Cherry Paleo Pesto Chicken

Cherry Paleo Pesto Chicken title

Are you ever struck with a flavor combination that is so amazing you astound yourself with how delicious it is?  And you are a little upset with yourself for not thinking of it before?  This was one of those.  I feel like cherries and basil pesto go together so amazingly over juicy chicken thighs.  This wasn't the first time we have paired basil and cherries, Our Iced tea is a hit!  I was actually making our iced tea and thinking about what to make for dinner when this struck me.  Cherry pesto chicken is the perfect balance of sweet and salty!

Well?  How are things?  Enjoying the summer months?  It's been a whirl of activity around here.  I am up to my usual crazy summer work schedule and have had family in town.  It has been insane really.  Nonstop action.  Plus with the early hot weather, things are coming in up to 3 weeks early; cherries usually in full swing right now, are almost done.  I feel like I am missing my canning window… dang it.   Raspberries are done, blueberries are almost done, and peaches are right around the corner.

I was going to tell you about my recent family visit, I took my nephews for 2 days.  We had an action-packed fun time- but today, I'm going to abandon you all for a pile of jalapenos sitting on my counter.  You have paleo friendly jalapeno preserves of some sort to look forward to.  Hopefully, that is enough to console you and diminish the feeling of abandonment you now feel.

Of course, you could always console yourself with these amazing cherry paleo pesto chicken thighs!


Paleo Pesto

  • Author: Holley -
  • Category: Condiment/ Sauce


Classic pesto flavour with a paleo twist, you don't even miss the cheese!


  • Pesto
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2/3 cups avocado oil (divided)
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • optional
  • 1/4 cup asiago cheese


  1. Toast pine nuts (I bought mine raw, and used the skillet method)
  2. Wash basil and pat dry, lightly press into a measuring cup.
  3. Add to a food processor or blender.
  4. Add; Garlic, 1/3 cup avocado oil, nutritional yeast, toasted pine nuts, and salt.
  5. Puree until it forma a loose paste.
  6. I put Mine into freezer safe containers in 1/4 cup portions, leaving enough space to top with the remaining 1/3 cup avocado oil.
  7. optional
  8. Stir in the cheese at the end if you are NOT freezing the pesto.


inspired from The Food Network pesto recipe


Cherry Paleo Pesto Chicken

  • Author: Holley -
  • Yield: 6 thighs
  • Method: Oven


Fresh Cherry paleo pesto chicken is the perfect balance of sweet and salty.


  • 1/4 cup paleo pesto
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen cherries, pitted and sliced
  • 6 boneless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven 350 F.
  2. Place chicken thighs, cherries and pesto in a bowl.
  3. Massage pesto/cherries into the chicken, let sit for 10 min.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Place on a lined baking sheet spooning excess pesto and cherries over top of the thighs.
  6. Bake for 30 min, until the chicken is done.(If using bone-in chicken, cooking time will have to be longer)

About the Author:

Real food fan. My first love is baking, and it keeps me sane. I am new to the Paleo lifestyle, but already infatuated. Recovering sugar Junkie. Love awkward situations, drunk people and ridiculously high heeled shoes, especially when they coincide. Always looking for my next great story.


  1. Cindy Marlow July 21, 2015 at 8:24 am - Reply

    You had me at Cherry!

    • Holley July 21, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      When I made this, I was sooooo full, but couldn’t stop eating!

  2. Ruth Parsad July 24, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Have missed hearing from you two this summer. Looking forward to hearing/seeing more recipes.

    • Holley July 25, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      I can say I’ve missed blogging!

  3. Ruth July 25, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Hey, Raj, have you used up those sour cherries you took home in May? The tree is loaded again, so eat up and I will make sure you get some more!

    • Raj July 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      No I haven’t. I just discovered them actually. But with the upcoming move, I’m looking to use everything up for now. But Holley says that she’d love some!

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