This was super easy and fast, so I highly suggest this lovely dish, but I would make more sauce. This one is from here: http://www.handletheheat.com/chicken-fettuccini-with-pesto-cream/. I did add roasted pine nuts because whenever I order pesto cream sauce it seems like roasted pine nuts are included in the dish, but that’s just my way of making it my own. I also cut he recipe by 2/3 because it was just the 2 of us and we didn’t need 3 chicken breasts.
Start by bringing a medium pot of water to a boil for the noodles. Now, pound 1 chicken breast between 2 sheets of seran wrap till it’s about 3/4″ thick (I did it even thinner to 1/2″ because I was in a rush). Salt and pepper both sides. When he water is boiling, add a hand full of noodles (in real mine in half but to each their own). Cook the noodles according to the package. Reserve 1/4 C of the noodle water for later. Note that 1/4 C is for a full thing of sauce, but I only made a third of it and it needed more so I’m suggesting the whole recipe for what I should have made, so adjust based on if you are a sauce lover or not.
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a small skillet, then aDd the chicken. Cook for about 3-4 minutes each side till the chicken is cooked through but not overdone. Let rest for 5 minutes while the noodles finish up. During this time, add 1/2 C basil pesto and 1/4 C heavy cream and heat over medium low heat stirring occasionally till warm and mixed thoroughly.
Once the noodles are done, reserve 1/4 C of the pasta water and drain the noodles. Return them to the pot to keep warm. As the sauce warms up, you can cut the chicken into strips or bite size pieces. Pour some pine nuts into a separate small skillet over medium heat and shake the pan often so they don’t burn. When they have a nice golden color, they are done and ready to enjoy, so remove them from the heat. If you are not ready to serve up, our then on. Plate so they don’t continue to cook, or just serve them up if you are ready.
To serve, start by tossing the noodles in some of the pasta water (not all of it if you make a smaller batch, but I mixed mine into the sauce by mistake and it still came out tasting great, so do whatever works for you). Add about half the sauce, and roll the noodles. Serve up the noodles, topped with chicken, sprinkle some pine nuts, and add extra sauce to your liking. Might be good if you garnish with Parmesan cheese, but we kept it simple without. Next time I would probably go for some kind of bread as a side with it. Enjoy!