What if I told you that all you needed for a quick meal is chicken, tortellini noodles and pesto sauce? Easy, right? I KNOOOOOOOW!! This is one of the tastiest and simplest dishes that I know of…like seriously. Every time I serve it to people and tell them how to prepare it, they immediately ask, “That’s it?” Yuuuuup…let’s get started!
First things first…grocery list: 1 pack of boneless, skinless chicken tenders or breasts, a large bag (or 2 small) of frozen tortellini. I use the cheese tortellini, but they have spinach & cheese and other variations. Lastly, you’ll need a jar of pesto sauce. That is it-uhhh!!
Ok, so begin by boiling water in a large pot and be sure to add a hefty dash of salt. While waiting for the water to come to a boil, cut the chicken in small cubes. Add a bit of olive oil to a pan and once the oil starts to sizzle, add your chicken. Season with seasoning salt and pepper and saute until golden brown. Once the water is boiling, carefully pour your frozen noodles in and stir occasionally. They are done when they float to the top – usually in about 5-7 minutes.
Once the pasta is drained it should remain in the pot and the chicken can be added to it. Continue to add pesto sauce to that mixture until the chicken and pasta are evenly coated. Voila…you’re ready to serve!!
On a personal note, I enjoy adding a few drops of zesty Italian dressing to my bowl. It adds a bit of extra flavor, ya know?
Now don’t get me wrong, you can certainly roll your own pasta dough or make your own pesto, but uhhhh…ain’t nobody got time for that! Just sayin’…
Let me know if you get a chance to make this and tell me in the comments what you think!