Pesto chicken kebabs with roasted veg pasta

Pesto chicken kebabs with roasted veg pasta

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4, plus leftovers for 4

You can sneak a few vegetables that might normally be refused into this scrumptious low fat supper

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal527
  • fat8g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs71g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre6g
  • protein48g
  • salt0.46g
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  • 1 butternut squash, around 700g/1lb 9oz, halved, deseeded and cubed
  • 2 courgettes, cubed



    The courgette is a variety of cucurbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into 2cm/1in pieces
  • 4 thyme sprigs, leaves removed


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 4 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…

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2cm/1in pieces
  • juice 1 and a ½ lemons



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 4 tbsp pesto



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


  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • 600g penne pasta


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/ gas 6. Put the vegetables into a large roasting tin. Scatter with the thyme and season. Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and roast for 40 mins, turning halfway.

  2. Meanwhile, soak 8 wooden skewers. Put the chicken into a shallow dish, then mix with the lemon juice and pesto.

  3. Thread the chicken and tomatoes onto the skewers, then put onto a roasting tray. Drizzle with the rest of the olive oil and roast for 20 mins, turning once, until the chicken is cooked through. Boil the pasta. Toss half of the roasted vegetables and pasta together, then serve with the pesto chicken kebabs.

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14th Mar, 2017
I've decided to post a comment as I love this recipe so much and everyone else does who I make it for.. I read the comments (as always) to get ideas.. I marinate the chicken chunks in lemon, garlic and pesto, for as long as possible, I do not bother with skewers then cook red peppers and add them to the chicken in pesto, mushrooms and tomatoes.. once pasta is cooked add to the chicken and serve.. always loads left over for lunch the next day! Fab recipe
18th Jan, 2017
Made this recipe with home made pesto instead and with 200g couscous instead of pasta and seasoned the vegetables with dried thyme and dried mixed herbs it was delicious! However I only used one pepper, one courgette and half the butternut squash and it made enough to feed about 6, delicious next day though!
Norma. mackey
6th Oct, 2016
Delicious - kids loved it!
2nd May, 2014
Didn't enjoy this - none of the family did - wouldn't make again.
19th Feb, 2014
I have made this a couple of times now (just the chicken if I'm honest) and w creally like it as a family. My 5 year old loves the chicken, it is tasty and moist and of course, it's on a stick so she loves eating it! Plus it is so easy to make. Perfect. It will be a regular feature in our dinner routines.
2nd Sep, 2013
Confused: "Toss half of the roasted vegetables and pasta together, then serve with the pesto chicken kebabs." What do you do with the other half of the roasted vegetables (and pasta?)
24th Sep, 2013
It says serves four plus leftovers for four!
16th Aug, 2012
Tasted fab and the kids loved it! I did the chicken on skewers, simply because I find food on a stick is much more appealing to 3 and 5 year old than normal food!
27th Mar, 2012
I made this tonight, very tasty, didn't use skewers, as took advice from above and loved it, also added garlic and mushrooms instead of butternut squash as don't like it. Will deffo make again :)
19th Jan, 2012
Made this last night - I marinated the chicken with Pesto and some red chillies for extra spice. I also cooked the chicken with the veg and stirred all this into the cooked pasta. Delicious - and plenty leftover for lunch the next day!


Alanofthed's picture
24th Feb, 2019
Do you cut up the butternut squash to roast it or put it in the oven just halved?
goodfoodteam's picture
7th Mar, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes, you do. We've now amended the ingredients to show this. Enjoy!
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