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Cilantro lovers will love this pasta and chicken dish coated with fresh cilantro pesto.

Chicken and Pasta with Cilantro Pesto on Taste and Tell

Happy Labor Day!!

I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to post a recipe today. I have several done, and photos on my computer, but then when I sat down last night, I realized that I have no idea where my recipe notebooks are! Aaahhh, the joys of moving. Luckily, I was able to find the recipe for this one – and hopefully I’ll get a little bit organized in the next couple days!!

I’ll keep it short today since it is a holiday, and I’m sure that many of you have fun-filled days ahead of you. And I’m sure you have great plans for dinner tonight – (if you don’t, here are 12 great burger ideas!!) – but if you are looking for something for later this week, I’ve got a recipe for you. And if you sub in whole wheat pasta, it’s actually not that bad for you, either! (Great for detoxing from the cookouts tonight!)

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday. And celebrate summer. I’m not ready to let go yet, give me a couple more weeks, but today is sure a great day to celebrate it!!

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Chicken and Pasta with Cilantro Pesto
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Cilantro lovers will love this pasta and chicken dish coated with fresh cilantro pesto.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 oz cooked pasta
  1. Make the pesto: Put all of the pesto ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. If needed, add more chicken broth - but not too much. You want it to be a paste.
  2. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken, mushrooms and onion and cook until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink. Add the pasta to the chicken mixture, then stir in the pesto.

More recipes for cilantro lovers:

Mexican Green Cilantro Rice from Girl Cooks World
Cornflake Crusted Halibut with Chile-Cilantro Aioli from Taste and Tell
Cilantro Lime Hummus from What Would Cathy Eat?
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette from Real Mom Kitchen
Baked French Fries with Chile Peppers and Cilantro from Cookin’ Canuck

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22 Responses to Chicken and Pasta with Cilantro Pesto

  1. Rosa says:

    Wonderful! The flavor of cilantro is so exhalirating.



  2. i am obsessed with cilantro. This sounds like such a great weeknight meal!

  3. Suuuuuuuuch a fab meal. Ugh!

  4. Nothing better than a simple, delicious dish of pasta like this!
    Happy Labor Day!

  5. Chels R. says:

    My sister in law would love this because she love cilantro so so much! I’m going to pin this and tag it for her, because I’m still on my no avocado or cilantro kick…that is until this baby boy comes 🙂

  6. I love the idea of cilantro pesto, yum!

  7. Kristy says:

    I’m all for a few weeks of more summer! I’m not ready to let go either. I’ve been making all kinds of pesto this weekend. Cilantro looks like a great idea to add to our mix this week! 🙂

  8. I’ve always tried a basil-type pesto but I’m excited to try this cilantro one! And this pasta is so simple yet so amazing! I’ll have to make this on a busy week night.

  9. Joanne says:

    I’m not ready to be done with summer yet either but this pasta is the perfect way to keep the love going! Cilantro pesto is such a nice change from the norm!

  10. Kristen says:

    That looks incredibly delicious, my friend!

  11. carrian says:

    The worst is when you sit down and realize you never wrote it down! I have a recipe right now that I’ll have no choice, but to recreate. BLAST!! Looks delicious though, glad you pulled through for all of us hungry people.

  12. grace says:

    basil pesto is pretty good, but this is superior in every way. i feel so bad for people who think cilantro tastes like soup. oh, how they’re missing out on a great flavor.

  13. That second picture looks so inviting! I just want to jump right in and pick up that for and slurp up those noodles!

  14. We love quick and easy pasta dishes like this at our house.

  15. Julie says:

    That definitely looks right up my alley 🙂

  16. What a beautiful colour this dish is! Pasta always looks good to me 🙂

  17. teresa says:

    you had me at cilantro pesto. what great flavors!

  18. I love the sound of this cilantro pesto, Deb. I’d be tempted to spread it on wrap sandwiches, dollop some on scrambled eggs…okay, and eat it with a spoon.

  19. Cherine says:

    I bet this tastes so good!

  20. Julia says:

    What a beautiful photo and a great recipe! I saw your photo on TasteSpotting.com .

  21. Dawn says:

    Great recipe! I did use mini bow tie pasta but it was delicious! Love the cilantro pesto! Thanks for sharing!

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