Chicken pesto pasta salad

Summary:

Dive right into a culinary adventure with our Chicken pesto pasta salad! A delightful fusion of tender chicken, aromatic pesto, and perfectly cooked pasta, this dish is your ticket to a satisfying meal that’s as wholesome as it is flavorful. Whether you’re a kitchen novice or a seasoned chef, our easy-to-follow guide ensures a plateful of deliciousness every time. Let’s embark on this flavor journey, shall we?

Ingredients:

  • Chicken: 2 breasts (approximately 200g [7 ounces] each)
  • Pasta: 2 cups (approx. 200g [7 ounces])
  • Pesto: 4 tablespoons (about 60ml [2 fl. oz.])
  • Cherry tomatoes: 1 cup (150g [5.3 ounces])
  • Fresh basil: 1/2 cup, chopped (15g [0.5 ounces])
  • Parmesan cheese: 1/2 cup, grated (50g [1.8 ounces])
  • Olive oil: 2 tablespoons (30ml [1 fl. oz.])
  • Salt and pepper: To taste

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves 2

Nutritional Facts per serving:

  • Calories: 560 kcal
  • Protein: 32g
  • Carbohydrates: 54g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Fat: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 420mg

Instructions:

  1. Start by boiling a pot of water.
  2. Once boiling, add a pinch of salt and your pasta.
  3. Let the pasta cook until it’s al dente, approximately 8-10 minutes.
  4. While the pasta is boiling, heat the olive oil in a separate pan.
  5. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  6. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken breasts.
  7. Cook the chicken for about 5-7 minutes on each side or until it’s fully cooked.
  8. Once done, let the chicken rest for a couple of minutes, then slice it into bite-sized pieces.
  9. Drain the cooked pasta and transfer it to a large mixing bowl.
  10. Add the sliced chicken, pesto, cherry tomatoes, and half of the fresh basil.
  11. Mix everything together until the Chicken pesto pasta salad is well combined.
  12. Garnish with grated Parmesan and the remaining basil.
  13. Give it a good mix and serve!

Tips:

  1. For a creamier texture, consider adding a dollop of Greek yogurt to your Chicken pesto pasta salad.
  2. Opt for whole wheat pasta for a healthier twist and added fiber.
  3. Make sure to let your chicken rest after cooking; this helps retain its juices.
  4. Freshly made pesto is always better than store-bought, so if you have time, whip up your batch!

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve your Chicken pesto pasta salad on a bed of fresh arugula for an extra punch of flavor and greens.
  • A sprinkle of red pepper flakes can add a hint of spice for those who prefer their dishes with a kick.
  • This Chicken pesto pasta salad can be enjoyed both warm and cold, so it’s perfect for picnics or packed lunches!
  • Pair it with a glass of your favorite chilled beverage for the ultimate refreshing meal.

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CHICKEN PESTO PASTA SALAD

Dive right into a culinary adventure with our Chicken pesto pasta salad! A delightful fusion of tender chicken, aromatic pesto, and perfectly cooked pasta, this dish is your ticket to a satisfying meal that’s as wholesome as it is flavorful. Whether you’re a kitchen novice or a seasoned chef, our easy-to-follow guide ensures a plateful of deliciousness every time. Let’s embark on this flavor journey, shall w
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutritions

Nutrition Facts
CHICKEN PESTO PASTA SALAD
Amount per Serving
Calories
560
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
24
g
37
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Cholesterol
 
70
mg
23
%
Sodium
 
420
mg
18
%
Carbohydrates
 
54
g
18
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
32
g
64
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • Chicken: 2 breasts approximately 200g [7 ounces] each
  • Pasta: 2 cups approx. 200g [7 ounces]
  • Pesto: 4 tablespoons about 60ml [2 fl. oz.]
  • Cherry tomatoes: 1 cup 150g [5.3 ounces]
  • Fresh basil: 1/2 cup chopped (15g [0.5 ounces])
  • Parmesan cheese: 1/2 cup grated (50g [1.8 ounces])
  • Olive oil: 2 tablespoons 30ml [1 fl. oz.]
  • Salt and pepper: To taste

Instructions

  • Start by boiling a pot of water.
  • Once boiling, add a pinch of salt and your pasta.
  • Let the pasta cook until it’s al dente, approximately 8-10 minutes.
  • While the pasta is boiling, heat the olive oil in a separate pan.
  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the chicken breasts.
  • Cook the chicken for about 5-7 minutes on each side or until it’s fully cooked.
  • Once done, let the chicken rest for a couple of minutes, then slice it into bite-sized pieces.
  • Drain the cooked pasta and transfer it to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the sliced chicken, pesto, cherry tomatoes, and half of the fresh basil.
  • Mix everything together until the Chicken pesto pasta salad is well combined.
  • Garnish with grated Parmesan and the remaining basil.
  • Give it a good mix and serve!

Notes

TIPS
For a creamier texture, consider adding a dollop of Greek yogurt to your Chicken pesto pasta salad.
Opt for whole wheat pasta for a healthier twist and added fiber.
Make sure to let your chicken rest after cooking; this helps retain its juices.
Freshly made pesto is always better than store-bought, so if you have time, whip up your batch!
SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Serve your Chicken pesto pasta salad on a bed of fresh arugula for an extra punch of flavor and greens.
A sprinkle of red pepper flakes can add a hint of spice for those who prefer their dishes with a kick.
This Chicken pesto pasta salad can be enjoyed both warm and cold, so it’s perfect for picnics or packed lunches!
Pair it with a glass of your favorite chilled beverage for the ultimate refreshing meal.

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