I love all the fun pesto concoctions you can find these days! Different nuts, different herbs... I have my standby pesto recipe that I adore but I found a locally produced cilantro, lime, macadamia nut pesto here on Maui and wow is it good! I had a nice organic free range chicken in the fridge and tried the pesto out in my usual roasted chicken recipe. This was a flavorful, easy dish.
This roasted chicken technique turns out perfect every time. I did, however, almost drop this one transferring it from the pan to the cutting board. Hence the torn up skin where I clamped down with the tongs! Never fear, the chicken made it to the table just fine!
Here is the basic recipe and technique for the chicken. Use your favorite pesto under the skin and rubbed all on the outside and in the cavity.
This roasting technique always turns out juicy and tender chicken, no matter how you season it.
Do a search in the upper right column for chicken and see some other ways I've made this. Enjoy!