Delicious Pesto pasta with chicken and cheese, plus it's a healthier alternative by switching out some of the basic ingredients...

Pesto Pasta with Cheesy Chicken

Pesto Pasta + Cheesy Chicken Recipe - The Mummy ToolboxThis recipe is so easy that I didn’t bother taking pictures for the method this time (forgive me!).

With only 4 ingredients it is one of my favourite working lunches because it is filling, tasty and really quick to cook (also you can eat pasta with chicken one handed! perfect for researching – multitasking!).

I like to use reduced fat pesto, cheese and no oil when cooking the chicken, as well as wholemeal penne toΒ make it a little healthier but by adding mature cheddar it doesn’t compromise the taste.Β It should take around 20-25 minutes start to finish



*One Serving*

40g Reduced Fat Green Pesto

30g Lighter Mature Cheddar (chop into small pieces)

100g Wholemeal Penne Pasta

100g Chicken (chop into chunks)


  1. Bring the pasta to a boil
  2. Dry fry the chopped chicken (without oil), stir frequently to stop it from sticking (this browns the chicken and makes it a little crispier, you can add oil or low calorie cooking spray if you prefer)
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and add back to the saucepan
  4. On a low heat add the cheese and pesto
  5. Stir continuously until the cheese is melted
  6. Serve and top with the cooked chicken

Pesto Pasta & Cheesy Chicken Recipe - The Mummy ToolboxThe joy of this recipe is that you can also easily measure up and down to cook it in bulk for a week’s worth of healthier lunches! and yes, it really is that simple!

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Written by Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox


  • Sadhna Grover (#)
    April 8th, 2016

    This pasta looks nice, I like the green colour. I will replace chicken with some vegetables.

  • Dais Like These (#)
    April 8th, 2016

    Nice! Can’t beat a good bowl of past pesto. It is my boys favourite dinner I think πŸ™‚

  • Hayleigh Budgetfoodmummy (#)
    April 8th, 2016

    This looks like something all my family would love especially my pesto obsessed husband so I will definitely be giving this a go! #yumtum

  • Laura (#)
    April 7th, 2016

    OOOooOoo I LOVE pesto!! Yum! πŸ™‚

  • Anne (#)
    April 7th, 2016

    This looks yummy!

  • Marilyn (#)
    April 7th, 2016

    Thank you for this. I love a good pesto and mixed with pasta is just my style!

  • Sarah James (#)
    April 7th, 2016

    What a fab recipe Charlotte, a perfect mid week meal when you’re rushed for time and so tasty too. An extra bonus is the low cals, thanks for sharing x

  • Jenna @ A Savory Feast (#)
    April 7th, 2016

    Yum! I love anything pesto.

  • Leigh (#)
    April 7th, 2016

    Gotta love a quick and easy recipe! This looks yummy!

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  • Kaye (#)
    December 20th, 2015

    That looks scrummy, I love seeing simple recipes like this because I’m completely unimaginative in the kitchen and always looking for new dishes to try! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  • A Moment with Franca (#)
    December 19th, 2015

    Pesto is my favourite sauce!! I love it so any recipe that comes with pesto I will love it even more!! LOL This looks quick and easy and of course yummy!! Thanks for sharing this at #KCACOL. I’m looking forward to co-hosting with you the last #KCACOLS of the year!! πŸ™‚ xx

    • Charlotte (#)
      December 19th, 2015

      me too πŸ™‚ thanks for having me πŸ™‚ pesto is so diverse!! xx

  • Lex (#)
    December 16th, 2015

    Wow, this looks amazing and right up my street. I’m going to have to try this! #KCACOLS

  • Sarah (#)
    December 14th, 2015

    Oh I need to start making healtnier lunches! #MarvMondays

  • Jessica Powell (#)
    December 13th, 2015

    Yum! This looks great! πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS

  • Sara at Handy Herbs (#)
    December 13th, 2015

    Yum! Love pasta and pesto! This looks quick and delicious πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS

  • Mommy's Little Princesses (#)
    December 13th, 2015

    What a lovely simple but tasty looking dish nom nom.. xx#KCACOLS

  • Laura (#)
    December 13th, 2015

    I often do this for my 2.5 year old – one of his favourites and really quick when you’re in a hurry. Thanks for sharing x #kcacols

  • Debbie (#)
    December 13th, 2015

    Hi Charlotte, mature cheddar, chicken and pasta? Sounds like the perfect quick meal to me, served with a salad. It would probably make a welcome change from heavy food over Christmas too.


    • Charlotte (#)
      December 13th, 2015

      yes! and pairing it with salad makes it extra filling too! (and you make it healthier ) Thanks for commenting xx

  • Becky (@EducatingR) (#)
    December 12th, 2015

    I love pesto! This sounds yummy #KCACOLS

  • Mila (#)
    December 10th, 2015

    Delightful! Everything I love on one plate! Well, maybe except chocolate πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Charlotte (#)
      December 11th, 2015

      haha sorry I couldn’t quite squeeze in the chocolate on this one :p Thanks for commenting xx

  • Mrs Tubbs (#)
    December 8th, 2015

    That looks yummy! Simple and quick too πŸ™‚

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