Garlic Pesto Chicken with Tomato Cream Penne

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I had planned to just grill chicken for dinner last night, but I guess we’ve done that too frequently in the last few weeks because Big Brother groaned and said, “Again?” I decided to try a new recipe from the hundreds I’ve pinned on Pinterest. It took much longer than grilling chicken, but it was tastier and different.

I used this recipe (posted below), but I made a few changes, since I hadn’t planned ahead. I didn’t have the marinade the recipe calls for, so I used olive oil, fresh garlic, ground oregano, onion powder, salt, and pepper on the chicken, and I didn’t let it marinate at all because I didn’t have time.

I didn’t have any prepared pesto, but I found this recipe for basil almond pesto (also posted below), and I had all the ingredients. I just had to run out to the garden to snip some basil. I love having fresh herbs!

I just used regular milk instead of half n half in the sauce. It was rich enough for us with milk. I added the flour to thicken the sauce, but it still wasn’t very thick. I think I will add the flour with the oil after sautéing the garlic next time.

Oh! Big Brother served himself and thought his food looked so nice that he wanted a picture, so here you go.

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Also, I have one very picky eater who will not eat any sauce on her pasta, so I did not toss the pasta with the sauce. The rest of us poured sauce over our pasta and placed the chicken on top. We added the extra Parmiggiano reggiano on top.

We enjoyed this recipe, and I plan to make it again. I think I will add more pesto and fresh garlic to the sauce next time, but it was good like this too. I just prefer more spice.

I have the worst luck with websites/blogs changing and not being able to access recipes later, so I have included the two recipes I used to make it easier for you.

Garlic Pesto Chicken with Tomato Cream Penne
Chicken
1/2 bottle of Lawry’s Herb and Garlic Marinade
2 large spoonfuls of pesto
2 boneless chicken breasts
Cut chicken into one inch strips. Using same knife make slits into chicken. Pour marinade and pesto over chicken. Marinate over night.

Sauce
8 ounces of your choice of pasta
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
2 spoonfuls of pesto
1/2 cup of chicken broth
8 ounces of tomato sauce
1 cup of half and half
Boil water and prepare noodles according to package directions.
Pour entire batch of chicken, marinade and all, into skillet and cook chicken fully (the marinade will evaporate/cook down).
Heat olive oil, cook garlic. Add pesto. Add chicken broth and simmer until half has cooked down. Add tomato sauce. Then add milk. Simmer for 5 minutes. Toss pasta in. Add flour if it needs to be thickened. Place chicken on top.

Basil Almond Pesto
Ingredients
2 cups fresh basil
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup roasted whole almonds
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove
salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
In a food processor, pulse the whole almonds and 1 garlic clove until all are ground well.
Add basil, Parmesan and olive oil and pulse together until well incorporated, but don’t over mix.
Taste for seasoning. Add additional olive oil if needed.

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About Leslie

I am a wife and mother of four, who loves organization but is dealt a new hand of chaos each day. I love Jesus, my husband, and each of my unique children. I strive to foster these relationships and bring a little organization to our chaotic home. I want to be a better blogger, but, truthfully, this is just not as high on my priority list as the aforementioned relationships or the state of our home.

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