Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta is a delicious and healthy dish for lunch or dinner. It is quite easy to prepare as well. On a lazy day for me, it is best to keep stock of some good food in the kitchen. Recently, basil pesto is one of may favorite, especially now that I'm a bit into my diet. Pasta, chicken and olives are always in my stock, so no excuse for not having this good dish even without much effort of doing the grocery.

Basil pesto is also very easy to make from scratch. Just put your fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, grated parmesan cheese and salt into your food processor and that's it! You have your freshly made basil pesto. But if your lazy like me, grocery is the best option to go :)

Basil is definitely healthy vegie. It is known for its essential oils that have been shown to lower blood glucose, triglyceride and cholesterol levels. It is also good source of antioxidant and antimicrobial properties for our body. What can you ask more, it has a very good taste and is sure healthy for our body?

Well, just before I made this dish, I knew already that my husband won't even give it a try. Of course, unless it has a Filipino sweet style pasta sauce, then it is definitely not his type.









Ingredients:

  • 250 g of cooked spaghetti pasta
  • 1/4 kg chicken breast - cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup olives (optional)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice




Procedure:



1.  Marinate the chicken with lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili flakes.
2.  Heat olive oil in a pan with medium low fire and add the chicken. Cook until lightly brown.



3.  Put the pasta, pesto and olives.
4.  Add salt and pepper to taste.




5. Mix all together.
6. Let it cook for 2 minutes.


7. Serve and enjoy!





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