Italian-Style Chicken & Zucchini with Pesto-Pepper Farro
Nutritionist's Pick

Italian-Style Chicken & Zucchini

with Pesto-Pepper Farro

35 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

This simple dish is packed with vibrant Italian flavors like basil (the beloved, aromatic herb at the heart of our irresistible pesto), as well as a blend of classic seasonings like the fragrant dried rosemary and sage used to coat our chicken.
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Italian-Style Chicken & Zucchini with Pesto-Pepper Farro
Title
  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • ½ cup Semi-Pearled Farro
  • 1 Zucchini
  • ½ oz Pickled Peppadew Peppers
  • 1 Lemon
  • 3 Tbsps Basil Pesto
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (Whole Dried Basil, Sage, Oregano, Savory, Rosemary, Thyme & Marjoram)
Cook the farro
1 Cook the farro

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the farro and cook, uncovered, 18 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook the chicken
2 Cook the chicken

Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season on both sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the Italian seasoning to coat (you may have extra). In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken. Cook 6 to 9 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board.

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 165°F for chicken.

Prepare the ingredients
3 Prepare the ingredients

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Thinly slice the zucchini into rounds. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Roughly chop the peppers.

Cook the zucchini
4 Cook the zucchini

In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini rounds in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Turn off the heat. Carefully stir in the juice of 2 lemon wedges. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Finish the farro & serve your dish
5 Finish the farro & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked farro, add the pesto, chopped peppers, half the parmesan, and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the cooked chicken crosswise. Serve the sliced chicken with the finished farro and cooked zucchini. Garnish with the remaining parmesan. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Cook the farro
1 Cook the farro

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the farro and cook, uncovered, 18 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

2 Cook the chicken

Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season on both sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the Italian seasoning to coat (you may have extra). In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken. Cook 6 to 9 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board.

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 165°F for chicken.

Cook the chicken
Prepare the ingredients
3 Prepare the ingredients

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Thinly slice the zucchini into rounds. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Roughly chop the peppers.

4 Cook the zucchini

In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini rounds in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Turn off the heat. Carefully stir in the juice of 2 lemon wedges. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Cook the zucchini
Finish the farro & serve your dish
5 Finish the farro & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked farro, add the pesto, chopped peppers, half the parmesan, and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the cooked chicken crosswise. Serve the sliced chicken with the finished farro and cooked zucchini. Garnish with the remaining parmesan. Enjoy!

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