Pesto Chicken and Pasta

sautéed chicken thighs, pesto sauce, tomatoes + pasta

1709 Past Meals

Serves: 2 Servings | Time to Table: 30 Minutes | Calories: 664 | Allergens: Contains Tree Nuts (Pine Nuts), Milk (Parmesan & Pesto), + Gluten (Pasta). May contain Egg. | Excellent Source of: Calcium, Iron, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C | Good Source of: Fiber, Potassium


  • - Chef's Knife
  • - Colander
  • - Measuring Cup
  • - Medium Saucepan
  • - Medium Saute Pan
  • - Spatula
  • - Tongs

What You Need:

  • - Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • - Kosher Salt or Flake Sea Salt
  • - Olive Oil

What We Send:

  • - Chicken Thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • - Mixed Cherry Tomatoes
  • - Parmesan Cheese
  • - Parsley
  • - Penne Pasta
  • - Pesto
  • - Pine Nuts

Wine Pairings by @grapefriend

A grassy Sauvignon Blanc is a fantastic complement to the herbal pesto.

Beer Pairings

A classic American Pale Ale like Sierra for “resiny” and piney characteristics to kick up the pesto.

TK Table Talk:

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What To Do:

1. Chicken may arrive slightly frozen. Thaw as needed.

2. Fill a medium pot half way with salted water and bring to a boil. Roughly chop parsley. Cut the tomatoes in half.

Pesto Chicken and Pasta - Step 1

3. Cook Pasta: Add pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente (about 6 minutes). Reserve ¼ cup pasta water, drain, return pasta to pot and cover.

4. Toast Pine Nuts: While pasta water is boiling, add pine nuts to a medium sauté pan over medium heat and cook, tossing, until just starting to brown in spots. Remove to a dish immediately.

Pesto Chicken and Pasta - Step 2

5. Cook Chicken: Add 1 teaspoon oil to the sauté pan and place over medium-high heat. Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Add chicken to the sauté pan and cook, turning once, until cooked through (about 5-6 minutes per side). Remove from heat and slather the tops with a little of the pesto sauce. Allow to rest before chopping into bite size pieces.

Pesto Chicken and Pasta - Step 3

6. Continue Pasta: Place pan with pasta over low heat and stir in pasta water, pesto, tomatoes and half of the parmesan. Cook until cheese begins to melt.

Pesto Chicken and Pasta - Step 4

7. Finish Pasta: Stir chopped chicken into pasta.

To Serve: Divide pasta between two bowls and top with pine nuts, remaining parmesan and chopped parsley.

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