Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle

After a long day at work yesterday all I wanted was a carb dinner and to watch a movie. I had a case of the Monday’s and just really needed a bit of a naughty night. So K and I decided that we would have Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle with crusty pita bread, a bit of mint chocolate chip ice cream and the movie Push to end the day. Utterly enjoyed my Monday evening.

Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle (adapted from the Cooking Light recipe)
1 3/4 pounds boneless chicken breast (halves)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Cooking spray
20 ounces uncooked farfalle (bow tie pasta)
1 tablespoon butter
3 garlic cloves (minced)
1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk (divided)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 (3.5-ounce) jar commercial pesto (about 1/3 cup)
3/4 cup half-and-half
2 cups shredded fresh Parmesan cheese (divided)
1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes

Cook chicken on grill or as I did just cook it on the stove top. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch pieces; keep warm. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Place pasta in large bowl. Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Combine 1/2 cup milk and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in pesto. Gradually add remaining 1 cup milk and half-and-half, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook 8 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring frequently. Add 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid, salt, pepper, and 1 cup cheese; stir until cheese melts. Add chicken and sauce to pasta, tossing well to coat. Add tomatoes and toss gently. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Serve immediately.

{Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle}

* The bread was some left over pita bread that was going to go stale soon. I decided to mix a bit of olive il, garlic and a bit of butter together then broil the pitas till they were a golden brown. Very tasty!


4 thoughts on “Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle

  1. Thank you for making real food with ingredients like half and half and real butter. I’m tired of all those recipes in the blogosphere that use seeds and weird but butters and soy pods. . .

    • Your welcome! I completely agree with you. Sometimes I find a recipe that looks amazing and then I can’t find have the ingredients for it!

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