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Chicken Pesto Pasta - You Totally Got This - Quick & Easy Recipe

Chicken Pesto Pasta

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  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 serves 1x


The combination of chicken, pesto and plenty of veg, makes this 20 minute pasta dish seriously healthy and delicious.


  • 200g penne pasta regular or gluten free depending on your dietary requirements
  • 2 tbs pesto
  • 200g supermarket BBQ chicken
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups baby spinach


  • Cook pasta according to packet directions in a large saucepan.
  • Meanwhile shred the chicken and remove the woody ends from the asparagus and cut each spear into four pieces, and slice the cherry tomatoes in half.
  • When the pasta has 5 minutes left to cook add the asparagus (if your asparagus spears are thin they may only need 3-4 minutes).
  • Once the pasta and asparagus are cooked use a colander to drain the water from the saucepan, then pour the pasta and asparagus from the colander back into the saucepan. Stir in the pesto, chicken, cherry tomatoes and spinach.
  • Place the saucepan back on the stove over a medium heat, stirring until all the ingredients are warmed and the spinach has wilted.


  • If asparagus isn’t your favourite veggie, green beans work really well in this dish too!
  • Look for a store brought pesto that uses only natural ingredients and with no preservatives. Here in Australia I use Barilla Pesto Alla Genovese it’s made with fresh basil and is seriously delicious.



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