Rating: 4.5 stars
43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1

This pasta dish comes together quickly if one person grills chicken while another cooks the pasta and sauce. Garnish with basil sprigs, if desired. If you serve wine, a chardonnay complements the creamy sauce.

Maureen Callahan
Recipe by Cooking Light September 2008

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Credit: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

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Yield:
10 servings (serving size: 2 cups pasta and about 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

508 calories; calories from fat 30%; fat 16.7g; saturated fat 7.7g; mono fat 6.5g; poly fat 1.1g; protein 38.3g; carbohydrates 50.7g; fiber 2.9g; cholesterol 81mg; iron 3.5mg; sodium 781mg; calcium 397mg.
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