Chicken pesto pasta with tomatoes

You'll love the ease with which this tasty meal can be thrown together.

  • 25 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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A jar of premade pesto, pasta and a barbecue chicken come together for this simple midweek dinner that can be thrown together in no time at all.


  • 250 grams cherry truss tomatoes with stems attached
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic glaze
  • 375 grams penne pasta
  • ⅓ cup basil pesto
  • 2 cups shredded barbecued chicken
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan
  • micro basil to serve


  • 1
    Preheat grill. Place 250g (8oz) cherry truss tomatoes with stems attached on an oven tray.
  • 2
    Drizzle with 1 teaspoon balsamic glaze; grill about 10 minutes or until tomato skins begin to split.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, cook 375g (12oz) penne pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender; drain, reserving ⅓ cup of the cooking liquid.
  • 4
    Return pasta to pan with ⅓ cup basil pesto, 2 cups shredded barbecued chicken, tomatoes and reserved cooking liquid.
  • 5
    Stir gently over low heat until heated through.
  • 6
    Serve sprinkled with 2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan and some micro basil.

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