Broccoli Pesto Chicken and Rice

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 small heads broccoli, florets removed and blanched, divided
  • 1 c. fresh basil
  • 1/2 c. plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan 
  • 1/4 c. raw almonds 
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt 
  • 8 Bounty Fresh Thigh Fillet Chicken Cut-Ups
  • Freshly ground black pepper 
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, for garnish 

PROCEDURE:

  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, make pesto: In a food processor, blend half the broccoli, basil, and 1/2 cup oil until combined. Add Parmesan, almonds, and garlic and season with salt; blend until combined.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat remaining tablespoon oil. Season chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper. Add chicken and cook until skin is crispy and chicken no longer pink, 10 to 12 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. 
  4. Add cooked rice to skillet and stir until coated in chicken juices. Return chicken to skillet and add remaining broccoli.
  5. Dollop with broccoli pesto and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.