BASIL PESTO CHICKEN PASTA RECIPE
Serves 2 | Prep time 20 mins | Cook time 15 mins
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cups raw cashews
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Required: food processor or high power blender
2 garlic cloves, minced
250 grams Rotini pasta
1/3 cup pasta water
2 zucchinis, thinly sliced for faster cooking
4 skinless boneless chicken thighs, sliced and seasoned with salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil for cooking
Boil your pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1/3 cup hot pasta water. Strain pasta in a colander. Meanwhile in your food processor, blend pesto ingredients until smooth (basil, extra virgin olive oil, raw cashews, garlic, salt and nutritional yeast). Set aside.
In skillet set on medium high heat, fry minced garlic in olive oil until fragrant. Add in chicken and cook for 5 minutes. Then add in zucchini and fry until cooked. Once chicken and zucchini is cooked, add in pesto sauce and pasta water to create sauce.
Add in pasta and mix to combine. Serve and enjoy!