Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

SAVORY SUNDAYS

After a great vacation in Jamaica and an unplanned week off of LCK… I am back! I am ready for a new year filled with new endeavors and of course loads of new recipes! So. Many. Recipes. If you could only see my notes app on my iPhone. Every time I get inspired I jot down messages to myself. With over 75 of these messages, I can’t wait to get the new year rolling in the kitchen! 

Aside from Sunday’s meaning a Savory Sunday dish on the blog, for me it also usually means some MEAL PREP for the week (excluding this week, because I am off until Thursday). I’ve talked a bit about the importance of meal prepping, and I can’t stress it enough if you are new to a clean eating lifestyle. Like seriously, it is a huge and important part of my week that ensures the up keep of a healthy lifestyle. Now, don’t get me wrong… there are weekends I am away and don’t have the opporunity to meal prep (that’s life), and on those few days when I am scrambling for lunches I truly am reminded of how important it is to prep ahead of time!

Which brings me to….. BUSTING OUT THE CROCK-POT! Hello, lifesaver. Making crock-pot shredded chicken is as easy as 1-2-turn it on and leave. I love this lunch in particular because you can do a lot with it. I eat it in plain a bowl, wrapped in a lettuce leaf, top it on a salad, etc. Anything you’d like to do with pesto chicken, do it here. Delicious, easy, and makes a lot!

Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

Preparation 2017-03-29T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 2017-03-29T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 1     adjust servings

Ingredients

Crock Pot Chicken

Pesto Sauce

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup cashews, walnuts, or nuts of choice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Dash Himalayan sea salt, to taste
  • Dash Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh parmesan cheese
  • Optional: Dash red pepper flakes

Additional ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

Instructions

  • Using your crock-pot, follow these directions to make your shredded chicken
  • While chicken is cooking, make pesto and set aside in fridge
  • Once chicken is removed and shredded or cubed, in a bowl combine chicken and pesto
  • In a small pan, place 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts and toast for 3-4 minutes, mixing often
  • Add in pine nuts and any other additions. Store in fridge.
  • Recipe Notes

  • Cheese of choice
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Pesto-Chicken-Salad4

    Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

    Do you meal prep? What is your go-to lunch that you make ahead for the week?

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