Easy, Healthy, & Delicious Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe
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Simple, but filled with so much flavor! We usually don’t have a side dish with this meal, but you could add a veggie or two!
Is this recipe Kid Friendly?: My 3 year old daughter will eat this, but the 5 year old picky guy…no such luck!
Ingredients needed for Chicken Pesto Pasta
8 ounces ziti (we use whole grain, but regular is cheaper!)
50 fresh basil leaves (finely chopped)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons warm water
4 tablespoons pine nuts (crushed)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
How to Make Easy Chicken Pesto Pasta for dinner tonight
Step 1– Boil a pot of water over high heat. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
Step 2– Combine basil, garlic, water, pine nuts, and oil to make pesto.
Step 3– Use a non stick cooking spray to coat a medium frying pan. Cook chicken for about 8 minutes per side.
Step 4– Once chicken is cooked through (no pink!), chop chicken into strips or cubes, and combine with pesto and pasta.
Step 5– Sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese and stir! Serve warm!
This makes a great lunch too, and even tastes great cold if you’re on the go!
This recipe is adapted from our favorite healthy and EASY cookbook The Shredded Chef.
Favorite Time Saving Tips for Chicken Pesto Pasta
We have been using this tube of basil (the whole thing) per batch when we want to save time, or can’t find enough fresh basil leaves. Sometimes we use this pre minced garlic (but it’s more expensive than grabbing a mincer and doing it yourself.)
I love to use this simple kitchen gadget to mix up the pesto quick! It crushes the garlic, pine nuts, and mixes everything together in about 1 minute flat!
I always put the lid on the pan for the last half of cooking. I think it helps the chicken cook through a little better!
Frugal Hack: Buy in bulk to save money! We eat this meal several times per month so we always have a Costco bag of pine nuts in the fridge.
What are some of your favorite easy, healthy budget meals? Let me know in the comments so I can try them out!