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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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25 comments on “Pesto Pasta with Cheesy Chicken”

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.


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