Any food with pasta or chicken in always goes down well in our house. So a Creamy Chicken & Pesto Pasta combo recipe will work a treat.
Pesto on the other hand was something that my lot would turn their noses at. Pesto adds some great flavour to pasta dishes.. so on the cards for dinner is Creamy Chicken & Pesto Pasta. A lot of the time a meal in our house has to be either well prepared or really quick and simple. This recipe is very easy and quick to make. Its also relatively cheap too, I bought the ingredients from Aldi, but price wise, its pretty much the same wherever you go. Here’s my version of it:
Creamy Chicken & Pesto Pasta
400g Chicken Breast Fillets, diced
1 x Medium onion chopped into 1cm squares
2 x Garlic cloves crushed
300ml Single Cream
Pesto (contains nuts)
Peas, runner beans or spinach (optional)
1 Tbsp Oil of your choice (Vegetable, sunflower, coconut etc)
250g Pasta. (Fusilli or Penne works well)
Add 1tbsp of oil to a deep frying pan.
Add the onions and garlic and lightly fry over a medium heat, until translucent.
Add 1tsp of Pesto to the pan and lightly stir in.
Add the diced chicken to the pan and fry over a medium heat until thoroughly cooked.
Add seasoning to your taste
While the chicken is frying, cook the pasta as per instructions.
Once the chicken has thoroughly cooked, add 1tsp of Pesto and a small handful of peas/runner beans/spinach and stir well.
Take a small ladle of the pasta water and pour into the frying pan and stir through. (starch water will add a creamier texture)
Pour the cream over the chicken and stir well, ensuring everything is coated well.
Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
After 10 minutes, turn the heat off.
Drain the pasta and mix well into the chicken and cream.
Allow to sit for a few minutes.
Serve and Enjoy!
As a side to this dish, try garlic bread or fresh salad.