Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 20 mins | Total time: 30 mins | Servings: 4
Easy and quick – this thirty-minute dish is your best option for a last-minute dinner! Very scrumptious and a simple weeknight meal. Feel free to use canned chicken if you are short on time. You can even use whatever veggies are available instead of green beans and cherry tomatoes.
2 chicken breasts, sliced thin
1/2 tsp steak seasoning
16 oz. penne pasta
16 oz. green beans, French cut frozen, unthawed
3/4 tsp Lawry’s seasoned salt
1/4 c. pesto
3/4 c. mayonnaise
1 & 1/2 tbsp white vinegar
1/4 c. Parmesan, shredded
1 box of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 tbsp salt, for boiling water
more Parmesan, for garnish
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
How to make 30 Minute Pesto Penne with Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes
Step 1: In a large pot (or high-side skillet), bring the water to a boil. Add a tbsp salt. Then, add the penne to the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
Step 2: Add the frozen green beans to the pot after 5 minutes of cooking the penne. Set the timer to 4 minutes. Once the pasta is al dente and the green beans are just barely tender, drain them and place them back in the pot. Drizzle with a few tsp oils and stir.
Step 3: Into thin strips, slice each chicken breast. Pat the pieces dry and sprinkle with Lawry’s and steak seasoning.
Step 4: Drizzle about 1 to 2 tsp oil in a hot skillet over medium-high heat, coating the pan with oil. Add a couple of the chicken strips to the skillet once the oil shimmers, ensuring there is enough space between the strips. Cook them for about 2 minutes until brown. Flip and continue to cook the other side for a minute more or until browned. On a cutting board, transfer the cooked chicken strips and let them cool for a little before chopping them into bite-size strips.
Step 5: Place the mayonnaise, pesto, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Mix well until blended.
Step 6: In the meantime, slice the tomatoes and shred the Parmesan.
Step 7: To the drained pasta, add the sauce, tomatoes, Parmesan, and chopped chicken. Toss well and serve immediately, garnished with some shredded Parmesan. Enjoy!
Serving: 1 chicken breast, calories: 973 kcal, carbohydrates: 97 g, protein: 46 g, fat: 44 g, saturated fat: 8 g, polyunsaturated fat: 20 g, monounsaturated fat: 9 g, trans fat: 1 g, cholesterol: 99 mg, sodium: 3139 mg, potassium: 1070 mg, fiber: 7 g, sugar: 9 g, vitamin a: 1490 iu, vitamin c: 28 mg, calcium: 185 mg, iron: 4 mg