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Chicken & creamy pesto pasta

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Serves 2

Fresh basil and creme fraiche make a mid-week pesto pasta dinner into a dish impressive enough for friends. This will become a firm favourite.

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  • Pasta - I use linguine but anything you have will do. Vary the amount depending on how hungry you are
  • 2 tbsp half-fat creme fraiche
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • cherry tomatoes - as many as you like, halved
  • 1 courgette, chopped into slices
  • 6 x free range chicken strips - or a sliced chicken breast (2 if small)
  • olive oil
  • Fresh basil


    1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions
    2. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil and fry the chicken. After a minute add the courgette.
    3. Mix the creme fraiche and pesto together.
    4. Just as the chicken and courgette seems done throw in your cherry tomatoes and cook for about a minute, or until the tomatoes begin to soften. (Not too long or they will turn to sauce!)
    5. Add the pesto and creme fraiche mix, plus some basil leaves (about 10), to the chicken pan and heat through, covering the other ingredients.
    6. Drain the pasta, plate up and serve the chicken and sauce on top. Sprinklw with some more basil leaves if you want.
    7. You can make more of less sauce really easily and add as much chicken as you like to suit all appetites and tastes, less pesto or more could be added too.

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18th Dec, 2011
Just tried this tonight, I didnt have creme fraiche so I used tesco soft cheese. Also fyi used gluten free pasta because I'm coeliac. It was gorgeous. The pesto I used is also gluten free - it was sacla pesto sauce. Yummy, yummy, yummy! Cant wait til I have this dish again. Bring it on.
6th May, 2011
just madethis for my lunch/dinner for work. very easy and nice, i used single cream as ran out of creme freche but still yummy!!
Strider Vicky
22nd Sep, 2010
Simple to prepare and cook. very quick meal and lovely flavour.
17th Aug, 2010
this sounds scrumptious
11th May, 2010
Simple, reliable and very tasty
2nd Nov, 2009
This was delicious! And soooo easy to make...
31st May, 2009
Mmmmm.... this sounds really yummy!!!
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