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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Garlic Chicken with Mozzarella & Mint Pesto #Foodie Friday #Farm to Table

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This post is sponsored by Field Goods. All opinions are my own.

I've had shares in CSA's in the past and especially with kids trying to find creative things to do with your four pounds of kale can be daunting. But now that we are not around enough in the summer to keep a garden; I have been trying to figure out ways to enjoy fresh local produce more.

Field Goods delivery: simplelivingeating.com

There is alternative to direct membership in a single farm. A company called Field Goods serves (in New York State: the Albany area to the Hudson Valley) provides fruits, vegetables, bread and cheese from small farms in the region. 


The week before I received my delivery I was email the most likely list of items I would be getting along with links for recipe ideas... this was great for meal planning. 

Field Goods delivery: simplelivingeating.com

My family and I were very excited going through our delivery. My daughter compared it to an episode on Chopped where you had certain foods to put together to make a meal. 

The order included: canola oil, Japanese Turnips, beets, a lettuce mix, apples, spinach, mint, fresh mozzarella and Ciabatta bread along with a garlic season mix.

Garlic Chicken w/ Mozzarella & Mint Pesto: simplelivingeating.com

I had bought some chicken breasts and we decided to rub the garlic seasoning on the breasts and saute them. You can easily make a rub out of garlic powder and a seasoning mix of your choice like Italian, along with some salt and pepper.

When the chicken was cooked we put it under the broiler and melted the mozzarella over each breast.  When they were done we drizzled a pesto that we made from the mint and some olive oil. I sautéed the spinach with some olive oil and sprinkled some zest from a lemon over it.

Garlic Chicken w/ Mozzarella & Mint Pesto: simplelivingeating.com

We enjoyed the fresh bread with our meal and decided to make a large salad for dinner the next night by grating up the turnips, beets, apples and mixing them with the lettuce.

If you are person who cooks regularly it really wasn't hard to come up with ideas on how to use the delivery. It was a lot easier than a straight vegetable share from a CSA. Having a greater variety of items made it much easier to meal plan. So, check out Field Goods... you can just give them a try... no required long term commitment. 

Garlic Chicken w/ Mozzarella & Mint Pesto: simplelivingeating.com

Garlic Chicken with Mozzarella & Mint Pesto

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation 20 minutes                                 serves: 4


Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts
garlic rub (garlic powder, seasoning mix of choice and salt & pepper)
4 slices of mozzarella
1 bunch of herbs (mint, basil, parsley, tarragon all work)
extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 bunch of baby spinach
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions:

1) Puree herbs in a food processor or blender, equal parts herb to EVOO add a pinch of salt.

2) Heat a cast iron skillet on medium high heat add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

3) Rub chicken with garlic mixture. 

4) When skillet is hot cook chicken about 4 minutes per side or until no longer pink in center.

5) While the chicken is cooking heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil in pan and add spinach with a pinch of salt. Cook until spinach wilts, then add lemon zest, mix.

6) When chicken is cooked put a slice of mozzarella on each piece and transfer skillet to oven. Broil for about 3 minutes or until mozzarella melts well and gets a little brown.

7) Plate chicken on top of spinach. Serve with rice, potatoes, or bread.









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31 comments:

  1. Hi Diane,
    That is a great looking basket of vegetables. I just love your Mint Pesto and will sure have to give that a try, it is a perfect paring with your awesome chicken. Have a great weekend and thanks for the party!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen... the vegetables were one of the best things I've ever gotten to review.

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  2. Thanks for hosting Diane - love all the herbs you used in your dish! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Deb,
      It is so wonderful when everything is super fresh.

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  3. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting the party. I wanted to have a garden again this year but time is short.
    Annamaria

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    1. It is really short in our part of the country.

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  4. The chicken look divine! The mint pesto sounds very unique too. We've been getting a local produce delivery for a month or so now, similar to this. We can choose between a fruit box, veggie box, mixed, or what they call a "Utah" box that has more of the variety like you got. It's my favorite delivery every week.

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    1. Wonderful to hear that company's like Fields Good are popping up all over the country.

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  5. Thanks so much for featuring my Bean Salad! It was a beautiful surprise! I am grabbing my button!

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    1. You are very welcomed. Really a terrific salad.

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  6. I love the variety in your box!! There is only one CSA in my area, and they are completely booked every year from the previous year's members! The chicken looks delicious Diane. Luckily I have mint growing wild out back, so I'm set. Have a wonderful weekend!!

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    1. Wild mint... how cool. A summer supply of mojitos.

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  7. Thanks so much for hosting! Have a great weekend! :)

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  8. Your dish looks fantastic and I'm a pesto-freak :)
    I cannot eat though (you may remember that we don't mix meat/chicken with dairy)_
    Thank you for the party Diane!

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    1. I never thought of making pesto with mint... now I realize that you really can make it out of anything.

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  9. Your daughter is right - that does sound like an episode of Chopped. You did a fantastic job. Thanks for hosting and have a nice weekend.

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    1. Thanks Sam,
      I love that my whole family gets excited about food.

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  10. Diane, your garlic chicken sounds so delicious! Many thanks for always hosting such a wonderful link party!

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  11. Wow, Diane, your chicken looks delicious and so do all the fabulous features. I have service that is similar and I love getting a surprise each week. It certainly gets you thinking, lol. Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting.

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    1. So you use a service like this... it keeps your cooking skills sharp.

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  12. Dear Diane, What an exciting experience! It is like Chopped. The chicken looks wonderful..the mint is a refreshing combo. Thank you for hosting and featuring my chicken. Blessings dear, Catherine xo

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    1. Thanks Catherine,
      I think my kids enjoyed trying to figure out what to cook even more than me. Which is good because I knew they were going to eat it all.

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  13. Fabulous party! Thanks for hosting. Please come and party with us. We would love to have you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

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  14. Thanks for hosting Diane and have a great weekend! :)

    Sandi @ A New York Foodie

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    1. Good to see you Sandi.
      Boy do we have a beautiful weekend here in NY.

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  15. I've had pesto on my mind for a week now...I think this is a sign that I must make it soon!

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    1. There are enough greens around now that I would say it's pesto time.

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  16. Your recipe looks great, I'm dying to know how mint pesto tastes!! Wish I lived in an area that had something like Field Goods offered, sounds fabulous. Thank you for sharing at #GetHimFed Fridays! :)

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  17. This looks so good! Pinned! Thanks for being a part of our party. Please join us tonight at 7 pm. We love having you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  18. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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