Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta



We had a wonderful Chicken Pesto Pasta at my daughter's wedding reception. I wanted to make something similar at home, so I came up with this recipe. The sauce tastes better if it's had time to sit for a while, so if you have time, try making the sauce early in the day, then reheating it later to serve over freshly cooked pasta.


Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (or fillet them yourself from bone-in breasts)
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic-pepper blend (such as Cavender's Greek Seasoning)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup chicken broth
2 Tablespoons diced roasted red pepper
1/4 cup prepared pesto
1/4 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
Enough regular or whole-wheat pasta for 4-5 servings (I used whole wheat penne)

In large skillet, cook chicken, onion and garlic-pepper seasoning until chicken is no longer pink. Remove chicken and onions from pan and set them aside.

Place cornstarch in a 2-cup measure or small bowl. Whisk in a small amount of half-and-half until smooth. Add remaining half-and-half and the chicken broth. Whisk together, then pour into same pan used for chicken. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until sauce has thickened. Stir in roasted red pepper, pesto and Parmesan cheese. Continue to cook and stir until sauce reaches desired consistency.

Stir in reserved chicken and onions. Cook until chicken is heated through and no longer pink inside.

Serve chicken and sauce over pasta.

4 comments:

Annie Jones said...

What's that little black spot in the photo, you ask? I'm not sure, but I think it must have been a charred bit of the roasted red pepper. Whatever it was, I think I ate it. :)

SonyaAnn said...

Your comment is funny!
Do you think that it would taste right without the cheese? Den can't eat cheese. Well, he can eat a little mozzarella. He makes dinner difficult! It looks wonderful!!! He doesn't need to eat one night.;)

Annie Jones said...

I'm sure you could leave out the added Parmesan and it would be fine, but I think most prepared pesto sauces have some cheese in them. :(

Shane doesn't like Parm, but I can use small amounts like this and he's fine.

SonyaAnn said...

It is just so depressing when the kids and I go without cheese. We all love it but he just can't eat it. Someone is always causing a problem!!!