Chicken Pistou Pasta

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Chicken Pistou Pesto

Not all pestos are made with pine nuts.  Those with pine nuts come from Italy.  This variation, sans pine nuts, has origins in Provence, France, where it is known as Pistou.  I love this version of pesto because it is much lighter than traditional pestos.  And I don’t miss the pine nuts at all because the intensely fresh flavors of basil, garlic and Parmesan cheese are still present.  I used roughly one fourth of a batch of pistou for one heaping plate of pasta that could easily feed two people. 

Chicken Pistou Pasta
Recipe type: Main Course
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Serves: 2
This lighter version of pesto made without pine nuts complements the chicken pasta perfectly.
Pistou {Courtesy of Cooking Light magazine}
  • 4 cups basil leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Roughly one fourth of a batch of Pistou (Pesto), to taste
  • 3 lean chicken thighs, trimmed of all excess fat or 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup conchiglie pasta (or the pasta of your choice), cooked
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Store the sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box.
  2. Place the chicken thighs on a broiling pan and broil them for five-seven minutes on each side.
  3. Cut the chicken into small pieces.
  4. Pour the oil into a pan and heat it at medium-high.
  5. Finish cooking the chicken until it is done.
  6. Add the pistou sauce and pasta to the cooked chicken and toss it together.
  7. Sprinkle the pasta with Parmesan cheese.


Chicken Pistou Pasta

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2 Responses to “Chicken Pistou Pasta”

  1. Danielle Goode says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit! The only problem I ran into was knowing how much basil to buy for the pesto(pistou) sauce. I ended up buying two packages of basil from the grocery store, but I don’t think it was exactly right… the sauce turned out fine, and was delicious, so I guess it wasn’t really that big of a problem… 🙂

  2. JR Smith says:

    Thanks for posting. I recently became allergic to pine nuts so I’ve been toying with alternatives. I can’t wait to try this out.

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