Jamie's Italian Pesto Pasta with Chicken Recipe

As much as I would love to be slim and super fit, pasta exists. If it was better for you, I'm pretty sure I'd eat it for every meal (with some peanut butter for dessert of course), but sadly it's saved for more of a treat. 

Thankfully the lovely people at Jamie's Italian recently got in touch with recipes for healthier pasta options, rejoice! I have a thing for pesto so I thought I'd share this rather delicious Pesto Pasta with Chicken recipe with you, it's the perfect weekday meal because it only takes 15 minutes!


For the chicken: 

  • 2 x 200 g skinless free-range chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons rapeseed oil
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 fresh red chillies
  • 8 ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 250 g green beans
     For the pasta and pesto:

  •  1 big bunch of fresh basil
  • 50 g blanched almonds
  • 50 g Parmesan cheese , plus extra to serve
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 300 g fresh lasagne sheets
  • 200 g baby spinach

  • Method

    On a large sheet of greaseproof paper, toss the chicken with salt, pepper, fennel seeds and the rosemary leaves • Fold over the paper, then bash and flatten the chicken to 1.5cm thick with a rolling pin • Put into the frying pan with the rapeseed oil, the bashed unpeeled garlic cloves and halved chillies, turning after about 3 or 4 minutes, until golden and cooked through • Line the beans up and cut off the stalks, put into the casserole pan, cover with boiling salted water and cook for 6 minutes with the lid on

    Pick a few basil leaves for garnish, then rip off the stalks and put the rest of the bunch into the processor with the almonds, Parmesan, extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice • Squash in the unpeeled garlic through a garlic crusher • Blitz until smooth, adding a ladle or two of cooking water from the beans to loosen, then season to taste • Slice the lasagne sheets up into random handkerchief shapes and add to the beans to cook for a couple of minutes • Halve or quarter the tomatoes, add to the chicken and give the pan a shake

    Stir the spinach into the pasta pan, then drain, reserving a cupful of the starchy cooking water • Return the pasta, beans and spinach to the pan, pour in the pesto from the processor and stir together, loosening with splashes of cooking water until silky • Slice the chicken breasts in half and serve with the tomatoes and chilli spooned over the top • Finely grate a little extra Parmesan over the pasta, then sprinkle everything with basil leaves. Then, enjoy!

    If you're as taken with pasta as I am, you can learn all about the different types of pasta in the world thank to Jamie's Italian. Now, time to try every single, last one of them...


    1. Um. YUM. SUCH YUM. This looks amazing Clare!! So colourful and healthy :D xx

      Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

    2. I adore Jamie Oliver's recipes they're always so delicious! Will be trying this one out for sure :) x


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