoes
Adapted from Pesto Chicken on Garlic Potatoes.
1 bag Quorn Chicken tenders (or 4 C chicken replacement of choice)
¼ C pesto of your choice
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
½ C "bacon" bits 
2 C small potatoes, washed and scrubbed but not peeled
1 to 2 garlic cloves
1 red pepper, de-seeded and chopped (optional)salt and pepper to taste
Put the potatoes in cold water and bring to a boil on the stove top. Parboil for ten minutes, then drain and set aside. When they have cooled slightly, slice each potato in two to three slices.

Mix the pesto with about 1 tablespoon of the oil and brush it on the "chicken"  and heat through.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and gently sauté the onion for a few minutes. Grate in the garlic, add the "bacon" and continue to fry. Add the red pepper, if using. Now toss in the potatoes and continue to cook until they are tender and lightly golden. Add salt and pepper to taste.

When the chicken is cooked, serve it on top of the potatoes.

The Results
Mmm...those potatoes are fantastic. I actually chose to marinate the "chicken" in the pesto, but I'm not suggesting that in the recipe here. It was actually too pestoy for me. What? Insanity, right? I couldn't taste the yummy garlicky potatoes through all that pesto. So I suggest just brushing on the chicken as suggested here. Unfortunately, I still think the potatoes are the best part and the husband still prefers the chicken. But at least we both can eat the whole meal.

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  1. Kristi, I'm so thrilled you adapted one of my recipes! That is so cool! We like Quorn in our house so I'm looking forward to giving your version a try. I like the addition of the "bacon" bits too. Thank you again!

  2. April I'm so glad you saw this! I was just about to pop over and let you know about it. Thanks so much for your original recipe. Fantastic!