Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle

30 Dec

This has met with great success in the past.  Since it’s the mid of winter in Nebraska, tonight I’m trying it with baked chicken.  And since one batch of white enchiladas on Tuesday was not enough for the five of us plus kids (Andy, Nichole and my mom were the extras) I may just double this.  Which means I’ll have to go shopping for more pasta.  Nuts.


  • 1 3/4  pounds  skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1  teaspoon  salt, divided
  • 3/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 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  (8 ounces) shredded fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 4  cups  halved grape tomatoes (about 2 pints)
  • 1/2  cup  chopped fresh basil

Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 10 minutes or until done, turning after 6 minutes. Remove from grill; 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, remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1 cup cheese; stir until cheese melts.

Add chicken and sauce to pasta, tossing well to coat. Add tomatoes and basil; toss gently. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Calories:508 (30% from fat)
Fat:16.7g (sat 7.7g,mono 6.5g,poly 1.1g)
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