Game Day Goodie: Pesto Chicken Roll-Ups

by | Sep 8, 2017 | Articles, Life & Style, Nutrition


What you will need

1 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves

1 cup fresh basil leaves

2 tbs fresh oregano leaves

2 tbs fresh sage leaves

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 tbs pine nuts

1 tbs lemon juice

6 chicken cutlets (about 4.5 oz each)

cooking spray



Preheat grill to 400 degrees F.


Combine parsley, basil, oregano, sage, garlic, parmesan, pine nuts and lemon juice in a food processor. Pulse until it becomes a paste, about 1 minute. Set aside.


Cover a cutting board with plastic wrap, place one or two chicken cutlets on the plastic and then cover cutlets with a second piece of plastic wrap. Using a meat tenderizer, pound chicken from center outward. Flip chicken and both layers of plastic wrap and pound the underside, achieving long pieces of meat. Once cutlets reach ¼ – inch thickness, repeat the process with remaining cutlets.


Remove chicken from plastic wrap and spread 1 to 2 tbs of pesto over each piece in an even, thin layer.


Begin rolling chicken from the widest end as tightly as possible. Fully coat all roll-ups with cooking spray and place on preheated grill. Use tongs to turn chicken rolls over every 3-5 minutes until they are cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and desired crispiness is achieved.


If rolls begin to unravel, poke them all the way through with a toothpick or skewer. Remove from grill and let stand 10 minutes before serving.


Recipe via
Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts per Serving (1 roll-up)
Calories: 222, Fat: 10 gm, Protein: 30 gm, Carbohydrates: 3 gm, Fiber: 0 gm