Thursday, July 11, 2013

Recipe: Pesto-glazed chicken breast with pesto spaghetti (Curtis Stone)

I have just made some homemade pesto that morning. When I was browsing Curtis Stone's website for more recipes I can make for "Cook Like a Star", his recipe for pesto-glazed chicken breast with spaghetti caught my attention - I like it for its simplicity and ease of making as well as it being a really healthy dinner meal.

Pesto-glazed chicken breast with pesto spaghetti

In my home, we like eating chicken breast because it is lean and healthier. The chicken breasts are first browned in a pan, and then the pesto is spread over the chicken and baked in the oven for about 8-10 minutes. For me, the chicken is moist and I like it with the flavorful pesto sauce. After being baked in the oven, the chicken also has a lovely cheesy crust (Parmesan in the pesto).

Curtis Stone serves his spaghetti with some olive oil and parsley, however since I still have leftover pesto even after coating generous amounts over the chicken, I decided to serve the pesto-glazed chicken breast with pesto spaghetti. Pesto overload? No complains from my little ones for sure, as this is one of their favorite pasta dishes. Baby D likes his pasta with extra torn sweet basil leaves, fresh from the herb garden of course.

A healthy, delicious meal you can prepare in under 30 minutes

Seeing my family eat healthy makes me happy :D

Matching shirt colour to the pesto :P

Pesto-glazed chicken breast with pesto spaghetti
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from Curtis Stone
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 12-14 minutes
Serves 2

1 quantity homemade pesto (recipe here)

2 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
125g dried spaghetti
15g Parmesan cheese, shaved, for garnish
1 tbsp torn basil leaves, for garnish
1 tbsp pine nuts, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C.

2. To make the pesto: please refer to recipe here. You can place all ingredients in a food processor to save time.Once the pesto is ready, set aside.

3. For the chicken: Heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a large ovenproof sauté pan over high heat. Sprinkle the chicken breasts generously with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken breasts just until golden brown but not yet cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.

4. Remove the pan from the heat. Spread about 1 -1 1/2 tbsp of pesto over the top of the chicken breasts each. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the chicken is just cooked through, about 8-10  minutes.

5. To prepare the pasta: Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water over high heat
until al dente, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking, about 8-10 minutes. Drain the spaghetti, reserving 3 teaspoons of water - add the water to the remaining pesto to smoothen the paste. Place the pasta in a large bowl, then add the pesto and 1 tbsp olive oil and toss to coat.

6. To serve: Using a two-pronged carving fork, swirl some of the pasta around the fork. Slide the pasta off the fork and mound it in the center of a plate. Repeat for each serving.

7. Cut each chicken breast crosswise and on a slight diagonal into 4-6 slices. Arrange the chicken slices alongside the spaghetti.

8. Garnish with the pine nuts, shaved Parmesan cheese, and torn basil leaves. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over and serve.

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  1. Love the way you're feeding your kids and how they obviously enjoy it - had a problem with mine when she was this small - did not want to eat anything! Grrrrr!!!!!

  2. I love pesto and this recipe is right up my alley. I used his pesto recipe to make a pesto pizza which I'll post later...

  3. Hi Yen,

    We are the chicken breast people too! - Although tougher, the thought of eating less fat sounds guilt-free and good :p

    I see and share your enjoyment of feeding healthy food to your "babies". Nice of all that they are happy feasting these spaghetti.


  4. Your pesto spaghetti looks so yummy!

  5. This looks yummy! I like chicken breast too but my boys are tired of it lol! they now wanted thighs and wings! Your kids are so cute!

  6. oooo, we could definitely live in the same home. your family could eat the chicken breasts, and i'd eat all the thighs, heheh :D very attractive and eye-catching recipe, this one :D

  7. Ooh I love that you get a nice parmesan crust from the pesto! A great idea and you seem to be really enjoy Curtis Stone's recipes lately :)

    1. Hi Lorraine, we're doing a bloghop this month and we are cooking Curtis Stone's recipes. :)

  8. Looks delicious (sedap). Bet your lovely daughter will ask for second round. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I like pesto, and I see pinenut too! Yummy

  10. That looks seriously amazing that chicken recipe.

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  12. This looks good. I got the pesto and I have whole chicken thighs! Might be my dinner tonight!

    Love the family project on the homemade pesto! You are starting them young! Good job!

  13. Homemade pesto is so wonderful, once you've tried it you can never go back to the jar stuff! This looks like a fab meal. Mummy Chef wins again :)

  14. I really need to make homemade pesto :P This pasta looks perfectly-delicious !

  15. Hi Yen, trying to leave a comment from my ipad many times but not sure why it doesn't work! Now, have to login with my laptop :)

    Glad to know you thru the bloghop Cook Like a Star too! My family love to eat spagetti with pesto too, my son will be very excited if he sees yours pesto spagetti!


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