The challenges of multi-tasking

I normally pride myself on my ability to multi-task.  As a working mom with lots of interests, it can help me get everything done. Last night i was roasting chicken breasts for tonight’s pesto chicken salad while I was making the Shrimp Fradiavolo and helping with homework.  Only problem was that when the timer went off for the chicken, I didn’t even register what it was and kept right on working on shrimp and homework.  About 25 minutes later I remembered the chicken.  EEK!  While you don’t want chicken undercooked, you certainly don’t want it overcooked either.  It gets so dry it can be hard to eat.  Fortunately, in this recipe it gets mixed with mayonnaise and pesto so it was still good!

Pesto chicken salad

  • bone-in chicken breasts
  • 5 TB olive oil (divided use)
  • 1 TB red wine vinegar
  • salad greens
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1 large shallot (or two small), minced

Preheat oven to 350.  Rub chicken with 1 TB olive oil, salt and pepper and roast for 35 – 40 minutes or until done (preferably not for lots longer!).  Remove from oven.  Let cool and chop chicken into bitesize pieces.

In a large bowl whisk together remaining olive oil and vinegar.  Toss greens and cherry tomatoes in oil and vinegar.

In a smaller bowl combine pesto, mayo and shallots.  Stir in chicken.

Arrange greens on plates and top with chicken salad.

Focus on eating your dinner instead of multi-tasking for tomorrow night!

Pesto chicken salad

Pesto chicken salad

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About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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