Pan Roasted Italian Chicken with Pesto

Pan Roasted Italian Chicken with Pesto

Today we have a WINNING recipe for you so that you can WIN in your nutrition and WIN in life!

Today’s WINNING recipe to meet Coach JC’s 10 WINNING Habits is Pan Roasted Italian Chicken with Pesto. Where is my lean protein? Where are my veggies?


1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
4 (4-ounce) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
6 cups baby spinach
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup prepared basil pesto (certified gluten-free if necessary)


Combine salt, pepper and zest; sprinkle evenly over both sides of chicken.

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Place chicken, skin side down, in pan. Cook 10 minutes, until skin crisps and browns. Drain drippings from pan. Turn chicken skin side up. Transfer to oven, and bake 15 minutes, until chicken reaches 155°F when tested with a thermometer.

Transfer chicken to a plate; do not drain remaining drippings. Stir lemon juice into skillet. Toss spinach and tomatoes in hot pan until spinach wilts slightly. Place chicken on spinach mixture, and spread each thigh with 1 tablespoon pesto, and serve hot.

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    "If you want to WIN more in life you are in the right place my friend! I am blessed and privileged everyday to help people WIN more in life.

    I got my start as the youngest Director of Strength & Conditioning at the Division I level at Oral Roberts University and have been blessed to COACH professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and WNBA through Dynamic Sports Development. As an ENTREPRENEUR I then started Bootcamp Tulsa to help women WIN in their Fitness, Nutrition & in Life. On a daily basis I now run our Non-Profit, 501 (c) (3), Fit First Responders serving those that serve us everyday, our Police Officers, Firefighters, Medics and national Guard.

    If I'm not helping people WIN through my Performance Coaching you will find me motivating people on stage through my MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING in churches, companies, universities and athletic organizations. I even took some of that motivation and combined it with a winning game plan to author a few books. I love helping people WIN but there is nothing I'm more passionate about then being a FATHER to my beautiful daughter and a HUSBAND to my hot wife."

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