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15 MINUTES DINNER: Chicken Pesto Pasta

15 MINUTES DINNER:  Chicken Pesto Pasta

One of those nights when you have to feed hungry stomachs and nothing comes to mind. I stood there in front of the fridge the other night and then pantry and tried to be creative; in the end went for the easiest dinner that everybody going to eat and not complain as much -chicken and pasta.

It took me longer to think what is dinner going to be, than to actually cook this. It's very simple as you can see, that even your kid could make, of course with your supervision if it's younger. Yes, it took me 15 minutes, but don't hold it against me if you take more than that. When I cook, I multitask so our meals are on the table before you know it. 

This is one of those posts that I am not creative even when it come to writing.... Motherhood and work take most of my time these days and I have to apologize because I am not answering your emails on time, and commenting on your delicious posts. 
Even pictures, which will be updated soon didn't came out the way I want... but dinner... Dinner was delicious! 

Soooo... here is my pasta!:) 

15 MINUTES DINNER:  Chicken Pesto Pasta 
Serves 6 
  • 1 whole boneless Chicken Breast, cut into bite size
  • 1 tbsp. Oil 
  • 2 cups Broccoli Florets, fresh 
  • 1 pk Pasta 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Drizzle of Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Basil Pesto
  • 2 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

15 MINUTES DINNER:  Chicken Pesto Pasta

  1. Cut Chicken into bite size pieces, season it with little bit of salt and pepper, oil a frying or sauteing pan and cook chicken until done -about 5 minutes. Take it on the clean plate and set aside. 
  2. Meantime, boil salted water (1 tsp. Salt) and drop in pasta, let it cook until done. 
  3. Wash and cut broccoli into florets, drop them in with the pasta approximately 20-30 seconds before pasta is done. Drain into colander and shock under cold water (reserve about 1/2 of cut of pasta water)
  4. Add oil into the pan and put pasta, broccoli, pesto, Parmesan, garlic powder and cooked chicken. 
  5. On a medium heat, mix pasta, pour in the pasta water and stir until it's well combined and coated. 
  6. Add more cheese or pesto if desired. 

Serve immediately!


After pasta is cooled down, you can add it into an airtight container and keep in fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat and eat! 
You can add mushrooms, peppers and other veggies.

Wishing you a great week ahead! 
Your friend,

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  1. I'm all about quick & easy meals, especially one like this. Love it!

    1. Thanks Matt! Yea! We all need quick fix sometimes!

  2. I understand what you're saying Sandra, there are times when I just can't think of what to cook. Dinner is more challenging since we are exhausted from house chores all day, but the mother in us want to feed a delicious meal to her family! I'm pinning your recipe since it's easy, looks delicious, and I'm sure I'll try it!
    You're a good mom Sandra :)

    1. Oh yea! Motherhood and house full of hungry growing we gotta think fast lol! Thanks Muna so much as always!!!!

  3. Haha you know how I feel about pasta in general (cuz of work). But this looks good! Sounds like you have mad cooking skills of a super busy mom, -multitasking and doing it fast!

    1. Aww....I like to multitask! When they are in school, it's helping w/ homework, making dinner, washing dishes name it! haha Thank you Miss Kim!:)

  4. I love pesto + chicken + pasta combo and I have to admit I make this often... this is a dish that my family sometimes say "Again?!" with that fawning face. LOL! I love that much! It's easy to cook (instead of going out to eat!) and I love the taste... they complain before eating, but once they eat, they ask for seconds. I like the garlic powder you use - save extra more time to cook garlic. ;) Will try!

    1. Oh yes! Guilty as charged haha either rice bowl or pasta bowl...not much creativity these days at all, but as long as they eat I am fine :))
      Thanks Nami, so much!!!

  5. I'm all in for pesto! This is my comfort pasta dish. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Looks like the perfect combination for pasta to me.
    Fresh and tasty, perfect for summer .

  7. Pasta is my all time favorite, i can have it anytime.
    These recipe is easy, healthy and most important mouthwatering. Before it was mind set that healthy food is not tasty but now a days watching so many recipe on tv or online the meaning of healthy is change.


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