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Spicy Chicken & Chorizo Pasta

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Serves 4

A quick and easy pasta dish with stong, bold flavours; suitable for a midweek supper or a saturday night indoors with friends

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  • For the pasta
  • 300g Wholewheat pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts - diced
  • 100g Chorizo
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red chilli - or more to taste
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 15-20 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 190g jar red pesto
  • 300ml pot low fat creme fraiche
  • Splash lemon juice
  • For the Salad
  • Bag rocket
  • 50g parmesam -shaved
  • Balsamic vinegar


    1. Heat olive oil in a pan. Dice chicken and chorizo and add to pan - fry gently for 3-4 minutes until chicken is browned and chorizo oil is released
    2. Whilst chicken is cooking, roughly chop onion and pepper and finely chop garlic and chilli. Add to pan and cook until onion and peppers have softened and chicken is cooked thoroughly
    3. Add tomatoes to pan, gently cook for 5 min until tomatoes begin to burst. Cook pasta as per pack instructions
    4. Whilst pasta is cooking add creme fraiche, lemon juice and pesto to chicken and warm thorugh. Season to taste
    5. Add cooked drained pasta to chicken and creme fraiche mix and stir until coated - serve with a rocket and parmesan salad

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Comments (11)

squiggler's picture

This is really tasty but i preferred it with far less creme fraiche - it tasted richer in flavour before i added it and regretted putting it all in straight away. i'd recommend adding half the creme fraiche if you prefer a fuller, slightly less 'creamy' flavour.

flossydrop's picture

Great quick midweek dish that everyone in the family will eat and enjoy. I pack in some extra green veg (usually broccoli) otherwise it can look rather 'red' and it just makes it easier on the eye. I often eat leftovers the next day for lunch cold.
I roast a chicken and pull the meat off to add into the pasta near the end (plus use remaining for other dishes/packed lunches) I prefer the texture/taste of a roast chicken and find it much more cost effective than breasts.
This has become a family staple. Thanks BBC Good Food.

irishtonto's picture

Fantastic and so delicious, it's my partner's favourite dish

lisajoe's picture

Simple but delicious

nikkihunt2013's picture

This was a fantastic quick dish. I cooked for my friend, who was impressed, as my track record of cooking pasta hasn't always been a winner!

Instead of tomatoes I used a pasta sauce, which worked really well. I didn't use the pesto either. I used Balsamic glaze instead of the vinegar and served with some crème fresh on the side - a real treat and a compliments the dish.


jyotin's picture

Great recipie! Loved it!

lauraburkett's picture

I've never tried it with low fat yoghurt but in theory yes it could work just as well; I'd recommend leaving out the lemon juice though as it may cause it to split.

marionmcc's picture

Made this on Saturday night. Absolutely beautiful! Would this work with no fat natural yoghurt?

vflanagan's picture

Totally gorgeous 

alison2302's picture

Lovely easy dish to make, my husband doesn't do pasta but loved this :-D

annveach's picture

Lovely recipe very tasty and straightforward

Questions (1)

rarchy's picture

Great dish even my 10 year old daughter loved it (without the chilli) but can I freeze it?

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