Chicken Recipes

Chef Noel Cunningham Pesto Pasta Salad with Pan-seared Chicken Breast

“This pasta salad is simple and straight forward. I tossed it in my signature spicy, basil pesto for an extra kick. Pasta salads are perfect for summer days when it is just too hot to eat a hot pasta dish.” – Chef Noel Cunningham, Cuisine by Noel

1/2 pack Barilla Farfalle pasta

2 chicken breasts

1/4 cup Chef Cunny’s Spicy Basil Pesto (below or use your favourite brand)

1 small red sweet pepper, sliced

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

Salt to taste

For the Pesto:

2 cups fresh  basil, blanched

1/2 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted

1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic

1/4 parmesan cheese

2 tsp. lime juice

2 tsp. salt

1/2 scotch bonnet pepper, deseeded

Make the pesto: in a food processor purée the blanched basil and pine nuts with remaining ingredients until smooth. Keep refrigerated.

Season chicken breast with salt and pepper then place in a heated skillet; sear breasts on both sides until golden brown. Place in oven for 5 minutes and bake at 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C. Let cool before slicing.

Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta when done, rinse it under cold water and shake out as much of the excess water as you can.

Add the pasta to a bowl with the pesto. Stir to combine so the pasta is totally coated in the pesto. Toss in the grated parmesan and sweet peppers.

Place pasta in the refrigerator to chill. When ready to serve, add to a party cup (like I do) or on a plate topped with grated parmesan cheese and sliced chicken.

First published by Cooking Sense Magazine

About the author

Chef Noel Cunningham

Chef Noel Cunningham, socially known as Chef Cunny, is the dynamic force behind his catering company, Cuisine by Noel and columnist at cooking sense magazine. His philosophy and passion are reflected in his move towards creating healthier cuisine along with showcasing Jamaican cuisine with a modern twist.

He recently appeared twice on CTV Winnipeg’s Morning Live, Kiss102.3fm, and was featured in the November 2015 and March 2016 issue of Jamaican Eats magazine. In the last 12 months, he was also featured in the Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica Observer and the Jamaican magazine. If that isn’t enough, he has under his belt many television appearances on Jamaica’s CVM TV: Television Jamaica’s morning program Smile Jamaica, Entertainment Report, Intense, Nyammings cooking show and Talk Jamaica Online Radio.