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Diabetic Pesto Chicken Recipe with Brown Rice

Chef Randy , On October 20, 2021


Diabetic Pesto Chicken Recipe Overview

This diabetic meal comes together in 2 skillets and incorporates the earthy richness of pesto and Italian seasonings with the fresh and sweet accent of red bell peppers. Paired with brown rice and asparagus spears, this tender diabetic chicken recipe is sure to make your mouth water, as well as give you the confidence you are controlling your blood sugar levels. This recipe is also good for pre-diabetic patients monitoring their pre diabetes glucose level.

Equipment needed for this diabetic chicken recipe with pesto

diabetic chicken recipe

Equipment for this diabetic chicken recipe.

  • 2 skillets

  • Spatula

  • Cutting board

  • Knife

  • Measuring cups

Ingredients for this diabetic chicken recipe with pesto

diabetic chicken recipe ingredients

Ingredients for this diabetic chicken recipe.

  • 2 cups chicken strips (breast meat or thigh, your preference)

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning*

  • 1/4 stick butter

  • 3 tbsp pesto sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1/2 red bell pepper cut into strips

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice (prepared your own way – rice cooker, stovetop…)

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

  • 1 cup fresh asparagus segments

  • *Italian seasoning blend and proportions: [3 parts oregano, 2 parts marjoram, 2 parts thyme, 1 part basil, 1 part rosemary, 1 part sage]

Diabetic chicken recipe with pesto cooking instructions

    Diabetic chicken recipe cooking instructions:

  • Heat a large skillet with olive oil, butter and Italian seasoning. Cook until the butter begins to brown and foam. (1,2,3)

    melt butter in pan

    Add butter and seasoning.

  • Put the chicken in the skillet and brown on all sides for about 6-7 minutes (4).

    add chicken

    Add the chicken.

  • Add the pesto sauce and red bell pepper. (5,6)

    add pesto

    Add the pesto and bell pepper.

  • Cover and cook on medium/low for 4-5 minutes until the peppers are tender and the chicken is cooked all the way through.

  • Diabetic chicken recipe brown rice instructions:

  • Prepare brown rice in a saucepan or make brown rice in a rice cooker and add to this recipe.

  • Diabetic chicken recipe asparagus spears cooking directions:

  • In the other skillet prepare your asparagus by adding butter and olive oil to the bottom of skillet (1) & (2).

    add asparagus

    Sear the asparagus spears in a skillet.

  • Add the asparagus segments and sauté for a few minutes. The longer you cook, the more tender they will get. Cook to your preference. I prefer almost crunchy, so short cooking time for me.

  • When the asparagus is just right for you, add the cooked brown rice and mix to combine well, cook until hot.

    add asparagus

    Plate the diabetic peso recipe and serve with brown rice and veggie.

  • Serve and enjoy this diabetic meal.

Chef Randy

After graduating from LeCordon Bleu at the top of his class Chef Randy dove head-first into a culinary career working in many top-tier restaurants including the Golden 1 Center Arena as a lead cook. He later owned and operated a mobile woodfired pizza concept where he championed whole and natural ingredients. Chef Randy is passionate about healthy food and developing relationships with local providers for true farm-to-fork food production.