La Madeleine Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe

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La Madeleine Chicken Pesto Pasta is a delicious and flavorful dish that combines tender chicken, al dente pasta, and a creamy pesto sauce. This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or a special occasion. The combination of fresh ingredients and aromatic flavors will leave you wanting more.

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook the chicken breasts for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Remove from the skillet and let them rest for a few minutes. Slice the chicken into thin strips.
  3. In the same skillet, add the cherry tomatoes and pine nuts. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the tomatoes start to soften and the pine nuts are lightly toasted.
  4. In a blender or food processor, combine the grated Parmesan cheese, fresh basil leaves, garlic cloves, and extra virgin olive oil. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  5. In a large bowl, toss the cooked penne pasta with the pesto sauce. Add the sliced chicken, cherry tomatoes, and pine nuts. Mix well to combine.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and enjoy!