Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle


Yum!  This one was fairly quick to throw together and each of my family members enjoyed it….ding! ding! ding!  Another winner!!!!

Now, it says “grilled chicken”.  Yes, you can actually turn on the grill and grill it OR you can dump it out of a freezer bag and warm it up in the microwave!  I love having a bag of Tyson’s grilled chicken in the freezer for quick quesadillas or even just as an entree for the girls on a night when I’m headed out for dinner.  So tonight as the storms rolled in once again near dinner time, I opted to not send anyone out to grill but to use the freezer bag of grilled goodness.

Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle

Cook pasta according to directions: (When finished drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid)

  • 16-20 ounces of farfalle (bow tie pasta)

In a large saute pan (or saucepan), heat over medium heat:

  • 1 tablespoon of butter

Add to the pan and stir occasionally:

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

Combine in a small bowl and stir with a whisk

  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 Tablespoons flour

Add milk mixture to the pan and stir constantly with a whisk

Stir into the pan:

  • 1/3 cup of a commercial pesto (I got mine at Trader Joe’s)

Gradually add and stir constantly:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half

Cook 8 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring frequently.

Meanwhile, warm

  • 1 3/4 pounds of grilled chicken (You can grill you own if you want…but I used the Tyson frozen pieces)

Add to the pan:

  • 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking liquid from the pasta
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded.

Stir until the cheese melts

Add to the pesto mixture:

  • Chicken (warmed and in bite-sized pieces)
  • 4 cups of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 of the cooked pasta

Toss gently.

Pour over the rest of the pasta and toss gently

Add 1 more cup of Parmesan cheese if desired (I forgot to do this and everyone still enjoyed it!)


This would be a good one to do the day after grilling chicken for a meal.  Simply grill 2 pounds more and cut it up and set it aside for this dish to make the next night.


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