Pesto Chicken

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  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 chicken quarters
  • 1 (18 oz) package polenta, cut into ¼” thick rounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Add garlic, spinach, basil, pine nuts and 1 tablespoon of the oil into a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Start the food processor and pour the rest of the oil in a slow, steady stream. Add parmesan, salt, and pepper; pulse to combine. Pesto is complete.
  3. On a clean work surface, spread pesto underneath the skin of chicken; using remaining pesto on top.
  4. Using a roasting pan with drip tray, spread 2 tablespoons of olive oil on the bottom pan and lay polenta rounds inside; season with salt and pepper. Laying the drip pan over the top, then add chicken to the pan.
  5. Season chicken with salt and pepper then bake for 35-45 minutes or until juices run clear.

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