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Chicken Pesto Pasta by Mr. Make It Happen

Serves 4


  • 1 lb chicken breast (or whatever protein you'd like)

  • 1/2 cup pine nuts

  • 2 cups basil

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Ap and lemon bae

  • 1 lb Cavatappi pasta

  • 3 tbsps butter

  • 1 diced shallot

  • 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes

  • 1 lemon Red pepper flakes


Pesto Sauce

  1. Grab a food processor, a blender, or anything of the sort and add in 1/2 cup of pine nuts and a healthy pinch of salt and blend until they form a powder-like consistency

  2. Add in about 2 cloves of garlic and 2 cups of basil (make sure your blender/machine is off) If you cannot fit all the basil leaves, just blend and add as you go

  3. Add in1/4 cup of good quality olive oil and 1/4 cup of fresh parmesan grated cheese and add all-purpose seasoning to taste and blend until smooth

Adjust the flavor to your preference. Depending on what you're making, you can adjust the consistency. For pasta I like it to be a little thicker so I add a little olive oil at a time until it's at my desired thickness.

Pasta Noodles

  1. Bring water to a boil in a pot and add salt

  2. Place your Cavatappi Noodles and cook until they reach your desired texture and set aside

Chicken Breast

  1. Get about 1 pound of chicken breast ( 8 oz. a piece)

  2. Season with my AP Seasoning and Lemon Bae or your preferred Cajun Seasoning.

  3. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

  4. Preheat skillet to medium-high and add a few tbsp of avocado oil to coat the bottom of the skillet

  5. Add the chicken breast (Iaying the meat away from you) and press down to get a good surface area to sear

  6. Cook for about 2 min per side and baste in butter. Once its golden brown on both sides , transfer it to a small sheet pan and place it in the oven (DON'T TURN OFF YOUR STOVE)

  7. Place the chicken breasts in the oven at 400 degrees until each breast has reached 165 degrees internally

  8. Once they are done, let them rest on the counter


  1. Add 1 diced shallot or onions into the same skillet you seared your chicken and cook for about 1-2 min

  2. Add in your diced or chopped cherry tomatoes (or sundried, your choice) and cook for 1 min

  3. Add in freshly squeezed lemon juice and season with a healthy pinch of All Purpose Seasoning and cook until the tomatoes have softened.

  4. While your chicken is resting Add your cavatappi noodles to the skillet and give it a toss with all of the ingredients and warm up the noodles

  5. Once your noodles have warmed, kill the heat (turn your heat off) and add your pesto sauce

  6. Top with a little bit of parmesan cheese and mix

  7. Slice your chicken breast on a bias (at an angle) and add it to the top of your pasta


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