Pesto chicken kebabs with roasted veg pasta

Pesto chicken kebabs with roasted veg pasta

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(18 ratings)

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 cucurtbit, 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 fruits…

  • 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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21st Dec, 2011
Forgot to buy butternut squash but it wasn't missed. As suggested by Moose I put pieces of chicken breast and cherry tomatoes in the roasting tin with everything else and served with wholewheat penne. Absolutely delicious - week day favourite.
7th Aug, 2011
Excellent recipe and surprisingly filling. Kids didn't like the lemon juice added to the pesto! I did though :0) Delicious and pasta was lovely and really easy! Great BBQ food :)
5th Aug, 2011
Just did the pesto-coated kebabs part and have made them a few times. Brilliant, so easy and simple, and very nice. I alternate chicken pieces with cherry tomatoes and chunks of yellow pepper, and use a good quality fresh pesto.
4th Mar, 2009
Really tasty and a hit with the kids.....
11th Feb, 2009
delish! I added garlic and marinated the chicken in the pesto mix for 4 hours......amazing! I also used rice instead of pasta...
15th Jan, 2009
This is delicious and very easy to make. You don't need the kebabs, just put the chunks of marinaded chicken and some cherry tomatoes in the roasting tin.
11th Sep, 2008
Nice and healthy mid-week meal.
8th Sep, 2008
my partner does'nt like penne, he only likes tagliatelle or spaghetti, so I used this instead and when I added the veg to the pasta, I added no fat greek yoghurt loosened with a little olive oil and lemon juice with a clove of crushed garlic mixed in. the pasta pan was left on the heat of the hob after it was turned off. this was enough to heat the yoghurt through Delicious.


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