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Easy chicken pasta with green pesto, veggies and cheese

Chicken Pesto Pasta

This quick and simple Chicken Pesto Pasta recipe, is light but creamy, fresh and healthy! A perfect fast midweek dinner, the whole family will love.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Family Food
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 661 kcal
Author Sarah Barnes

Ingredients

  • 400 g Chicken breast fillets, skinless and boneless 2 x Chicken breasts
  • 145 g Fresh pesto
  • 350 g Dried pasta
  • 200 g Green beans
  • 200 g Cherry tomatoes Halved
  • 2 tbsp Creme fraiche
  • Salt and pepper

To serve (optional)

  • 20 g Pine nuts
  • 100 g Mozzarella pearls

Instructions

  1. Preheat the grill to hot.

  2. Flatten your chicken breasts (I do this by laying them between sheets of cling film and bashing with a rolling pin). Pop them onto a baking tray and cook one side under the grill for 5 minutes, turn over and spread a teaspoon of the pesto onto each one and pop back under the grill for another 5 minutes or until cooked through.

  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling, salted water for 10 minutes or according to pack instructions.

  4. Whilst the pasta is cooking halve the cherry tomatoes, and trim the green beans as necessary. 

  5. 4 minutes before the end of the cooking time, throw in the green beans with the boiling pasta.

  6. Cut the chicken into thin slices.

  7. Drain the pasta and beans, stir in the rest of the pasta, the cherry tomato halves, the creme fraiche, chicken,salt and pepper and pine nuts.

  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • This is the perfect store cupboard recipe as you can substitute fresh pesto for jarred if you need to. Fresh Pesto is more flavoursome however, it will still taste great with another longlife version, perfect for rustling up meals quickly! 
  • You can also use a lighter version of Creme Fraiche to reduce the fat levels in this recipe. 
  • For even greater time saving you can use fresh pasta. 
  • Flatter chicken breasts (fillets) will cook more quickly. I flatten mine by laying them between sheets of cling film and bashing with a rolling pin.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Pesto Pasta
Amount per Serving
Calories
661
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
23
g
35
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Cholesterol
 
74
mg
25
%
Sodium
 
492
mg
21
%
Potassium
 
819
mg
23
%
Carbohydrates
 
74
g
25
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
36
g
72
%
Vitamin A
 
1450
IU
29
%
Vitamin C
 
18.7
mg
23
%
Calcium
 
113
mg
11
%
Iron
 
2.8
mg
16
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.