Hi, I was thinking the other day, where would we be, in our busy lives, without Pasta? There are so many dishes you can make using Pasta and today I have Chicken Pasta Pesto Salad to share with you.
This dish takes no more than 30 minutes to make from start to finish! It’s full of lean chicken and crammed with crunchy veggies. In fact if you left the chicken out you could easily make this as a vegetarian dish.
Everything about this dish makes it perfect for a quick, easy, mid-week meal, or you can make it ahead, keep it in an airtight container, in the fridge for up to three days. So it’s got to be one of the easiest meals ever, prepare in advance when you have a bit of time, or cook from scratch and have it on the table in 30 minutes!
Recipe : feeds 4-6 hungry people!
500g/1lb Packet Dried Pasta – I used fusilli
500g/1lb Boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Jar ready made Pesto Sauce
150g/5oz Sugar Snap Peas
1 Small Red Onion
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
225g/8oz Cherry Tomatoes
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Optional – Fresh Basil Leaves
Fill a large pan with water and bring to the boil. Add salt and the pasta and cook according to package instructions.
In a separate pan place the chicken breasts – if very large cut in half first. Add cold water to just cover the chicken. Bring to a gentle simmer and poach for 15-20 minutes until cooked through. I take the largest piece out, cut through the thickest part with a knife and if the chicken is white – not pink, I know it is cooked.
When the pasta is cooked, drain and tip into a large bowl.
Remove the poached chicken breasts, once cooked and place on a plate to cool slightly.
Into a pan of boiling water add the sugar snap peas and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under a cold tap to halt the cooking process.
Chop the cherry tomatoes in half, dice the red onion and yellow pepper.
When the chicken is cool enough to handle chop into bite sized pieces.
Sprinkle over fresh Basil leaves and then serve warm as is, or refrigerate for a delicious cool Summer salad on a hot day!
This salad is very versatile, you can add whatever veggies you have on hand and as I’ve said, omit the chicken and you have a delightful, vegetarian dish!
If you make this I’d love to hear how it turns out?
Does Pasta make your mealtimes easier?