Chicken Pesto with Pasta

Chicken dish with pasta

A bowl full of flavour and comfort.

This dish holds a lot of memories for me.  When my husband and I just started dating he invited me over for dinner one evening.  He cooked me one of his two speciality dishes (the other being a roast – he makes a mean roast!).  He was so proud of his efforts and I must say, it really tasted great!   Until this day Chicken Pesto Pasta is still a regular dish in our household.

If I am short on time, especially during the week when we are both working and have limited time, I just use a small jar of ready-made pesto, otherwise I like to make my own: Homegrown Garden Pesto.

Chicken Pesto with Pasta

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 190g pesto (1 small jar)
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 200g dry spaghetti, cooked according to the instructions
  • 1 cup of reserved pasta water


  1. Chop the chicken and mince the garlic.
  2. Pour the pesto oil (from the top of the jar) into a heavy bottomed saucepan and sauté the chicken and garlic.
  3. Add in one tablespoon of the pine nut kernels and keep stirring until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Add the pesto to the cooked chicken along with the pasta. Stir through using a pair of thongs.
  5. Add some of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce if needed. Cook for a further minute until glossy and all ingredients are coated in the pesto.
  6. Serve in bowls, garnished with the remaining pine nuts and the sesame seeds.

What is your quick midweek go-to meal?  Let me know in the comments below!

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