Chicken Pesto Pasta

Written by Ariana deVries on Aug 2

Incredibly easy, immensely satisfying.

Pasta is the perfect lazy meal. That's what this dish is.

As it happens every once in a while, it was one of those nights where I didn't feel like creating a huge meal. I was also in the mood for pasta (which surprisingly doesn't happen that often).

Earlier that day I had purchased a new basil plant because mine was in dire straights and rather spindly in appearance. In my excitement with having fresh basil again I set out to make a pesto sauce.

It was crazy easy! Basil + garlic + olive oil + salt & pepper = amazing.

I blended it up using my immersion blender, chopped and cooked some chicken, boiled spaghetti noodles, diced tomatoes (from my own plant) and voila! The meal my tastebuds were longing for.

And it only took about 25 minutes. Bam!

So the next time you're looking for a quick, easy pasta dish, try this one out. It won't leave you feeling heavy (unless you eat waaaaay too much). However, you may want to forewarn anyone you come in contact with afterwards that you may reek of garlic. I've got it good 'cause Scott loves garlic so much he doesn't even care. Heehee!

I also have a great photography assistant and taste tester. 

Till next time!

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Serving Size: 3-4 servings Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

1/3 cup Basil (Fresh)
7 cloves Garlic (Chopped)
1/4-1/3 cup Olive Oil
Salt (To taste)
Black Pepper (To taste)
2 tsps Olive Oil (For frying)
2 whole Chicken (Breast, cooked)
4 servings Spaghetti (Cooked)
10 Grape Tomatoes (Chopped)

Instructions

  1. Start cooking boiling water for spaghetti.
  2. Slice chicken breasts into strips and cook in a frying pan with olive oil for 7-9 minutes.
  3. Set aside and blend olive oil basil, garlic, salt and pepper using an immersion blender or mini food processor.
  4. Cook spaghetti for 8 minutes. Strain and pour back into pot.
  5. Pour chicken and pesto sauce over noodles. Stir. 
  6. Serve with chopped tomatoes and enjoy!

*Note: You can adjust ingredients according to your preference. More basil, less garlic, etc. Also, you can sprinkle parmesan cheese on top for a yummy finish.*