Health & Nutrition

Chicken & Broccoli Nut-Free Pesto Pasta Shells

Here is the recipe for our healthy Chicken & Broccoli Nut-Free Pesto Pasta Shells, from our in-house Dietitians, Alex and Anna.
Chicken & Broccoli Nut-Free Pesto Pasta Shells Chicken & Broccoli Nut-Free Pesto Pasta Shells

Ingredients

  • 1 head Broccoli, cut into florets Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp
  • Brown onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 650g Chicken thigh or breast, diced Pasta shells*
  • 1 punnet Cherry tomatoes, quartered

Pesto sauce

  • Sunflower seeds, toasted (optional)
  • 1  Lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 Fresh basil bunch
  • 2 cups Baby spinach leaves
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 13 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated*

Method

  1. Place broccoli in a food processor and blend until it resembles grains of rice.
  2. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in fry pan over medium heat, add onion, garlic and broccoli crumbs and cook for a few minutes. Add chicken pieces and cook until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to packet instructions.
  4. Meanwhile, to make the pesto sauce, place sunflower seeds (if using), lemon, garlic, basil, spinach, water and parmesan cheese in a food processor. Slowly stream in olive oil while the machine is running. Process until smooth. Note: option to add more water or olive oil to achieve desired consistency.
  5. Add pesto sauce and chicken mixture to cooked pasta. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese. Add chopped cherry tomatoes throughout, or serve alongside.

Click here for more Autumn menu inspiration or try our Ham & Veggie Slice recipe. 

For information on our Dietitian-designed menu offerings at Only About Children see our Nutrition page.

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