Chicken Pesto Orecchiette Recipe

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17 mins (prep 5, cooking 12)
10 ingredients
4-6 servings
The number one mistake Americans make when using pesto is using too much. We see the little jar on the shelf and think “It’s so small! I should probably use the whole thing…” But please resist the urge! Your food will thank you for it. Follow this recipe for Chicken Pesto Orecchiette and you’ll see what I mean. The Pesto Genovese contributes subtle flavors of herbs and cheese, but it doesn’t overpower the other ingredients. Even if it feels like too little, trust me – just 1/2 cup is plenty to dress 1 pound of pasta. You want to actually taste all the fresh asparagus, rustic pasta, and garlicky chicken. Every ingredient has a role to play in the final dish. Orecchiette means “little ears” in Italian, and it’s not hard to see why. Part of the joy of crafting pasta dishes comes from making pleasing combinations of pasta shapes and toppings. By chopping everything to roughly the same size as these thumbprint-shaped noodles, you’ll find that they will cradle your sauce and every bite will be perfect!

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Serving Size (33.17 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 79.04 Calories from Fat 37.17
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.13g 25.39%
Saturated Fat 1.17g 23.44%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 3.55mg 4.73%
Sodium 445.99mg 74.33%
Total Carbohydrate 7.16g 9.54%
Dietary Fiber 1.12 g 17.98%
Sugars 0.62 g %
Protein 3.61g 28.87%
Vitamin A 166.51IU% Vitamin C 1.48mg%
Calcium 52.84mg% Iron 0.4mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
or, boneless skinless chicken thighs, clove garlic, asparagus spears, dash pepper