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Pesto Chicken Roll-ups Recipe

Pesto chicken rolls

Pesto chicken rolls

Chicken is an excellent source of protein. It’s a particularly good source of the amino acid tryptophan, which is needed to make serotonin and melatonin, two of the brain’s calming and sleep-inducing neurotransmitters. Choose organic chicken when you can.

Makes: 12–14 rolls



  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthways
  • Sea salt & pepper
  • ⅓ cup pesto
  • Grated parmesan
  • Toothpicks
  • Dash olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Lay chicken out flat on chopping board and cover in plastic wrap or place flat in plastic ziplock bags. Pound flat and season both sides with sea salt and pepper.
  3. Spoon pesto on each fillet and spread evenly, then sprinkle with parmesan.
  4. Roll chicken and secure with toothpick.
  5. Add olive oil to frying pan and over medium heat, sear chicken on both sides and place in ovenproof dish.
  6. Place in oven, covered, for 25–30 mins.
  7. Once cooked, cut into slices with toothpick through top of each one.


Lisa Guy

Lisa Guy is a respected Sydney-based naturopath, author and passionate foodie with 16 years of clinical experience. She runs a naturopathic clinic in Rose Bay called Art of Healing and is the founder of Bodhi Organic Tea.

Lisa is a great believer that good wholesome food is one of the greatest pleasures in life and the foundation of good health. Lisa encourages her clients to get back to eating what nature intended: good, clean, wholesome food that’s nutrient-rich and free from high levels of sugars, harmful fats, artificial additives and pesticides. Her aim is to change the way people eat, cook and think about food.

Lisa is an avid health writer, being a regular contributor to The Sunday Telegraph's Body and Soul, and leading magazines including WellBeing. Lisa is an author of five books to date, including My Goodness: all you need to know about children’s health and nutrition , Pregnancy Essentials, Heal Yourself, Listen to your Body and Healthy Skin Diet .