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Chicken Pesto & Pine Nut Pasta


Chicken, Pesto & Pine Nut Pasta, yum! 

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!

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!

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. I love pesto with anything really (especially tomatoes) 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.

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

Do you love a pasta pesto supper as much as I do – you can always leave the chicken out for a vegetarian option if you like?!




  • 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