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Penne al Pesto con Pollo

This classic Italian dish is quick and easy to make, whilst still packing a huge punch of flavour – perfect for during the week after a hectic day at work. As we have gone for speed and convenience over hassle, you won’t need to worry about digging the pasta machine out of the attic or bringing your basil plant back to life.

In fact, all you need to make this delicious Penne al Pesto con Pollo dish is:

  • 300g chicken breast
  • 300g dried penne
  • 190g jar of Pesto
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 125ml dry white wine
  • 300ml double cream
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Remove any excess fat or cartilage from the chicken and wash it. Butterfly the breast and then season with salt, pepper and 50g of the pre-prepared Pesto. Allow it to marinade for 5-10 minutes. Pan fry the chicken breast in a little oil on a high heat until golden on all sides, then remove from the pan but keep warm.

Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add the penne.

While your pasta is bubbling away, crush a couple of cloves of garlic and heat in a pan with the remainder of the olive oil. Cook gently until fragrant – watch the garlic doesn’t catch.

Add the wine, pine nuts, cream and jar of Pesto to the pan. Bring the sauce to the boil, then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Meanwhile, slice your chicken breast into strips. Once your penne is cooked to al dente, rinse under cold water, drain well, add to the sauce and mix well.

Divide up the pasta to separate dishes and place a few chicken strips on top to serve.

Hints & tips

We are using penne for this recipe as its shape holds this beautiful creamy sauce really well, but you can use whatever pasta you have handy. This Pesto pasta dish is quick and easy to make without being any less delicious.

It is possible to make your own homemade Pesto, but we really don’t see the need when the supermarket stocks a can buy delicious Pesto in a jar these days.

If you fancy something a little different, why not swap to the pasta for gnocchi for an interesting twist? Alternatively, if you’re on the hunt for a delicious vegetarian meal, leave the chicken or replace it with tofu.

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