Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Spinach & Blackened Chicken

Blackened Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

As much as I would have loved to just eat my sun-dried tomato pesto out of the jar, I thought it be best if I added some protein to my meal.  Any while I’m at it, why not a good dose of carbs too?  All of those miles I’m racking up surely call for a little pasta now and then, right?

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t eat a lot of meat but I can’t even tell you how much my body is craving protein right now.  A couple of months ago, I probably would have smothered the pasta with the pesto, added the spinach and called it dinner.

And did you know it’s so simple to blacken chicken?  It’s totally been calling my name.   The spices – you probably have most of them in your pantry right now.  They created an amazing crust on the chicken that I swear held in every little drop of moisture.  This chicken cut like butter!

I loved how simple this meal came together, and how elegant it felt on my plate.  I loved the pop of green from the spinach and the blackening spices complimented the pesto perfectly.  Can you tell I loved this pasta?  Yeah.  We ate this last week.  Do you think it’s too soon for another sun-dried tomato pesto pasta meal?

Blackened Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Spinach & Blackened Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 30 min

This recipe for sun-dried tomato pesto pasta with spinach and blackened chicken makes for a simple, healthy and flavorful weeknight meal.

Ingredients:

12 ounces angel hair pasta
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 tsp. grapeseed oil, divided
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups (1 recipe) sun-dried tomato pesto
1/4 cup water, reserved from the pasta cooking water

Directions:

Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente.

Mix the paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, onion powder and cumin in a small bowl and rub generously on each piece of chicken.

Heat the grapeseed oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook about 7 minutes on each side or until no longer pink in the center, and the outside seasonings are very fragrant.

Remove from the pan and allow them to rest. Heat the remaining oil in the same pan the chicken was cooked in. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Stir in the sun-dried tomato pesto, mixing until combined, adding pasta-cooking water until thinned out. Stir in the cooked pasta. Serve with the cooked chicken.

Blackened Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

 

66 Responses to “Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Spinach & Blackened Chicken”

  1. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 16, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    My husband requests blackened everything from salmon to swordfish – he would LOVE this!! Yum!

  2. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — July 16, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    I am craving protein right now like crazy! This looks SO good — especially that pesto! 🙂

  3. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — July 16, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    I am totally craving this for dinner tonight! Love the combo of the blackened chicken with this pesto, yum!

  4. #
    Tieghan — July 16, 2013 @ 8:01 am

    This pasta looks so good. I need to get my hands on some sun-dried tomatoes ASAP! What a great meal!

  5. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — July 16, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    Whoa, I totally have everything I need to blacken chicken in my pantry as I read this! #revelation. PS. You deserve every carb that comes your way!

  6. #
    Gerry @ foodness gracious — July 16, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    I love blackened anything, chicken or fish! Great way to use up the pesto…

  7. #
    Kathryn — July 16, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    We have something similar quite often but I’ve never thought to blacken the chicken – such a great added flavour!

  8. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — July 16, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    I must be the lazy “blackening” person…I just buy the blackened seasoning. I wonder how different it tastes when you make your own. The already purchased seems to have a little cajun influence. Sounds amazing though with the pesto!

  9. #
    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — July 16, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    I am a carb queen – especially when I’m training, but I always try to eat protein WITH my carbs to slow down how quickly the carbs turn to sugar in my system. Basically, I was sold at pasta and intrigued by blackened chicken – smart!!

  10. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — July 16, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    I’m used to eating blackened catfish so now its time to switch to poultry.

  11. #
    Jess — July 16, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    Yum Cassie! I’ve been thinking about that tomato pesto since you first posted it. I think it would be good just smeared on bread, but this looks pretty irresistible.

  12. #
    Mercedes — July 16, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    I love the flavor that “blackening” provides, but I have never known exactly which spices go into it, so thank you for teaching me! This pasta looks like my dreams come true!

  13. #
    Helene D'souza — July 16, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    Never too soon for such a gorgeous pasta meal. It would fill my needs after a long busy day and I have to eat more meat too, so your sun dried tomato pasta with spinach and chicken goes into my recipe box. Thanks for sharing Cassie!

  14. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — July 16, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    This looks pretty fantastic!

  15. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — July 16, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    I love chicken and pasta together! I just want to reach in a swirl a huge bite of that pasta onto my fork!

  16. #
    Heather — July 16, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    HOLY YES! I am all over this one – pasta is pretty much my favorite thing ever. It’s tied with pizza 😉

  17. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — July 16, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    Cassie, that looks absolutely delicious! And I’m still jealous of your real Italian sun dried tomatoes 🙂

  18. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — July 16, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    WHY have I never made blackened chicken? That looks and sounds awesome! And who knew it was so simple? This is winning.

  19. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 16, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Once I start eating chicken again, I’m AWWWWWWL about this. Dig, dig, dig.

  20. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 16, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Mmmmmm….this has my name written all over it! I hope your training is going well!

  21. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 16, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    Yes please, this pasta looks amazing!

  22. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — July 16, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    Blackened chicken combined with the sun-dried pesto sounds like a winning dish to me!

  23. #
    Cookbook Queen — July 16, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    My lunch is suddenly looking really pitiful…can you send over a plate of this?? Thanks!! 🙂

  24. #
    Mary Clay @ Cooking with the King — July 16, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    This looks beautiful! Love, love sundried tomato.

  25. #
    Tracey — July 16, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    Oh that seriously looks SO good Cassie!! I cut a lot of carbs from my diet this year and I miss pasta oh so much. What a perfect dinner for summer!

  26. #
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — July 16, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    This looks amazing Cassie! I need a big plate of it right now. And the rest of the sun dried tomato pesto so I too can eat it by the spoonful. 🙂

  27. #
    Aggie — July 16, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    Oh my gosh, this pasta is total perfection!! Love it Cassie.

  28. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 17, 2013 @ 1:31 am

    I had no idea how easy it was to make blackened chicken! This is definitely a must for our weeknight menu.

  29. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 17, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    Such a perfect dinner!

  30. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — July 17, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    Oh my good gracious, this looks delicious!

  31. #
    Jackie l FoodWineFashion.com — July 17, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    You are killing me right now. I am trying to limit my carbs (silly I know) and this pasta looks so darn delicious. Maybe I’ll just stick with the blackened chicken and smother that in pesto?

    xo Jackie

  32. #
    ashley - baker by nature — July 17, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhk… I’m obsessed with this! A must for our dinner table!

  33. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — July 17, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    i had no idea how easy it is to blacken chicken! this looks amazing 🙂

  34. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — July 17, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    I’m with you Cass – I could eat pesto out of a jar, but I figure that ‘d be weird to most people – so this looks divine!!

  35. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 17, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    I live for simple, flavorful, easy meals like this! So delicious, Cassie!

  36. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 17, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    goodness, this plate of pasta looks just perfect!! i really want a plate for lunch right now 🙂

  37. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 17, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    DYING over this! Everything sounds so dang good!

  38. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 17, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    This sounds amazing!

  39. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — July 17, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    What I would give for a giant bowl of this for dinner! YUM!!!

  40. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — July 17, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

    Oh, this sounds crazy good – the blackened chicken sounds incredible, I love the idea of that with this pesto!

  41. #
    Joanne — July 17, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    Ooo!! I don’t know that I would have thought to combine cajun/blackened flavors with pesto but it’s kind of genius actually!

  42. #
    Cookin Canuck — July 17, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    The crust on the chicken sounds like a great way to spice up grilled chicken. And with sundried tomato pesto? Sold.

  43. #
    Deborah — July 18, 2013 @ 12:54 am

    There is nothing about this that I don’t love!

  44. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — July 18, 2013 @ 3:53 am

    Oh my, the blackened chicken looks perfect and I have to make your pesto first and then make this pasta! I’m really craving for this imagining all the flavors in the pasta. I love sun dried tomatoes – maybe love is understated – I’m really crazy about them. I can’t wait to give this a try, Cassie!

  45. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 18, 2013 @ 5:58 am

    Cassie, I just adore blackened everything, too. And, I could probably eat your sun-dried tomato pesto from the jar by spoon as well. Very tasty recipe, girl! xo

  46. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 18, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    I just had breakfast, but now I’m SO ready for dinner!

  47. #
    NaturesComplete — July 18, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    This look absolutely mouth watering. Ive never tried to blacken chicken. I will have to give this recipe a try. Thank you!

  48. #
    leslie — July 18, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    Ohhh yes..this is calling my name too!!!! love me some Blackened chicken!

  49. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — July 19, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    This sounds so good Cassie… and the blackened chicken?! goood lawd! PS I’m a lovah of sun-dried tomato pesto too… totally could eat it by the spoonful!

  50. #
    Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer — July 19, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    Sounds delicious Cassie!

  51. #
    Rachel Cooks — July 19, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    This looks fantastic! I love summery pasta dishes like this.

  52. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — July 19, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    So pretty! The chicken spices sound perfect for with the pesto.

  53. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 19, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    A great summer dinner! Have a good weekend Cassie!

  54. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 19, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    Yum! This looks fantastic, Cassie! Love the flavors!

  55. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — July 19, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    Oh yes! I absolutely love this recipe 🙂 sun dried tomatoes are amazing!

  56. #
    Anne — July 20, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    Good Lord, that pasta looks good. I’ve been craving some good red sauce and this hits the spot!

    Best,
    Anne

  57. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 20, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

    Mmmm, pesto! And that blackened chicken looks SO righteous.

  58. #
    Nessa — July 22, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

    Delicious!

  59. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — July 25, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    Sundried tomatoes are one of my favs! I bet this pasta is amazing being completely covered in them!!

  60. #
    Jenn — August 19, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    You don’t have the pasta added in your ingredients. What kind and how much did you use?

    • Cassie replied: — August 19th, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

      Oh no! Thanks for bringing that to my attention. My rule of thumb is to use 3-4 ounces per person…for this one, serving 4 people, I used one pound of linguine noodles, but you could use any pasta you have on hand.

      Enjoy!

  61. #
    Briana — December 18, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    I just have to say how wonderful this recipe is! I am not a big cooker, I was never really good at it. But I made this recipe for the husband and I, we both raved about it. It is just so delicious! Thank you so much. I have been on a sun-dried tomato kick lately and so glad I found this.

    • Cassie replied: — December 19th, 2013 @ 7:39 am

      I’m so glad it was such a success, Briana. I think I need to make this one again, we loved it too!

  62. #
    Lauren — January 15, 2014 @ 9:52 am

    Mmmm…craving this now!

  63. #
    Gabrielle — October 12, 2014 @ 6:35 pm

    Made this a few nights ago, it was fantastic! I ‘sun dried’ my own tomatoes low and slow in the oven though. Tonight I’m making it again w the jarred sundried tomatoes. Love this recipe, it’s definitely going into our rotation! Thank you

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