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Creamy Pesto Chicken Casserole

The perfect comfort food meal, this Creamy Pesto Chicken Casserole is a one-pot dish that will satisfy your whole family. Brown the chicken in Fatworks Duck Fat to get that delicious crispy skin. Then bake it together with your favorite pasta and a creamy pesto sauce. Top with toasted pine nuts and more fresh basil and dig in!

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Fatworks Duck Fat
  • 8 ounces gluten- or grain-free pasta
  • ½ large white or sweet onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 cups spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ cup bone broth or stock of choice
  • 1 cup grass-fed heavy cream
  • ½ cup grass-fed parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional for garnish:
  • Toasted pine nuts
  • Chopped fresh basil
Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Fat: Duck Fat, Ghee, Goose Fat, Schmaltz (Chicken Fat)
Tags: Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly

DIRECTIONS

STEP 1

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Have a 9x13 baking dish ready.

STEP 2

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Once cooked, drain and add to the 9x13 dish. Reserve the pasta water for later use.

STEP 3

While the pasta is cooking, season the chicken with sea salt and black pepper on both sides. Add a few tablespoons of Duck Fat to a skillet placed over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken on both sides and set it aside on a plate.

STEP 4

Add the chopped onion to the hot skillet and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about one minute. Add the spinach and basil and sauté until wilted.  (Note: if the pan seems dry at any point, add another 1-2 tablespoons of Duck Fat.

STEP 5

Add the broth, heavy cream, and ¼ cup of the pasta water to the skillet. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly. Stir occasionally. Stir in the parmesan cheese, sea salt, and black pepper.