Paleo Friendly Pesto Chicken

Lately I’ve started running, when I say that I mean jogging with the occasional sprint away from a dog off it’s leash. Luckily this dog was just over excited and small, so it jumped on me and swiftly jumped off on the look out for the next thing to chase. I digress. Before I sold myself to eating Paleo, I’d shamefully often eat unhealthy food after exercise. Anything I could get my hands on would do. Since going wheat, grain and dairy free I’ve certainly found that my recovery from exercise is much better. So, here’s a healthy post-work out recipe that’s 100% Paleo friendly!

Paleo friendly ingredients

What makes this recipe so Paleo friendly are the fresh and quality ingredients I’ve chosen. Any fresh, lean meat and vegetables will always be Paleo friendly, but usually pesto wouldn’t be. Pesto in it’s essence is not dairy free, this was a major blow to me at first. I thought about making my own, which I still want to do but when I recently found a perfect jar of pesto that is 100% Paleo friendly, I couldn’t wait to try it. Le Conserve Della Nonna Green Pesto Sauce – it’s not just gluten/wheat free but also dairy and soy! There are also no artificial additives, plus it’s made in Italy itself!

paleo friendly pesto

 You can find Le Conserve Della Nonna Green Pesto Sauce in Asda and Ocado – it’s around £2. 

Let’s cook!

Paleo Friendly Pesto Chicken
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
521 calories
41 g
73 g
26 g
32 g
3 g
354 g
157 g
10 g
0 g
21 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 521
Calories from Fat 227
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 73mg
Sodium 157mg
Total Carbohydrates 41g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 10g
Protein 32g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 Red pepper
  2. 2 Chicken breasts
  3. 2-3 tsp Le Conserve Della Nonna Green Pesto Sauce
  4. Juice from 1/2 a lime
  5. 25g pine nuts
  6. 2 tsp ground almonds
  7. 2-3 medium sweet potatoes
  8. Smoked paprika
  9. Oil for cooking
  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C, 400°F, or Gas Mark 6.
  2. Chip the sweet potatoes and place in a bowl
  3. Toss around in a drizzle of oil (coconut oil is very nice - you'll need to melt it before)
  4. Sprinkle some smoked paprika in and mix again
  5. Gently tip the bowl of fries out on to a foil lined baking tray.
  6. - These need to cook for around 20-25 minutes, depending on how crispy you like them
  7. Whilst the fries are cooking, place the chicken breasts in an oven proof dish
  8. Chop the red pepper and throw on top of the chicken
  9. Squeeze over the lime juice, sprinkle the ground almonds on top and scatter the pine nuts in
  10. Cover the chicken breasts with around 1.5 tsp of pesto each, or however much you like!
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And here’s what it should look like: 

paleo friendly pesto chicken

More Paleo friendly recipes

When I use the term Paleo friendly I mean food that is lean, clean, fresh and does not contain anything article or processed. Paleo eradicates Wheat (flour, bread, pasta), Grain (rice) and Dairy from the diet. 

If you’re interested in exploring this lifestyle look here for more Paleo friendly recipes!



  1. Do you use a fan assisted oven? Not sure if I need to adjust my temperatures.



    1. This wasn’t in a fan assisted oven. Let me know how you get on with the recipe. 🙂


  2. My boyfriend loved this – he keeps asking when i’m going to make it again!


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