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Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

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!

Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

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!

Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

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

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Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad


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Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

Directions

  • 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

  • Nutrition

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    Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

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    Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad





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    Author: Lexi
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    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

      Directions

    • 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

    • Nutrition

      Loading nutrition data...

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      December 29, 2013

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      12 responses to “Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad”

      1. Cassie says:

        This looks amazing – I would have never thought to just use crockpot shredded chicken and pesto. Such a great staple to have on hand all week!

      2. Happy guy says:

        Hey found you through facebook and I like your website a lot. I like your recipes too and I just wanted to say keep up the good work!

      3. Tammy says:

        Hi Lexi,
        I just came across your blog. I started eating clean one week ago today. 🙂 I decided to do so for all the same reasons you did – but I’m hoping for a nice side benefit of -50 lbs 🙂 Wish me luck!

        I’m looking forward to trying your recipes and I’m starting with your crock-pot pesto chicken salad.

        Everything looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your passion with the world!

      4. Oh yum! This looks deelish and sounds so easy to make! We’ve never seen a recipe like this before so we’ll have to give it a go, thanks 🙂

      5. Meredith N. says:

        I cannot wait to try this! Looove chicken salad!

      6. Vanessa says:

        Made this tonight for our lunch for the rest of the week! Soooooo good!! Love that your recipes are so simple and tasty!!

      7. Jaclyn says:

        This was delicious! Both my husband and I loved it. Thank you!

      8. Jessica Mathisen says:

        Is this a recipe that could be freezer friendly? Could I make it and then put it in the freezer and prepare it in the crockpot later?

      9. Trea says:

        This recipe sounds amazing but my family prefers chicken thighs, would you alter the recipe if you were using thighs or still use 1.5 lbs for 3hrs?

      10. Kelly says:

        Hi, about how much pesto sauce does this recipe make?

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