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Spicy Pesto Chicken Thighs

Spicy Pesto Chicken Thighs

This recipe uses a sweet and spicy pesto that is homemade, paleo-friendly and nut-free. This pesto can also be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge and added to any dish. A great vegetarian option would be to swap the chicken thighs for cauliflower florets!

Spicy Pesto Chicken Thighs


Serves 5

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes



  • 1 packed cup fresh basil leaves
  • ⅓ cup raw sunflower seeds, lightly toasted
  • ¼ cup Lee’s Ghee (Plain Jane)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 10 organic chicken thighs


  1. Preheat the oven to 435°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. In a miniature food processor, add the basil, sunflower seeds, ghee, jalapeno, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Blend for 5 minutes, scraping down the sides occasionally until the pesto is completely smooth. 
  3. In a large bowl, add the chicken thighs and pesto. Toss to coat. 
  4. Place chicken on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until fully cooked and the internal temperature reaches 165°F. 

| by Jessica Tilley