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Basil Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Basil Pesto Pasta with Chicken
Recipe By: Navid

About this Recipe:

Navid: Pesto is a sauce which is mainly made from fresh herbs such as basil, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic and nuts such as almond or pine nut. The good thing about pesto sauce is that you can keep it in the freezer for a long time. You can also serve pesto with pastas of various shapes such as tortellini or ravioli.

Main Ingredients:

Pasta for two (about 200 grams)
Chicken Breasts: 1
Oil: 1 tbsp
Onion: 1 small, chopped
Whipping Cream: 2 tbsp

Pesto Ingredients:

Fresh Basil: 3 tbsp, chopped
Fresh Parsley: 1 tbsp, chopped (or replace with cilantro)
Grated Parmesan Cheese: 2-3 tbsp
Almonds: 1 tbsp (or replace with pine nuts)
Olive Oil: 3-4 tbsp
Garlic: 1 small clove


1. Process all pesto ingredients in a food processor or blender. Add more olive oil if you see pesto sauce is dry. Mix pesto with the cream in a saucepan and slowly warm it on low-heat.

2. In a frying pan, cook onion with oil for 2 min. Add chicken breast and fry 5-8 min on each side.

3. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, bring 4 cups of water with some salt to boil. Add pasta and cook for 5-10 min.

4. Drain the pasta. Blend pesto and cream mix with pasta and serve with the chicken on top. You can also cut chicken into small pieces and mix with the pasta before serving.

Published on April 29, 2008
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ready in
25 min
Recipe by
6 Ratings
Average rating: 3.67

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