Zucchini Succotash with Chicken & Pesto

chicken succotashHere is my newest favorite lunch obsession.  I make a batch and eat it for lunch for a few days.  It’s soooooooooooo yummy and also low calorie and healthy, but honestly do you care if it’s healthy if it doesn’t taste good?  I sure as hell don’t!

This is an accident recipe, I will admit.  A true succotash is usually corn and lima beans.  I am not really a lima bean girl.  Anyhoo, I made this last summer by accident.  I usually like to do a saute of zucchini, onions & summer squash when the squash is out at my local Sunnycrest farm.  Then one night I was making this and I had 2 ears of leftover cooked corn on the cob in the fridge and I thought, hmm, why don’t I add the corn to the saute?  Then I thought it needed some color and I had a big pile of tomatoes, so I added tomatoes and then I thought maybe I would add some pesto……….it went on and on.  So this started as an accidental side dish.  Then recently I thought, hmmm, if I add chicken to it, it would be a one plate lunch!  Such an exciting story, isn’t it?  LOL.

zucchini succotash

Zucchini Succotash with Chicken & Pesto
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 2
  • 2 Zucchini, large chop
  • 1 Summer Squash, large chop
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Cup Corn
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped fine
  • 2 Boneless Chicken Breast, chopped into bite size pieces.
  • 1 Tbsp. Pesto
  • 2 Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan or Romano (Optional)
  1. Heat non-stick skillet, add 1 Tbsp. Olive oil.
  2. Add chicken to pan, salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Cook chicken until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove chicken from pan, keep warm.
  4. Add remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil to pan. Add onion and crushed red pepper if using. Salt & Pepper to taste. Cook onion for 5 minutes.
  5. Add zucchini, summer squash and garlic, cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Add corn and tomatoes.
  7. Cook for 2 more minutes until everything is coming together. Return chicken to pan and add the pesto.
  8. Serve with a sprinkling of grated cheese if using.