Creamy Pesto Chicken with Mediterranean Pasta


July 27, 2016

The light option just got a whole lot tastier and better still, a whole lot cheesier!


4 chicken breast (all skin or visible fat removed)

2 x 150g tubes Primula Light

20g fresh basil finely chopped

2 teaspoons dried basil

Aluminium foil

300g dried pasta – any shape

2 peppers, any colour, deseeded and cut into chunky pieces

2 courgettes sliced into rounds then quartered

2 large red onions cut in half then quartered

20 cherry tomatoes

2 tsp mixed herbs

Low fat cooking spray

Freshly ground black pepper – to taste

Freshly ground sea salt – to taste


1Heat oven to 200ºC/400ºF fan/Gas Mark 6.

2Place the chicken breasts into an ovenproof dish.

3In a bowl squeeze out the 2 tubes of Primula Light, add in the fresh and dried basil then mix well.

4With a spoon dollop the cheesy mixture over the chicken breasts and smooth over with the back of the spoon.

5Cover with foil. Place into the oven for 40 minutes, carefully remove the foil 10 minutes from the end to lightly brown.

6Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables and place on a large baking tray, cover with low fat spray then sprinkle over the mixed herbs and season.

7Pop into the oven to roast for 25 minutes until just cooked and charring on edges.

8Cook the pasta according to pack instructions then drain and set aside.

9Take out the vegetables from the oven and mix them gently through the hot pasta – plate up 4 portions.

10Remove the chicken from the oven - checking it is thoroughly cooked through and juices run clear. Place a breast on top of the pasta and spoon over the creamy pesto sauce.

11Serve with a mixed salad.


9 Reviews

Christine G

October 18, 2018

This was a winner with my husband and grown up children. delicious! Thank you for the recipe.


June 4, 2018

Sounds like a great alternative, Lesley!


June 4, 2018

Hi Sonia! It’s best to check with your adviser, but we believe at the last check it was 75g of Primula Light Cheese for a Healthy Extra A.


May 31, 2018

Hows much of this prima light cheese can you have on the A option

Lesley Bladon

May 30, 2018

I am not too keen on basil, so going to make this with garlic and parsley, as an alternative. Love the nacho mince recipe. Love primula light, it’s so versatile ????


August 24, 2017

Made this today. Was yummy.

Shona H

July 13, 2017

I made the version of this in the Slimming World magazine with the spiralised veg and it tasted amazing. Keep the Slimming World friendly recipes coming – the Nacho Style Feast is a winner too!


May 31, 2017

Thanks Sam, we’re pleased you think so too!

Sam F

May 29, 2017

Great recipe. Great on the slimming world diet. Lovely and creamy.

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