Plated meal

Spicy Italian Chicken with Red Pesto Spaghetti, Crisp Leaves & Parmesan

  • Spicy
  • Pasta
  • Meat
  • Italian
  • Contains Nuts
  • Contains Dairy
  • Chicken

Earthy walnuts in this delicious pasta dish takes on the sweetness of roasted red pesto in this unique variation. Toss the pesto with pasta and spicy marinaded chicken and garnish for an elegant weeknight meal.

  • 0.0 min

    Preheat the oven to 180C and bring a pan of salted water to the boil.

  • 0.5 min

    Finely chop the garlic.

  • 1.5 min

    Chop the walnuts.

  • 2.0 min

    Using a peeler shave delicate flakes of parmesan.

  • 3.0 min

    Combine the brown sugar, paprika and chilli powder in a small bowl.

  • 3.5 min

    Brush the chicken breast lightly with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  • 4.0 min

    Sprinkle the spice mixture over the chicken and rub into the chicken, thoroughly coating on both sides.

  • 5.5 min

    Transfer to a baking tray and put in the oven to bake.

  • 10.0 min

    Add the spaghetti to the boiling water.

  • 10.5 min

    Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.

  • 11.5 min

    Add the garlic and saute until golden.

  • 12.5 min

    Add the cream and red pesto.

  • 13.0 min

    Season with salt, pepper and dried chilli flakes.

  • 15.0 min

    Add a splash of pasta water to the sauce and combine.

  • 18.0 min

    Drain the spaghetti and reserve some of the pasta water.

  • 18.5 min

    Sprinkle in the walnuts to the pesto sauce.

  • 19.0 min

    Add the spaghetti to the sauce and add small amounts of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce if needed to coat thoroughly.

  • 20.0 min

    When the chicken is cooked remove from the oven and transfer to cutting board.

  • 20.5 min

    Slice the chicken into thin slices.

  • 22.0 min

    Distribute the pasta among the serving bowls.

  • 23.0 min

    Garnish with the mixed salad leaves and parmesan.

  • 24.0 min

    Arrange the sliced chicken atop the pasta.

  • Ingredients

    Olive Oil

    1 tablespoon per person

    Chilli Powder

    Use according to taste


    Brown Sugar

    Chicken Breast




    finely chopped

    Parmesan Cheese


    Mixed Salad Leaves


    Dried Chilli Flakes

    Use according to taste


    Red Pesto

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