Grilled Chicken and Asparagus Pesto Pasta

Lifestyle, Seasonal, Tastebuds

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound asparagus, woody ends cut off (can be left out if chose to)
  • Olive oil, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces rotini pasta, gluten-free if needed
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons shredded Pecorino Romano or parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • Fresh chopped basil and more Pecorino Romano for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and put into a large serving bowl.
  2. While the pasta cooks preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Season the chicken with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. On a baking sheet lined with foil lay the asparagus out in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss to coat.
  4. Grill the chicken for approximately 4-6 minutes then flip over and grill another 4-6 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°-165° F. Let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting it. (You can use a grill pan and cook in the oven for 20 minutes or until it hits the temperature.)
  5. While the chicken cooks place the prepared asparagus onto the grill grates horizontally. Grill for 2 minutes then roll or flip them over with tongs and grill another 1-2 minutes. Cut into approximately 2 inch pieces. (Same can be done for the asparagus depending on how big your pan is you may need to do chicken first.)
  6. Add the chopped chicken and asparagus to the bowl with the pasta. Add in the pesto, lemon juice, and shredded romano or parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper and toss everything together until coated. Taste for seasoning. Garnish with toasted pine nuts and chopped fresh basil if desired. Serve warm or cold.

Nutrition Information:

YIELD: 4

SERVING SIZE: 1
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 404TOTAL FAT: 17gSATURATED FAT: 4gTRANS FAT: 0gUNSATURATED FAT: 12gCHOLESTEROL: 59mgSODIUM: 229mgCARBOHYDRATES: 34gFIBER: 4gSUGAR: 2gPROTEIN: 31g

Grilled chicken and asparagus pesto pasta is a delicious, healthy, fast dinner for those busy nights when you need more green in your diet. For those picky eaters or if you just aren’t feeling the asparagus leave it out or substitute it with another green you prefer.

My plate was topped with parmesan.

I really enjoyed this meal and it made for great leftovers the next day. My boyfriend didn’t try this one because he had a late lunch but said it looked good.

I found it on Pinterest but here is the link for the actual website https://reciperunner.com/grilled-chicken-asparagus-pesto-pasta/. Enjoy this delicious meal that you don’t have to feel guilty about.

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