Coriander Pesto Chicken Pasta

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

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
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Coriander Pesto Chicken Pasta

Recipe Category: Chicken, Italian


  • 200 g pasta of your choice
  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 2 skinned and boned chicken breasts sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 0.625 mls chilli flakes
  • 15 mls coriander pesto
  • 30 mls crème fraîche


  • while the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large frying pan
  • season and seal the chicken and remove from the pan
  • sauté the shallot until soft
  • add the chilli flakes and the chicken
  • stir in the pesto and the crème fraîche
  • you may need to loosen the sauce with at least 1 tablespoon of the pasta water

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26 thoughts on “Coriander Pesto Chicken Pasta

  1. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

  2. 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? 😀 ).

  3. 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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