Creamy chicken & green bean pesto pasta

Creamy chicken & green bean pesto pasta

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(57 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Grab some Italian pesto and greens from your storecupboard and rustle up this pot - penne or fusilli work well

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal593
  • fat28g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein29g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 400g pasta shapes



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 250g green bean, trimmed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 bunch spring onions, finely sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 large ready-roasted chicken breasts, shredded
  • 5 tbsp pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 3 tbsp double cream
  • handful parmesan, grated, to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Cook pasta following pack instructions, adding green beans for the final 6 mins of cooking time. Drain and reserve a few tbsps of the cooking water.

  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Add spring onions and cook for 1-2 mins until soft, then set aside.

  3. Add the shredded chicken in the pan and heat through. Stir through pesto and cream. Pop pasta and beans in with the chicken mix and stir to coat, adding a little of the cooking water. Season and sprinkle with Parmesan.

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Katiegriffiths94's picture
17th Sep, 2017
Really nice recipe! Added cherry tomatoes at the end to give some crunch! Deffo cooking it again!
17th Mar, 2017
I used an onion and cooked diced chicken breasts and onion with garlic. Added the beans and also green pepper and celery. 1 small jar of pesto sauce – put some in with the chicken and then added water to the jar to dilute. Plus a splash of white wine. Finally added some milk to make more sauce as it was a bit dry. The cream is too rich for me. It was delicious.
1st Dec, 2015
Really enjoyed this dish but I added more cream and pesto than in the recipe and replaced the spring onion with spinach.
1st Dec, 2015
Cooked this and replaced the spring onions with spinach which tasted really great! Also added in a bit more pesto and cream to taste.
9th Dec, 2014
fired in two cloves of garlic and a little bit of chilli and added in some mushrooms, swaped the double cream for fromage frais . turned out pretty nice. will be on the menu again
1st Nov, 2014
I enjoyed this meal. Added some mozzarella just for the fun of it. I also probably added more pesto than the recipe called for.
24th Aug, 2014
Found this far too bland and tasteless, it really needed something to incorporate more flavour. I also felt there was way too much pasta for the quantity of sauce, even though I slackened the sauce with pasta cooking water and added parmesan to serve. This one won't be on the weekly repertoire!
8th Apr, 2014
Has anyone freezes this? I was just wondering whether you would freeze the whole dish including the cooked pasta, and what the reheating instructions would be.
25th Mar, 2014
I love this recipe. We have it a few times a month. Very tasty
5th Feb, 2014
I am going to cook this in 2hr! Fingers X"


8th Apr, 2014
Hi - if I have leftovers can I freeze the whole dish (including the cooked pasta)? If so, once defrosted what would be the best way to reheat? Thanks.
22nd Apr, 2017
I added more chicken and reduced the pasta. Wouldn't have enjoyed it if I'd put the amount of pasta recommended in! Also added an extra tbsp. of pesto and cream. Sour cream works for a slightly healthier alternative too.
ellie.charlie.flo's picture
1st Mar, 2015
gave this a splash of white wine and tasted really good!
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