Making Meals a Recipes For Success – Book Giveaway and Recipe Share

Chef Thomas
Celebrity chef Thomas Gosney in the kitchen

After constantly being asked for advice on cooking throughout his career celebrity chef Thomas Gosney realized most of those questions stemmed from the step-by-step processes involved with preparing the ingredients used in recipes. In today’s post I got to connect with Thomas and discuss his new book along with some amazing recipe ideas.

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Kale Pesto Chicken w/ Zucchini Pasta

chicken pesto recipe
Recipe from Chef Thomas Gosney book: Method of Procedure

Here is another quick and easy chicken dish for you. You can buy the pesto for convenience. The kale pesto can be used for many different things as well. If you’re not a kale person, I urge you to try this recipe. You might be surprised. This is one way to eat kale without making salad. Th e spiral cutters are easily obtainable and are really fun to use. once you get one you will use it all the time. Th ere is also a vegetable peeler that does the same result. The Zucchini pasta is excellent and you’ll never miss the traditional, but you can use the real stuff as well. I love them both.

Chicken Pesto

Chicken Pesto

Recipe from Chef Thomas Gosney book: Method of Procedure


  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, leave whole
  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
  • 2 cups Kale, stems removed
  • 1 cup Fresh Basil
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp. Pine Nuts, can substitute Walnuts
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 2 tbsp. Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese, can substitute Vegan Rice Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ tsp. Kosher Salt
  • ½ tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 med. Zucchini, cut into spiral pasta shape, or julienne cut into long lengthwise slices
  • 1 Onion, julienne, cut
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, julienne cut
  • 10 Sugar Snap Peas, stringed and cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh Chopped Garlic
  • ½ tsp. Kosher Salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp. Fresh ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh chopped Chives or Green Onion


  1. Place kale, basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, water, cheese, salt and pepper in blender.
  2. Blend on high until everything is pureed smooth and creamy. You might need to stop blender once or twice to get the basil and kale to incorporate.
  3. Take ½ cup of pesto and place into mixing bowl.
  4. Add chicken breast and marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator while you chop the vegetables. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in sauté pan over medium high heat.
  6. Sear chicken breast for 2 minutes and turn over.
  7. Place into preheated oven. Bake for 5 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken.
  8. While the breasts are in the oven. heat olive oil in another sauté pan over medium high heat. Sauté onions until browned. Add red bell pepper, sugar snap peas, and zucchini.
  9. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic, salt and pepper,
  10. Pour remaining kale pesto and toss lightly, place onto serving dish.
  11. When chicken is cooked remove from pan and let rest 4-5 minutes.
  12. Slice chicken on an angle and place over top zucchini pasta.
  13. Sprinkle chives over top. You can grate additional romano cheese for our liking. Serves 4 pp.


Book Giveaway

Method of PorcedureYou could win a copy of Chef Thomas Gosney’s new book by following the guild-lines below.  Winner must have a USA or Canadian shipping address and qualify by following steps below.

1. Comment on this blog post telling us what veggie you enjoy growing in your home garden.

2. Are you on Twitter? Double your chances of winning by tweeting this:  [Tweet “I just entered the book giveaway at”]

3. To enter you have until Midnight August 22, 2015 so be sure to included your email address when commenting on this post.

** The qualifying enter that is picked using  must have their shipping information to Bren Haas by August 24.  


Good Luck!

6 thoughts on “Making Meals a Recipes For Success – Book Giveaway and Recipe Share”

  1. I enjoy growing cherry tomatoes because they are so rewarding to pick and snack right in the garden, but I am especially good a growing fruits! I love growing melons and strawberries!

  2. I enjoy growing all kinds of veggies! Incorporating atleast one or two new ones each year keeps it interesting and fun especially when growing with kiddos. Family favorites are always tomatoes and green beans.


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