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Pesto chicken pasta with beans

{gluten, dairy, soy and egg free. contains nuts}

Pesto chicken pasta is a family favourite. Each family has their own way of doing it. Some make their pesto from scratch. Others buy the bottle. Some add fancy stuff like feta and sun dried tomatoes and toasted pine nuts. Others just keep it simple.

Recipe for sproutin’ pesto here.

One of my favourite things about pesto is the amount of veggies you can put it in (or hide in it) as it all just comes out looking the same. Bright green! If you are having a hard time trying to get your kids to eat the vegetables listed on the RPAH elimination diet (and I don’t blame them), this might be a good one for you!

I originally made a cashew and parsley pesto which was great, but I was worried it had too much parsley in it, which has moderate salicylates and should be used scantly on the strict elimination diet. A whole bunch in the blender is probably pushing it.  So I did some thinking, and some research and I thought I’d try the humble brussel sprout.

This recipe is really simple and quick to put together. No frills or tricky techniques. No complicated appliances or personal chefs. Just a food processor and an oven/cooktop.

My kids actually inhaled it. Whoosh! That’s how fast it went down. I was starting to wonder whether I’d remembered to give them afternoon tea…they were that hungry (still can’t actually remember…whoops). Jack has been a little picky lately, something he’s never really been before (he’s a lot of other things, but has always given food a good go). I’m pleased to see how much he and his sister enjoyed this meal.

I’m learning not to get personally offended when my kids refuse to eat something I’ve cooked. Yep, it’s taken a while to overcome that. The old guilt trip… “I’ve spent all afternoon cooking for you and you don’t even want to TRY IT!?!” RAGE. ANGER. FRUSTRATION. I’m learning to let that go. Often it has nothing to do with the food, and everything to do with how tired they are, if they’re coming down with something or if they’re just not hungry. And if it is to do with the food, then that’s ok. We’ll try it again another time.

Something to note:

The chicken is coated in pesto and then baked which means the meat won’t colour thus keeping amines low. Win win!






family friendly

chock-a-block full of veg

If you give this recipe a whirl, we’d love to know how it went, even if you change up some of the ingredients to suit your own preferences.



Laura McDonald - Simply Failsafe author and creator

Recipe link: Sproutin’ pesto


Pesto chicken pasta with beans
Recipe Type: Lunch, Dinner
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Serves: 4
Pesto, chicken and pasta. All time family favourites. Give it a whirl!
  • 1 cup of sproutin’ pesto (recipe link above)
  • 2 chicken breasts or 400g chicken
  • 2 giant handfuls of green beans, trimmed and cut into 2cm lengths
  • 250g packet of gluten free, failsafe pasta*
  • Rice bran oil
  1. Preheat oven to 180c
  2. Cut up chicken breasts into small chunks (around 2-3cm) and mix in a bowl with the pesto.
  3. Pour a little rice bran oil in the bottom of a large baking dish and pour the chicken/pesto mix on top, spreading out the chicken into a single layer.
  4. Place in the oven and cook for 15-20min or until just cooked through (take out a piece and test it by cutting it open).
  5. Cook pasta to packet instructions in boiling salted water.
  6. When the pasta is a few minutes from being ready, add the chopped beans and cook for 2-3 minutes or until tender and crisp. (Note: Reserve some of the cooking water in a cup when draining the pasta and beans in the sink).
  7. When the chicken is cooked, take it out of the oven and stir through the drained pasta and beans. Add a splash of the reserved pasta water to make it more saucey.
  8. Season with salt if needed and serve!
*pasta: I used quinoa rice penne from CeresOrganics.


3 thoughts on “Pesto chicken pasta with beans”

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  2. This dish is DELICIOUS! Packed full of delicious healthy goodness. Even my veggie-opposed boyfriend downed the whole lot! Thank you for the new family favourite!

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