Friday, March 1, 2013

Chicken and Homemade Pesto Spaghetti That Will Make You Happy!

Pesto originates from Italy and it’s made by grinding fresh basil leave, pine nuts, cheese, garlic and olive oil. We now have 100s of different variations and it’s eaten all around the world. The first time I had pesto, I knew it was going to be one of my favorite things. Basil and nuts, what’s not to like right? And once you start making your own pesto, there is no way you will go back to the bottled ones! It’s so easy and if you make too much, well that’s a good thing, because you can make so many different recipes out of it.

I made this chicken and pesto spaghetti and thought I’d share it with you guys. If you only have 30 minutes to spare for lunch? Then try this ( :

All you need is :
250g spaghetti
3 tablespoon of pesto sauce (Look below for pesto recipe) – if you don’t have the time to make it, then get a nice pesto pre made from the grocers. But please make it coz it’s so easy!
3 chicken thighs – diced (add a little salt and flour; marinate and set aside)
2 table spoon of Olive oil
1 clove of garlic - minced
10 cherry tomatoes – halved
5 large basil leaves – chopped
Handful of toasted pine nuts
Salt and Pepper to taste

Easy homemade pesto sauce:
2 bunches of basil
4 or 5 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup toasted pine nuts
¼ cup toasted cashew nuts
½ cup Parmesan - grated
Salt and pepper to taste
*grind all together while adding olive oil in a food processor or using pestle and mortar. Keep tasting and adding oil or salt/pepper to taste

This is how you make the whole recipe:
1)      Boil the spaghetti with salt and olive oil ; make sure you take it out a little under done because you will be cooking it with the sauce later
2)      Heat up a pan with olive oil, add the chicken and garlic. When chicken is cooked, add the pesto sauce, spaghetti, tomatoes, pine nuts and basil leaves.
3)      Mix everything together and add salt and pepper.
4)      Top up with some cheese and serve immediately

With working full time, being a wife, taking care of my furry baby and everything else, fast and easy recipes like this make me happy. What do you think? ( :


  1. Great recipe, Sunita! Perfect pesto recipe too, makes you wonder why more people don't make it themselves, doesn't it? Have a great Sunday!

  2. Thank you Lin, yes things like this are so simple yet so satisfying to make! Have a good one too ( :