Chicken pesto pasta is an easy one-pan pasta recipe made with just 5 ingredients. The creamy pesto sauce that smothers this pasta recipe is made by simply combining Belazu Genovese pesto with a few spoonfuls of creme fraiche - easy and delicious.
Start by placing the tagliatelle in a pan with boiling water. Cook according to the instructions, until al dente. Or for 7-8 minutes if dried pasta or 2-3 minutes if fresh pasta.
Whilst the pasta is cooking place a large pan on a medium heat and then fry 1 chopped onion in a little oil, until soft.
Next add cubed pieces of chicken breast to the pan and continue to cook until the meat is sealed all over.
Keep the heat on medium and add a large tablespoon full of Genovese pesto and stir in well
Next turn the heat to low and add a tablespoon of creme fraiche. Check the amount of the pesto sauce - if you would like more add another tablespoon of both the pesto and creme fraiche.
When the pasta is cooked transfer from the water to the chicken pesto pan. Add a ladle full of the pasta water as well to help loosen the sauce and then toss together until the pasta is well coated with the pesto.
Sprinkle over some freshly chopped parsley and then serve topped with extra pesto and creme fraiche.
Add a ladle full of starchy pasta water to the pan before serving. This will loosen the sauce, whilst keeping it silky smooth.
Can you bake chicken with pesto?
Yes you can bake chicken with pesto. Just transfer the cooked pasta recipe to a baking dish, sprinkle over some grated parmesan and some breadcrumbs for extra crunch. Then bake in the oven for 20 minutes for a lovely chicken pesto pasta bake.
If you have a little extra time and want to make this dish extra special then you could make your own homemade pasta! It makes for a much better taste and texture.
As a complete recipe chicken pesto pasta is a good source of healthy fats, is high in protein and provides plenty of micronutrients