January 2, 2014

broccoli pesto chicken with noodles

Broccoli Pesto Chicken with Noodles

by Kristin King — Categories: entree — Tags: , , , , , 22 Comments

broccoli pesto chicken with noodles


I am participating in the Pennsylvania Dutch Noodles Tastes Like Home Fresh Start Sweepstakes recipe contest.

You can enter the sweepstakes by liking the Pennsylvania Dutch Facebook page, and then voting for your favorite recipe…hopefully mine!  :-) 

One lucky voter will win a $250 VISA gift card

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Oh, and you can return every day and gain more entries by voting again!  Woohoo!  Good luck and thank you for your support!!

Is it comfort food, or is it a healthy dinner?  This dish is both!!   Wide ribbon noodles and creamy, thick pesto make this recipe rich and filling, yet the broccoli, basil, and lean chicken provide lots of nutritional value.  If your kids are anything like mine, they love pasta.  They especially love ribbon noodles.  I love the wide ribbons because all that surface area makes them great vehicles for getting lots of the yummy, healthy broccoli pesto into my boys!  It is a wonderful bonus that Pennsylvania Dutch makes the wide ribbons in a whole grain variety, so that every bite helps my family get some extra fiber, too.  For this recipe, I wanted to make something super-wholesome, so I chose broccoli, which is a nutritional powerhouse of a vegetable, and combined it with basil and other ingredients to make a really tasty pesto.  The best part was that the kids did not even realize that the pesto contained broccoli!  Your family will love this recipe, and you are going to feel so good knowing they are getting all that good nutrition!

Note that this recipe fed two adults and two teenage boys, and we had enough leftover for another dinner!  So this could actually feed 6-8 people.  I calculated the nutritional values assuming 6 servings, however.

4.0 from 1 reviews

Broccoli Pesto Chicken with Noodles
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Nutritious broccoli florets and fragrant basil team up to produce a flavorful, healthy pesto which coats the lean chicken and fiber-rich whole wheat Pennsylvania Dutch Ribbons in this dish. Serve with a side salad for quick, easy, and healthy meal the whole family will love!
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 (12 ounce) package Pennsylvania Dutch 100% Whole Grain Wide Ribbons
  • 1 cup broccoli florets (can be fresh, or thawed from frozen)
  • 20 large basil leaves (set aside some additional basil leaves for garnish, if desired)
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 and ½ cups cubed, cooked chicken
  1. Boil water and cook the noodles according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, combine broccoli florets and basil leaves in a food processor or blender, and pulse until the broccoli and basil are chopped very finely.
  3. Add the pine nuts to the food processor and continue to pulse until they are also chopped very finely.
  4. Add the parmesan cheese, salt, lemon juice, and garlic, and process until well combined.
  5. Add the olive oil and process until mixture is smooth.
  6. When the noodles are done, drain and return to the pot. Add the pesto and cooked chicken cubes and stir until noodles and chicken are coated. If needed, turn heat on low for a few minutes to keep the mixture warm.
  7. Garnish with extra basil leaves (optional) and serve.
Nutrition information is approximate. Your results may be different due to different brands/products and measuring differences.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙ of recipe Calories: 550 Fat: 34 Carbohydrates: 41 Sugar: 3 Sodium: 119 Protein: 22


If you like this recipe, please vote for me in the sweepstakes!  Remember, you get an entry to win the $250 VISA gift card every time you vote!  Click HERE to go to the sweepstakes page to vote!  Voting open until 1/31/2014.

Disclosure:  Pennsylvania Dutch provided me with a gift card to purchase the ingredients to develop this recipe.  No other compensation was provided, however if my recipe receives the most votes, I will win a $100 VISA gift card.



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  1. I voted, but it looks like you’re pretty far behind. Shame, because yours does look a lot better. I love pesto!
    Edward Antrobus recently posted…Top 10 Recipes of 2013My Profile

    • Kristin King says:

      Thanks, Edward! It looks like the other blogger has about twice the following I have, so I am an underdog. That is OK, it is still fun to participate! And you never know…I have the whole month to drum up votes! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    I love pesto! Thanks so much for sharing, Kristen! Pinned – stopping by from DBB

  3. That broccoli pesto looks GORGEOUS!
    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche recently posted…Smoky coconut and butternut squash soupMy Profile

  4. Kelly says:

    Yum, I love pesto but have never tried a broccoli pesto. This looks and sounds awesome Kristin thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

  5. Jennifer B says:

    I love all the green and I especially looooove broccoli! Great recipe. I am stopping by from DBB and pinning. Also voting for you in the contest. :)
    Jennifer B recently posted…National Spaghetti Day | Spaghetti CasseroleMy Profile

  6. Angel says:

    This looks wonderful. I love broccoli. Thanks for sharing your recipe at Turn It Up Tuesday. I’ve got to give this a try.

  7. Jess says:

    This looks like heaven to me! I love these types of meals!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!
    Jess recently posted…Recipe: Sweet Potato CasseroleMy Profile

  8. This looks absolutely delicious! I look forward to making this at home!

    Thanks for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! :)
    Natasha @ Epic Mommy Adventures recently posted…Turn It Up Tuesday #16My Profile

  9. Kristen your recipe sounds really good and it is so pretty! I voted and shared it on G+ and FB+ asking people to check it out and vote. Hope that helps! Your recipe is definitely much more enticing than the other. Good luck. If you send me a G+ notification to vote for you I will. I probably won’t be able to remember day to day unless you do. I get these from other people who are in a voting contest.
    Terri Henkels
    Easy Life Meal & Party Planning recently posted…Upside Down French ToastMy Profile

    • Kristin King says:

      Thanks so much Terri! I will try to send you a G+ notification. I don’t think I have done that before! I so appreciate your vote and your support! *Hugs*

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  11. April says:

    Voted! So glad you added veggies. They look so delicious!
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  12. Great job Kristin! I love this combo! Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies and pesto is one of my favorite sauces, why have I never combined the two before?! Brilliant. So glad you shared this recipe at the Foodies and Crafties Soiree!
    Kristin @Kit’s Crafts recently posted…Foodies & Crafties Soirée – Blog Hop & Link Party #8My Profile

  13. Diane Balch says:

    MY kids love broccoli and those big noodles… must try.
    Diane Balch recently posted…Pureed Vegetable Soups: Christine’s Simple Party Soup #French Fridays with DorieMy Profile

  14. Tripp says:

    If I get chicken in any kind of food I feel truly great. I feel very hungry now and I am interested in this recipe .

  15. G;day! Looks like a warm and comforting recipe!
    G’day! Your soup look terrific Barb! Wish I could try some now!
    View as party of this week’s Foodie Friends Friends St Patrick’s Day GREEN Recipes Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

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