Chicken with Ginger Pesto Recipe -
Chicken with Ginger Pesto Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Chicken with Ginger Pesto

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"This is my version of a Chinese classic, Cold Ginger Chicken. I like to serve this with steamed jasmine rice and Japanese-style marinated cucumbers. It makes for a pretty presentation when sliced on bias and served with the bright green, fresh sauce drizzled all over it."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Pour the white wine into a saucepan of lightly salted water, and place the chicken breasts into the pan. Bring the pan to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer the chicken until cooked through and white, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, and let the chicken cool in the broth. Remove from the broth, and set the chicken aside.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-low heat, and stir in the ginger, garlic, salt, and sugar. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is browned and soft, and the oil is flavored, about 20 minutes. Stir in the green onions, and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the white parts of the onions are soft.
  3. Slice the poached chicken breasts on the bias into slices about 1 inch wide, and arrange attractively on a plate. Spoon the green onion mixture over the chicken breasts, and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 03, 2009

I think the salt amount was a typo. The salt was overpowering and almost made it inedible. However, my family agreed that this would probably have been delicious if the salt had been reduced to about 1/2 tsp, so I'm giving it 4 stars with the hope that it can be salvaged just by that one change.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 21, 2009

This is NOT a pesto. This recipe is at a good start however needs a fair amount of changes and additions. Suggestions - Don't skimp on the green onions, shortly after adding green onions add 1-2T of lemon juice (this will add a little zest and freshness to the taste). As other reviewers have written... 1t. of salt is definitely enough. Lastly, ginger burns easily, so be careful because that can definitely make or break the dish.


10 Ratings

Nov 09, 2009

1 Tbl. salt is a bit much for the onion mixture. I think most of that is meant to go in the poaching bath so take note! I only used a dash and it was adequate. Very tasty! I also doubled the onion/garlic/ginger sauce mix as we wanted more :) I also substituted for part of the oil unrefined coconut oil used for cooking that, unlike the refined, has a faint flavor of coconut. Mmmm.

Nov 02, 2009

EXCELLENT! I prepared it just as stated and it was not only tasty, but beautiful as well. I will next serve this for some company I'm expecting this weekend. Thanks!

Jan 04, 2010

I loved this. the "pesto" was so delicious, that even though I made double the sauce, my husband and I still wanted more! It was just the right about of sweet and savory. Of course, I read the reviews prior to making it and cut the salt way down.

Oct 10, 2011

I loved this! Cooking for one I used 1 chicken breast and halved the sauce, but I would have been happy with more! A few notes - I put about a teaspoon of salt in the poaching water, and then half a tsp into the sauce. (double those amounts if making the whole recipe). Don't put all of the salt into the sauce! This is not a real pesto, but that's OK! She says it's a variation on a Chinese dish, not an Italian dish. I will definitely make this again!

Jan 11, 2010

Yum, yum, yum! The garlic sort of caramelizes and adds this delicious little crunch to the chicken. I will likely double the sauce next time - we all craved more garlic and onion to add to each morsel of chicken.

Nov 23, 2009

Very yummy. Followed recipe exactly except only used 1 tsp salt


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  • Calories
  • 201 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.5 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 59 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 9.2 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 22.6 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 926 mg
  • 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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