Growing Chefs! Ontario Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken pesto pasta is a quick, delicious dinner and a great way to use up leftover chicken!
Difficulty
Intermediate
Yield
Serves 4-6
Ingredients
1 pound whole wheat pasta, cooked1 green zucchini, diced1 yellow zucchini, diced1 small eggplant, diced1 red pepper, diced1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved1 clove garlic, minced1 tablespoon olive oile1 cup cooked, shredded chicken1/4 cup pesto1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for serving1/4 cup 35% cream Salt to taste Pepper to taste
Equipment
Large potStrainerCutting boardParing knifeLarge frying panWooden spoonMeasuring cupsMeasuring spoonsGraterDish towelTasting spoons

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Dice the zucchini into pieces about 1 cm, and put into small bowl.

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Dice the eggplant into pieces about 1 cm, and put into a small bowl.

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Dice the pepper into pieces about 1 cm, and put into a small bowl.

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Cut cherry tomatoes in half.

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Mince the garlic with a rasp.

Measure out the oil, chicken, pesto, parmesan cheese and cream into separate bowls.

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Get Cooking!

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and season liberally with salt (it should be salty like the ocean). Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package, strain and set aside.

Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat, and add the olive oil. Add eggplant. Season with salt and pepper and sauté for 3 minutes.

Add the peppers to the pan and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.

Add the minced garlic, zucchini, tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes or until all of the vegetables have softened.

Deglaze with 35% cream and stir in chicken, parmesan, pesto and pasta to heat through. Check seasoning and serve with more grated parmesan on top.

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Deglaze with 35% cream and stir in chicken, parmesan, pesto and pasta to heat through. 

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Check seasoning and serve with more grated parmesan on top.

Chicken pesto pasta
Ingredients
1 pound whole wheat pasta, cooked1 green zucchini, diced1 yellow zucchini, diced1 small eggplant, diced1 red pepper, diced1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved1 clove garlic, minced1 tablespoon olive oile1 cup cooked, shredded chicken1/4 cup pesto1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for serving1/4 cup 35% cream Salt to taste Pepper to taste
Equipment
Large potStrainerCutting boardParing knifeLarge frying panWooden spoonMeasuring cupsMeasuring spoonsGraterDish towelTasting spoons

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Dice the zucchini into pieces about 1 cm, and put into small bowl.

Pesto pasta equipment 00 00 05 17 Still003

Dice the eggplant into pieces about 1 cm, and put into a small bowl.

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Dice the pepper into pieces about 1 cm, and put into a small bowl.

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Cut cherry tomatoes in half.

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Mince the garlic with a rasp.

Measure out the oil, chicken, pesto, parmesan cheese and cream into separate bowls.

Pesto pasta equipment 00 00 21 07 Still007

Get Cooking!

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and season liberally with salt (it should be salty like the ocean). Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package, strain and set aside.

Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat, and add the olive oil. Add eggplant. Season with salt and pepper and sauté for 3 minutes.

Add the peppers to the pan and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.

Add the minced garlic, zucchini, tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes or until all of the vegetables have softened.

Deglaze with 35% cream and stir in chicken, parmesan, pesto and pasta to heat through. Check seasoning and serve with more grated parmesan on top.

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Deglaze with 35% cream and stir in chicken, parmesan, pesto and pasta to heat through. 

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Check seasoning and serve with more grated parmesan on top.

Chicken pesto pasta