Friday, November 11, 2011

recipe (challenge) of the week: creamy pesto chicken over fusilli

i should do this sort of thing more often.  it most definitely stretched me to be a bit creative!

in mid october, we were freshly back from our honeymoon and i realized that although we needed to eat...we hadn't been to the grocery store since a week before the wedding.  which meant at least 2 weeks.


so, i decided that i would create a meal using only things that were currently in the fridge/freezer or pantry.

it turned out pretty well!'s what i came up with.  very simple, and few ingredients...obviously!

creamy pesto chicken over fusilli

1 cup combined freshly grated asiago and parmesan cheese (i used 3/4 cup asiago, 1/4 cup parmesan)
3/4 cup half and half
3 tablespoons pesto
5-6 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
cooked fusilli or pasta of your choice

in small saucepan over low-medium heat, combine half and half with cheeses and stir until cheese begins to melt and mixture is creamy.  add pesto and combine until well blended.

layer chicken tenders in a glass baking dish.

generously cover chicken with the creamy pesto misture, but reserve some of the pesto for pouring over pasta and chicken later.

bake at 350 for 30 minutes

serve over pasta, enjoy!


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