Carrot Greens Pesto Chicken and Roasted Vegetables

This Carrot Greens Pesto Chicken with Roasted Vegetables recipe is easy and healthy! The chicken and vegetables are covered in carrot top pesto for a burst of flavor. This meal comes together in under an hour and is a perfect weeknight meal.

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How to Make Carrot Greens Pesto Chicken w/ Roasted Veggies

  1. Make carrot greens pesto (recipe below), which can be prepared in advance.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400° and spray both baking pans with non-stick spray. Prep the vegetables and cut them to be similarly sized. Place the veggies in the larger roasting pan or baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Put the chicken breasts in the smaller baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place everything in the oven. Take out the chicken after 20 minutes. Stir the veggies and allow them to continue baking for 5 more minutes. Turn the broiler on high and roast for 5 more minutes.
  4. Brush each chicken breast with carrot greens pesto and then take the remaining pesto and add it to the roasted veggies.

Ingredients Needed to Make this Dish

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Brussel sprouts
  • carrots
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic clove
  • walnuts (could also use pine nuts or almonds)
  • fresh carrot top greens
  • fresh basil leaves,
  • shredded parmesan cheese

What is Carrot Greens Pesto?

Carrot Greens Pesto is similar to traditional pesto but with added fresh carrot tops. This is a great way to eliminate waste in your kitchen, especially if you are using food from your garden! My recipe has walnuts and a little bit of basil but you can make substitutions as you would like. See my full post about Carrot Greens Pesto here.

What Makes This Meal Healthy?

  • Chicken is a great source of protein, is low in saturated fat, and essential vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, and iron.
  • The top green part of a carrot is rich in nutrients, like vitamin C, calcium, and potassium to name a few.
  • Carrots have beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, and potassium.
  • Brussel sprouts are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.
  • This dish is also Gluten-Free!

Tips and Variations for this Recipe

  • You can use any vegetables you like or have on hand for this dish, as long as they are good for roasting. Some alternatives are potatoes, onions, leeks, turnips, squash, etc.
  • The carrot greens pesto is really delicious and made sense since I was cooking with the carrots from my garden. BUT, you can use store-bought pesto and this dish will be just as delicious.
  • I use two different pans for this meal because the chicken will cook at a different time than the veggies. You don’t want to overcook the chicken or undercook the veggies. 
  • If someone has a nut allergy, you can omit the nuts from the pesto.
baked chicken and veggies with carrot greens pesto
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Carrot Greens Pesto Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

Make a healthy and easy dinner with baked chicken and roasted vegetables covered in Carrot Greens Basil.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked chicken breast, brussel sprouts, carrot greens pesto, carrot top recipe, carrots, gluten free dinner, gluten free recipe, healthy dinner, healthy recipe, roasted vegetables
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • food processor
  • large baking dish or sheet
  • small baking dish
  • basting brush
  • non-stick spray

Ingredients

  • ½-¾ cup carrot greens pesto (recipe below)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups Brussel sprouts, cut in half
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and cut into similar sized pieces as Brussel Sprouts
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Prepare the carrot greens pesto (recipe below) and set aside until ready to use. This can be prepared 2-3 days in advance and stored in the fridge.
  • Preheat the oven to 400° and spray both baking pans with non-stick spray. Peel the carrots first and then clean and cut the carrots and Brussel sprouts into similar-sized pieces so they all cook at the same time. Place the veggies in the larger roasting pan or baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix with hands or a spoon to ensure everything is covered.
    fresh brussel sprouts and carrots in a baking dish
  • Place the chicken breasts in the smaller baking dish and sprinkle both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken and the veggies in the oven. Pull out the chicken after 20 minutes. Stir the veggies and allow them to continue baking for 5 more minutes. Turn the broiler on high and roast for 5 more minutes to get a nice char on the veggies and then remove them from the oven.
    raw chicken with salt and pepper in a roasting dish
  • Brush each chicken breast with carrot greens pesto and then take the remaining pesto and add it to the roasted veggies. Stir the veggies to fully coat them with pesto. Serve each chicken breast on top of a pile of roasted veggies and enjoy!

Notes

  • I use two different pans for this meal because the chicken will cook at a different time than the veggies. You don’t want to overcook the chicken or undercook the veggies. 
  • I used carrots and Brussel sprouts for my veggies but you can use any vegetables you love or have on hand like potatoes, onions, leeks, turnips, squash, etc. You just want vegetables that roast well and are cut in about the same size pieces. 
carrot greens pesto in a bowl
carrot top pesto
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Carrot Greens Pesto

Course Condiment, Dip, Homemade Ingredient, Sauce, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot greens pesto, carrot top greens, carrot top pesto, carrot top recipe, homemade pesto, no waste recipe, pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tbsp walnuts (could also use pine nuts or almonds)
  • ½ cup fresh carrot top greens
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, gently packed
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add the garlic and nuts to the food processor and pulse until you get a paste.
    nuts and garlic in food processor for pesto
  • Next, add the carrot greens, basil, and parmesan and continue to process until everything is nicely combined into another paste.
    carrot top pesto before oil is added
  • Drizzle in the olive oil while processing until you get the desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    carrot greens pesto in a food processor

Notes

  • I find that because this recipe has raw garlic if the pesto has a chance to chill in the fridge the spicy garlic flavor tones down a bit. You could also cook the garlic in the olive oil for a minute or two on the stove before adding if you want a milder, sweeter garlic flavor. 
  • If you like a thinner, sauce-like consistency you may want to add more olive oil or less if you like a thicker pesto.
  • If storing this pesto in the fridge before serving, place plastic wrap directly on the surface to avoid a crust or discolorization.
carrot greens pesto in a bowl with plastic wrap on top

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