Creamy chicken and green bean pesto.

Creamy chicken and green bean pesto. Yum


  1. Bag green beans, trimmed – 79p
  2. 2 chicken breasts, roasted then shredded – £1.35
  3. 1 bunch of spring onions, thinly sliced – 55p
  4. 5 tbsp pesto – 50p
  5. 3 tbsp double cream -35p
  6. Parmesan to serve – 25p

TOTAL £3.79 for 4 portions and two extra for the freezer. Which works out at just less than 64p per portion. This could easily be upscaled or down scaled to suit your family.



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Method (in my madness)

Before work this morning I grabbed the pesto and chicken out of the freezer to defrost. The chicken I had bagged in two breast packages and frozen from a yellow sticker haul at the supermarket and the pesto I hade made previously. You can use the jar stuff but it is really really easy to make (a recipe will go on the site soon) and can be frozen.

Firstly I roasted the chicken breasts (about half an hour at 180) and once cooked and cooked a little, I shredded them by hand.

I chucked about 2/3 of a bag of pasta (penne) into some boiling water to cook. When the pasta had about 6 minutes left I chucked the beans in with the pasta.

Meanwhile I chucked the spring onions and a little oil into he wok and softened for a few minutes before chucking he chicken in with them to warm through. Then in went the pesto and cream and was mixed together.

I drained the pasta and beans (but retained about 1/3 cup of the cooking water.

Finally I chucked the pasta and beans into the wok and mixed the lot together adding the cooking water.

Served with some grated Parmesan if you have it. Cheddar would work too.

Simple, quick and cheap pasta dinner. I even had enough for two extra portions, which I will have next weekend when the kids are their mums.

Hope you all enjoy.


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