Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lemon Pesto Chicken Pasta


Recipe: Main Dish, Recipe:  Chicken, Recipe: Pasta, pesto chicken marinade, pesto chicken pasta, fresh basil
I have been so happy that so many of you have loved the pesto chicken marinade I blogged about a couple weeks ago. I have had so many emails and comments from family and friends that it has quickly become a favorite summer marinade of theirs..as well as mine! The flavors are incredible between the lemon, pesto, basil, etc. One of the best parts about this marinade is it is great as a main dish, or it is also versatile in pasta, on a sandwich, etc. The other night I had extra chicken and threw together this SIMPLE Pesto Pasta Salad. The best part about it is it doesn't have a cooked alfredo sauce. Besides cooking the noodles, everything else is just throw together, toss and you are ready to serve. This is a great salad to serve at any upcoming barbecues. Hope you love it!

Recipe: Main Dish, Recipe:  Chicken, Recipe: Pasta, pesto chicken marinade, pesto chicken pasta, fresh basil


Lemon Pesto Chicken Pasta

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, marinated in pesto marinade, grilled and sliced (or cubed)
24 oz. dry farfalle pasta (or other pasta), cooked until tender and pasta water drained
1 1/2-2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved (or use roma or vine tomatoes that have been diced)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup pesto
2 Tbls. lemon juice (fresh or from a bottle)
Thin pasta out with extra lemon juice or half & half
Cracked black pepper and salt to taste

Marinate chicken, grill and slice (or cube) and set aside. Boil the noodles until al dente, drain and place in a large serving bowl. On to the pasta add the mayonnaise, pesto and lemon juice to the pasta and stir. Add extra lemon juice or half & half to thin out the sauce. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Add the spinach to the pasta, the parmesan cheese, and tomatoes and toss. Top with grilled chicken.

Recipe: Main Dish, Recipe:  Chicken, Recipe: Pasta, pesto chicken marinade, pesto chicken pasta, fresh basil

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