Be inspired by ♥ Coriander Pesto Chicken Pasta

A few years ago Dave and I decided that we would get a new side by side freezer/fridge for our joint Christmas present. The one I wanted will not fit into our new kitchen and so I had to settle for something different. It works well for the OCD part of me as the freezer drawers are marked – meat, chicken, fish, vegetables and ICE CREAM! It has a DIY ice maker and loads of freezer space. Given that I like to cook in rotation: meat, chicken, fish, vegetarian – the freezer works really well for me.  I buy my meat and chicken as needed, and in bulk and then I freeze in portions. I then take out the protein we are having, and the meal we end up eating is decided by the protein we have out. The day after I made the coriander pesto, we had chicken on the menu, and so I decided to use the two ingredients to create this dish.

"Coriander Pesto Chicken Pasta"

Coriander Pesto Chicken Pasta

Coriander Pesto Chicken Pasta
  • 200g pasta of your choice
  • 15mls olive oil
  • 2 skinned and boned chicken breasts, sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 0.625mls chilli flakes
  • 15mls coriander pesto
  • 30mls crème fraîche
  1. while the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large frying pan
  2. season and seal the chicken and remove from the pan
  3. sauté the shallot until soft
  4. add the chilli flakes and the chicken
  5. stir in the pesto and the crème fraîche
  6. you may need to loosen the sauce with at least 1 tablespoon of the pasta water


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I am submitting this recipe to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted this week by Jennifer from For Such A Time As This


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About Tandy

Tandy is passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when she cooks. She lives in Gordons Bay in a cottage with her husband, two dogs, a tortoise and a fish. Tandy and Dave are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. Each year they visit a new place to experience the food of the area and you can follow along on their adventures.


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  2. My kind of meal, actually I had pesto pasta salad and chicken for lunch, sadly from a shop – should make pesto more often, and I miss my basil bush! Keep well!

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  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog–hope you’ll join in the canning party! And I love the idea of a coriander-based pesto (although I’d be adding it to my tofu–does your freezer have a drawer for that? 😀 ).

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  4. Am still stuck on the bit where you said your freezer has a DIY ice cream maker…wow!!!!! Love the way you used the Coriander pesto – looks lovely.

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    • you got stuck on the wrong bit sadly – a drawer for ice creams and a DIY ice maker – but a DIY ice cream maker would be fantastic! Have a great day :)

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  5. Oh! I’ll never resist a plate of pasta and pesto sauce, and with the extra bonus boost of have a winner dish! Just Delicious!

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