Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Garlic Pesto Chicken with Tomato Cream Penne

I feel as if this is the one of my favorite times of year when a simple dinner with friends turns into a a full fledged dinner party of 12 simply because "the more the merrier" mentality takes hold and the company of good friends is just too enticing.

I love looking around a table and seeing people from all aspects of my life come together to break bread. There is just something so special about that one ritual.

This is one of those recipes to keep in your back pocket for just those occasions. It is so seasonally delicious with the pesto made from the fresh basil in the garden and the chicken can easily be done on the grill or in a pan....whichever is easiest for you!

This is how we prepared what I like to call out "loaves and fishes meal" as it can easily and quickly be multiplied!

Garlic Pesto Chicken with Tomato Cream Penne
1/2 bottle of lawrys Herb and Garlic Marinade
2 large spoonfuls of Pesto 
2 boneless chicken breasts.

Cut chicken into one inch strips. Using same knife make slits into chicken. Pour lawrys marinade and pesto over chicken. Marinate over night (I did mine Sunday morning and cooked mine Monday evening so it marinated a while!!)

8 ounces of your choice of pasta (I used whole wheat penne) 
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
2 spoonfuls of pesto
1/2 cup of chicken broth
8 ounces of tomato sauce 
1 cup of half and half

Boil water and start on noodles.
Pour entire batch of chicken, marinade and all, into skillet and cook chicken fully (the marinade will evaporate/cook down).
Remove chicken from the pan and heat olive oil, cook garlic. Add pesto. Simmer in chicken broth until half has cooked down. Add tomato sauce. Then add milk. 
Simmer for 5 minutes. Toss pasta in. Add flour if it needs to be thickened. 
Place chicken on top.
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  1. Any way to cook the chicken in the crockpot all day?

    1. If you did that I would use chicken breasts instead of tenders with some pesto and chicken broth and then cut the breasts into chunks. Hope that helps!