Average: 5 (1 vote)
Active time
20 minutes
Total time
50 minutes
3 servings

⅓ cup walnut pieces

½ cup feta cheese, crumbled

6 Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

4 sun-dried tomatoes (in oil), diced

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon oregano

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

3 chicken breasts (4 ounces each)

½ cup fresh basil leaves

Pinch of salt and pepper

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  1. Preheat the grill to 500°F. Or, if using an oven, preheat it to 400°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, feta, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  3. Butterfly the chicken breasts by slicing them in half (lengthwise) but leaving them attached at one end. Gently pound chicken with a mallet to flatten. Place 4 to 5 basil leaves on each flattened breast followed by ⅓ of the walnut mixture. Spread evenly.
  4. Begin rolling the chicken up from one end to the other to form a pinwheel shape. Brush with the olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Secure each roll with butcher string or 3 to 4 skewers. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts and filling.
  5. If grilling, reduce the heat to medium-high and grill the chicken for 25 to 30 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 180 °F. If cooking in the oven, bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Tip: Prepare the chicken one day ahead and keep refrigerated.



Recipe, photo and content courtesy of California Walnut Board and Commission. For more recipes, visit California Walnut Board and Commission.


Calories: 244
Fat: 13g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Sodium: 263mg
Carbohydrate: 5g
Fiber: 2g
Protein: 2g

Yield: 3 servings

How'd it Taste?

I made this recipe last night. It was wonderful. My husband is not a fan of feta cheese so I substituted a fresh grated Parmesan. Really easy to make, the walnuts and Kalamata olives taste wonderful together. I made extra and will freeze portions so I can have a quick grab and go meal for lunch.
Diane W
Nutritionals are off on this one. is it 20 g protein verses 2?
Hi Diane, we suspect that you are correct. The recipes and nutrition are from the California Walnut Association. We can follow up with them to see if we can track down the correct numbers.

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