Cooking On Easy Street :: Chicken Pesto Pasta

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I’m so excited about this series, you guys! I am all about making things from scratch, trying new things, putting my cooking skills to the test, holding my breath to see if something’s turned out just right. But let’s be honest, one can only do all that for so long before getting worn out, especially if you have a 2-year-old constantly yanking your hand in the direction of her bedroom saying, “come on, Mommy. Moooommmmy!” 

Enter: Cooking On Easy Street; a series featuring 5 easy, quick, nutritious, cheap meals that will simplify your evenings, give you more time with your family, and help you stay on budget. Each meal has been tried, eaten, and enjoyed by husband and daughter as well as any guests that have joined us for dinner.

In the spirit of keeping things simple, I’ll keep my commentaries short and sweet as well. Check back every Friday in August to catch the pictures, grocery shopping list, and recipe for each of the featured five!

Today’s feature: Chicken Pesto Pasta 

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Chicken Pesto Pasta

{serves 6-8}

[ingredients] 

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1 box whole wheat pasta, penne 

1 jar prepared basil pesto

1/2 bell pepper, diced  

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast

Cavender’s all-purpose Greek seasoning

parmesan cheese, for topping

[directions] 

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Prep. Cook pasta according to package directions. While waiting for the water to boil, pound the chicken breast to 1/4″ thickness or slice into strips if preferred. Season with Cavender’s on both sides to taste. {It’s found in any grocery spice aisle. I sprinkle it pretty liberally but that’s because I love the seasoning}. Dice bell pepper or cut into strips.

Cook. While pasta is cooking, sauté chicken until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side or until strips are no longer pink. Drain pasta and cut chicken into strips if you haven’t already done so.

Combine. Toss cooked pasta, chicken, and diced bell peppers with enough pesto to coat {I don’t usually use a whole jar}.

Serve. Garnish with shaved parmesan cheese.

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Chicken pesto pasta is delicious warm or cold so it’s a perfect picnic option if you’re wanting to get out of the house for the evening!

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2 comments

  1. I love cooking from scratch, too.

    1. Something so therapeutic about it isn’t there?! Thanks for stopping by and taking a sec to comment!

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