Penne Pasta with Pesto and Chicken

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My kids love pasta so much that they can have it three times a day. I always try to combine pasta with an additional ingredient to not only make it different but to make it more nutritious. The following Penne pasta recipe contains rich flavored pesto with juicy boneless chicken pieces. If you're vegetarian, you can replace chicken with mushrooms or cottage cheese. There are different versions of classic pesto that are used in different parts of the world. I prefer lot of garlic and cheese in my pesto. This makes it slightly more strong and flavorful. We usually make it at weekends in good quantities and still it vanishes in no time. So here we go to make this lip smacking and tasty pasta chicken recipe.

Penne Pasta with Pesto and Chicken
Penne Pasta with Pesto and Chicken
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Flavorful pesto chicken pasta

You’ll love this unique pasta preparation consisting of boneless and tender chicken chunks flavored with aromatic pesto base to fulfill your hungry tummies.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5

Ingredients:
  • 300 gm Penne pasta
  • 300 gm boneless chicken
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 10 garlic cloves (mashed)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Simmer Penne pasta in boiled water for about 5 minutes.
  2. Drain extra water and keep aside.
  3. Blend basil leaves, mashed garlic cloves, Parmesan cheese and 1/4th cup of olive oil to a smooth paste.
  4. Heat a tsp of olive oil in a non stick fry pan.
  5. Add chicken pieces, black pepper powder, crushed thyme and a pinch of salt.
  6. Saute for about 3 to 4 minutes and bring down from the flame.
  7. Place chicken pieces in a tray and grill them for about 3 minutes at 250 degrees.
  8. Take a large bowl and add boiled pasta, pesto and grilled chicken pieces in it.
  9. Mix well and serve with bread and fruit juice.

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