Italian Chicken & Vegetable Skillet

Happy Monday! We’ve officially made it through our first full week of 2018. We were feeling the effects of the bomb cyclone most of the weekend so I made this delicious Italian chicken and veg skillet with what I had in the fridge. Last week I was still fighting off remnants of a bad cold, so I wanted to make something packed with protein with fresh veggies but would also still feel like comfort food.

This Italian Chicken & Vegetable skillet is delish and & super simple to make. Highly recommend if you need something that reheats well for lunch, too!

(I used different colored cherry tomatoes, which created a yellow sauce versus a traditional red)

What You’ll Need

pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
Tbsp. pesto
2 tsp. Italian seasoning, divided
2 tsp. minced garlic
cup cherry tomatoes, halved
small zucchini, diced
cup cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. chopped fresh basil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
grated parmesan cheese

The How To

  1. Season the cut up pieces of chicken with salt & pepper and place them in a freezer bag with the tablespoon of pesto, 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and minced garlic. Massage the mixture into the chicken and let it marinate for at least 15 minutes. *I prefer to let the chicken marinate overnight
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat and spray it with cooking oil.
  3. Add the marinated chicken to the hot skillet and sauté until thoroughly cooked, about 4-5 minutes. Remove the cooked chicken onto a plate.
  4. Once the chicken is removed, add in the zucchini, tomatoes & remaining teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Sauté until they start to soften, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Lower the heat to medium and add the chicken back into the skillet along with the cannellini beans, balsamic vinegar and basil. Stir everything together and taste for seasoning.
  6. Top with the shredded parmesan cheese, serve immediately & enjoy!

Cheers!

Quick Trip to Beverly Hills

Last week, I popped out to LA for a quick work trip. The trip was very quick but I did score a few free hours in Beverly Hills to play. While I’m certainly no west coast expert, here are a few places I recommend if you travel like I do, and need a few suggestions.

Olive & June

If you’re looking to treat yourself, I highly recommend getting a mani/pedi at Olive & June. Inside, the place is so simply chic it’s easy to unwind during your services. The ladies at the BH location were fantastic & are nail art experts. Since I was still rounding out client meetings and additional weddings, I opted for a simpler nail art experience.

obsessed with this half moon design

Sugarfish

Lunch at SugarFish is a MUST. Hands down, the best sushi I’ve ever had. Choose one of the pre fixed menu options (I did the Trust Me Lite) & you won’t be sorry. In hindsight, go hungry & try as much as you can, because honestly, every bite was incredible.

Shopping on Rodeo Drive

Besides the fact that Rodeo is one of the most beautiful streets anyone could want to shop on, the stores are so fantastically staged; just the site of it is gorgeous. Not to mention, everything is more charming with palm trees.

foyer into Ralph Lauren

The Beverly Center is awesome for additional shopping & I also hit up the and The Grove for a quick lunch between meetings on Tuesday in between meetings.

Ladurée

While Ladurée this isn’t a west coast novelty, I can always go for
a macaroon & champagne as a mid-afternoon snack.

In-N-Out

The second I found out I was heading to LA, friends began to make me promise I’d try In-N-Out. While I 100% understand the hype and it was truly delicious, I don’t think any burger joint can top Swensons.

La Scala

Old school Beverly Hills, highly recommend the chopped salad.  Good place to see & be seen.

I also took a quick stroll down Melrose, which is cool area to explore. Very eclectic & chic.

What are your favorite LA spots? Where should I make sure I get to next time?

Cheers,