Hatch Green Chile Pesto Chicken

By: Kendra Espiritu


- 2 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp coriander
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 4 tbsp salt
- 2 tsp parsley flake
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup basil
- 1/2 cup Hatch Green Chile 
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1/2 cup monterey jack cheese (mild white cheese of choice)
- 1 lb. chicken breast


1. Combine 1 tbsp of each of the following in a gallon freezer bag: cumin, coriander, chili powder and coconut aminos. Add 3 tbsp of salt and 1 crushed clove of garlic.
2. Place chicken in the bag and cover with water.
3. Smush (technical term) the mixture around until combined and chicken is coated.
4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
5. Combine basil, green chile, and remaining garlic in blender or food processor and blend till smooth.
6. Add toasted pine nuts, salt and pepper to the blender and give it a rough pulse.
7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
8. Remove chicken from bag and pat dry.
9. Slice the chicken open like a book.
10. Layer: pesto, shredded cheese, pesto. Fasten closed with toothpicks.
11. In a small bowl, combine remaining spices (or any you would like), add coconut oil and make a paste.
12. Top chicken with the herb paste. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees (mine took 22 minutes).

13. Enjoy the fruits of you labor!


If you don't have any of our frozen roasted green chiles you can substitute in our Hatch Green Chile Roast. Or if you're feeling up to the challenge you can roast your own Fresh Hatch Green Chile!

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