Mega Lunch Box Kale, Pesto and Chicken Salad

  • Basil
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Penne Pasta
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Fresh Kale
  • Olive Oil


Step 1

The ingredients are all simple and you can make as much or as little as you want but it is worth doubling up to have enough for the lunch box

Step 2

Lash the brazil nuts in. You could use pine nuts but they are expensive little buggers so I saved you a few dirhams

Step 3

Grab a whole bag of basil. A tonne load. I don't remove the stalks or anything as they have great flavour

Step 4

Cut up a few knobs of parmesan

Step 5

Chuck the whole thing into a blender and lash a good load of oil in

Step 6

Blend it up. The key is to add in slowly until it is blended as you want it. Thicker the better I say

Step 7

Scrape it out into a bowl

Step 8

Grab the kale out. You'll want to remove any stalks that are thick and woody as they will taste like ass

Step 9

Chuck in the pasta to cook in piping hot boiling water.

Step 10

Grab the breasts out

Step 11

Slice em up into little medallion pieces. Season them with salt, pepper and oil

Step 12

Heat up a grill pan to smoking hot and lash them in and don't fiddle around with them

Step 13

Strain the pasta off and lash on the pan again to a high heat with some oil

Step 14

Chuck the whole load of Kale in. Don't worry it looks way too big but it shrinks quickly.

Step 15

Flip the chicken over. Will only take a couple of minutes to cook as they are so thin.

Step 16

Lash the pasta into the pesto once it has cooled down

Step 17

Wait for everything to cool down, which is really hard when you are starving.

Step 18

Stir it all together.

Step 19

Lash in the chicken making sure that it has been cooked the whole way through!

Step 20

It will look absolutely amazing when on a plate and then just wrap the rest up and chuck it in the fridge for tomorrow! Boom done!!

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Trust us lunch boxes are the way forward. Chuck a load of stuff in a couple of big pans. Eat some now and keep the rest for tomorrow. You whip it out at your desk and get to catch up on the Rugby instead of wandering out in the heat and storm looking for a decent feed and then queuing up for half your lunch break! Get stuck in. Its deadly.

Written By

Niall Harbison

Niall founded our sister site Lovin' Dublin with a few simple aims: discover new places to eat in Dublin and share simple recipes cooked up in his kitchen.