I tried a pesto chicken pasta recipe this week from allrecipes.com (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pesto-pasta-with-chicken/) and I definitely recommend this! It’s quick, simple, and amazingly delicious!
What you’ll need:
- 1-16 oz. package of bowtie pasta ($1.00 at a Kroger store, Barilla brand)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (about $3.00-$4.00)
- crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and cut into strips ($6.99, Cento brand – a little pricey, but a game-changer for this meal)
- 1/2 cup pesto sauce ($1.88, Classico brand)
1. Boil some water in a large pot, and add the pasta to it. This should take about 13 minutes, until the pasta is ready.
2. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sautee garlic until tender, then stir in chicken. Season the chicken with red pepper flakes. Stir until chicken is cooked through (about 8 minutes).
3. Add the pasta and the chicken into a large bowl, and mix in the pesto sauce and the sun-dried tomatoes. Toss to coat evenly.
TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS:
- This meal is supposed to take 30 minutes, but you can cut this down to 15 minutes by cutting your chicken into bite-sized pieces the night before.
- The pesto sauce and the jar of sun-dried tomatoes are in the same section as the spaghetti sauce (in your typical grocery store).
- At Kroger, a 10 oz. jar of sun-dried tomatoes is $6.99. At Costco, a 2 lb. jar is $7.99.
- The whole meal cost about $13, and is enough to feed 6-8 people.
- Pair it with a salad on the side! I don’t recommend pairing it with garlic bread, because garlic bread has a massive amount of butter and empty carbs.
- When eaten with the salad, I consider this a healthy meal because olive oil is being used to cook the chicken, and it is also one of the main ingredients of pesto sauce. The chicken provides protein, and the bowtie pasta is just…. pasta.
- I try to eat less of the pasta, and more of the chicken, with my salad, to keep it as Paleo as I can.
Happy cooking!!!! 🙂