Avocado Penne Pesto with Grilled Chicken

admin October 10, 2014 0
Avocado Penne Pesto with Grilled Chicken


  • 1 medium ripe avocado
  • 3/4 c. firmly packed basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. pine nuts
  • 1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz. penne pasta
  • 1/4 c. shaved parmesan cheese (for garish)
  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste (for chicken)


  1. Cook and drain pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, season chicken with salt and pepper and place on a grill (or grill pan) over medium-high heat for 6 minutes on each side, until center is no longer pink. You can add other spices if you want, but don’t over-season your chicken, we want the avocado to shine!
  2. Peel avocado and remove pit. Put avocado, basil, salt, pepper, garlic and pine nuts in a blender or food processor. Turn blender on and add olive oil in a slow, steady stream.
  3. Process until mixture becomes a smooth paste. Gently fold in parmesan cheese. Toss with cooked pasta. Slice grilled chicken breasts and lay across top of pasta. Garnish with shaved parmesan cheese and serve.

Recipe Source: STL Cooks

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