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Chicken Pesto & Pine-Nut Pasta

Chicken Pesto & Pine-Nut Pasta

We all love a quick pasta supper don’t we? I know I do! Pasta is so versatile and so quick when you’re working or have very little time. This Chicken Pesto & Pine-Nut Pasta is a REALLY super easy supper.



It’s full of flavour and quick to make. What I would call a total babe!

Everything that easy peasy lemon squeezy is all about!

I really try hard to give you tasty and useful life recipes. You know the ones you can pull out the bag when necessary!

I know I’ve used this one many many times and it never fails to deliver on flavour.


Of course you don’t have to use penne if you prefer you can use any shape you like, so many to choose from.

Penne works so well though! I do like experimenting with different shaped pastas!

Also just a tip, make sure you get a lovely golden brown on your chicken pieces.  

It really is where all the flavour is, it’s the caramelisation that’s the thing.

Pasta with Chicken Pesto & Pine Nuts


Pesto with Pasta & Chicken topped with Pine-Nuts 

You can make your own pesto of course, it’s really easy. Or you can buy the jars – both work very well

I just love pesto with anything really (especially tomatoes & Mozzarella, in a simple salad) and with pasta it adds such a great flavour and lovely texture to this supper.

The addition of pine-nuts goes so well and adds a lovely crunchy texture too.

It’s so so tasty! And Quick and Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

Let me know how you go at this Chicken Pesto & Pine-Nuts Pasta dish and be sure to drop me a comment and let me know what you think – I soooo love your comments …..

Pasta Suppers

Do you love a pasta pesto supper as much as I do? I love that a past supper is so quick and easy as well as being tasty!

You can always leave the chicken of this recipe  for a vegetarian option if you like?! I’ve scattered some other pasta supper recipes around this post to! Have a look!

Sometime I guess we need to avoid pasta!?

But never fear I have the answer Courgetti with bacon pine nuts and peas – so good, hope over and have a look


Courgetti with Bacon, Pine-nuts & Peas

I have so many pasta suppers, have a look around.

Just type pasta into the SEARCH bar and ta-dah!!

Thanks Cx



Serves 2-3 people

  • 2 Chicken Breast fillets, cut into small pieces, 2cm x 2cm
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt & Freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 200g Button Mushrooms, halved
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 130g Pesto – I use fresh, but jarred is ok
  • 50g Pine Nuts
  • 400g Fresh (chilled) Penne Pasta, or whatever shape you prefer
  • 2 handfuls of Spinach (optional)

Preparation Method

  1. Heat a large frying pan and  add the olive oil and then the chicken pieces and garlic and season with the salt & pepper
  2. Now this bit is REALLY important – you need to fry the chicken and get it really brown and crispy – so don’t move it around the pan too much, after 10 minutes add the halved mushrooms, continue to cook until golden
  3. Meanwhile cook the pasta in a pan of boiling water until it is ready (according on pack instructions)
  4. Drain the pasta and return to pan , add the pesto, stir well
  5. Add the pine nuts to the chicken pan and stir until they are a little toasted, about 2 minutes
  6. Finally add the chicken, mushroom and garlic to the pasta and stir (why not throw a couple of handfuls of spinach in? )
  7. Serve immediately



Jane Foulkes says:
Fresh pesto????? Thought it only came in jars ?? Xx
    Clare x says:
    yes hun - look in the chilled section - near the pasta x
farzanasalim says:
Realy yummy.
    Clare x says:
    Thanks - I LOVE it x
Eb Gargano / Easy Peasy Foodie says:
This looks delicious! Great recipe :-)
Steph Fulton says:
It was fantastic baked in the oven with added spinach, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella. Thanks :) x
Rose says:
Found this because I wanted to recreate my favourite
Nikki Cornish says:
Can you please tel me how many people that would serve? Apologies if that’s in the text somewhere but I can’t see it! Thanks 😊
    Clare x says:
    Two hungry people hun - sorry you couldn't find it - I'll go update the recipe xx