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Chicken, pesto and tomato penne recipe

Simple pasta dinners are always a family favourite. This pasta sauce is quick to make and makes the most of a BBQ chicken for a speedy meal. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand's recipe finder



  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 BBQ chicken breast, roughly chopped
  • 300g penne pasta
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto
  • ¼ cup cream
  • parmesan cheese, to serve


Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Add penne pasta and cook according to packet instructions.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a frying pan. Add chicken and cook for one minute.

Add the white wine and stir through. Turn down to a simmer.

Add the pesto, tomatoes and the cream and stir through.

Drain the cooked pasta and add to the sauce in the frying pan. Toss through the sauce and serve with a grating of parmesan cheese on top.


  • This is such a delicious dinner – it’s hard to believe you can have it on the table in 15 minutes!
  • The addition of the cream and white wine turns the pesto into a sauce that has a lot of extra body.
  • I think that it’s important to grate fresh parmesan cheese on top of pasta – don’t even consider the supermarket grated variety!
  • This recipe makes the most of leftover BBQ chicken.

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This recipe was created by Ella Walsh for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.