Monthly Archives: January 2012

Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken Breast


Basil Pesto Pasta

with Grilled Chicken Breast


As we start the New Year and winter nights are here to stay, we’re craving for a comfort food that’s healthy, big in flavor & at the same time filling.I always prepare this pasta during summer time because of the abundant supply of fresh sweet basil from my vegetable garden. But if I crave for pesto pasta during winter time, I just need to look for a good pesto in my favorite grocery. I use 2 brands of pesto sauce here to maximize the flavor & also preferred these brands because of great flavor & price.

Prep/Cook Time: 22 mins.




2 boxes (1 lb.) Barilla Penne or Linguini

1 bag (22 oz.) Tyson Grilled & Ready fully cooked chicken breast strips

1 cup of Swanson Chicken Stock (reduced salt)

1 cup shaved Parmesan cheese

2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive oil

1 pack (7 oz) Buitoni Pesto With Basil

2 jars (10 oz) Classico Traditional Basil Sauce And Spread


  1. Cook pasta as directed but under cook it for 2 mins. Set aside.
  2. Sauté fully defrosted chicken breast in olive oil in medium/high heat (around 8 mins)
  3. Add pesto sauce & sauté more for 5 mins.
  4. Add cooked pasta & mix to coat evenly the pasta with pesto.
  5. Add chicken stock. Mix well. Cover. Cook for additional 2 mins.
  6. Serve warm, topped with shaved Parmesan cheese.
  7. Sprinkle with slightly toasted pine nuts (optional).