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Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

Updated: Oct 7, 2021

This is a firm family favourite as it can be prepped and on the table in no time. Very versatlie for all dietary needs and perfect for batch cooking!

Makes approximately 4 servings

Preparation time is approximately 10 minutes

Cooking time is approximately 15 minutes


4 tbsp of the Cooking Good nut-free pesto sauce OR a jar of pesto

3 - 4 chicken breasts sliced thinly

2 tablespoons of olive oil

200g green beans (other veg can be used) – chopped in about 4cm sections

80ml double cream

500g pasta (or gluten free pasta)

Salt & pepper

Parmesan cheese to serve (or vegan cheese can be used to make it dairy free)

How to make your pasta

  1. Slice the chicken breast into thin strips and cook in a pre-heated oven (180C) for approximately 10 minutes (alternatively you could fry on the hob or even use cooked chicken that you may have leftover).

  2. Add your pasta to a large pan of salted boiling water and cook according to the packet instructions. In the last few minutes of cooking, add the green beans (or any other veg you may have available i.e. broccoli could work well too)

  3. Drain the pasta & beans and set aside (save a couple of tbsp. of the cooking water)

  4. Add the cream and the pesto and bring to a simmer then add the chicken.

To Serve: This is great served with a sprinkle of parmesan and black pepper accompanied by a green salad.



This quick and easy pasta recipe can be adapted in all sorts of ways to cater for different dietary requirements:

  • 'Lighten up' Leave out the cream for a few less calories.

  • Leave out the chicken so it’s suitable for vegetarians?

  • This recipe uses our Cooking Good nut-free pesto sauce. Why not make a large batch and use some for this recipe but then keep some in the fridge for a few days to jazz up a sandwich lunch or give a herby zing to a burger?

This recipe is great for batch cooking!

Leftovers can be kept in the fridge, in a bowl covered in cling film or in an airtight container, for a couple of days. Alternatively the pasta sauce can be frozen. Ensure to reheat thoroughly on the hob or in a microwave.

Please click HERE to see Cooking Good’s statement on allergens and substitutions within recipes.

Don’t forget to look at our useful articles on a variety of family topics including batch cooking, leftovers, hydration, fussy eaters and more! Here is the LINK.

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