Recipe: Chicken Francese over Pesto Pasta

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Buon appetito!


Chicken Francese over Pesto Pasta

Original # of Servings: 1

Total Time: 25 minutes

Active Time: 15 minutes


  • extra virgin olive oil – 2/3 tablespoon
  • salt – 1/8 teaspoon
  • black pepper – 1/4 teaspoon
  • chicken breast – 4 ounces
  • basil – 1/4 teaspoon
  • lemon juice – 2/3 tablespoon
  • rotini – 3 ounces
  • pesto- 2 tablespoons


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Slice chicken breast into thin cutlets. Season with salt and pepper
  3. Add half of your oil to a pan over medium-high heat. Cook chicken for 2 minutes per side.
  4. Transfer chicken to a foil-lined baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
  5. While chicken is cooking, boil a pot of water over medium-high heat. Add pasta and cook for 8-9 minutes, until al dente.
  6. Remove chicken from oven and dice into bite-sized pieces.
  7. Place chicken, remaining oil, lemon juice, and basil in a man and mix well.
  8. Drain pasta and add back to pot. Mix with pesto over burner to keep warm.
  9. Add chicken to pasta and mix well. Serve hot.

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