Easy Basil and Chicken Pasta

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This is the first installment of chicken bacon ranch pasta . I will be highlighting chicken recipes to share how tasty and easy they are to make along with tips and tricks to making our busy schedules a little less hectic when it comes to meal time.

Who needs a few extra minutes in a day? I know I do, and dinner time is no exception. With six of us in the home, dinner time can be a fiasco. With everyone having their own tastes it can be overwhelming to make a meal that will please all. The great thing with this recipe is that you can alter them here and there or substitute some ingredients for others to ensure that everyone at your table will have a good healthy meal.

A few good ways to ensure that everyone is involved with making dinner:

  • Decide as a group what to make for dinner.
  • When grocery shopping, divide the list up among the family members. Each with their own grocery cart and list can make the shopping easier and faster.
  • Have one of your family members wash the veggies or potatoes.
  • Turning off the television while preparing meals and eating them make the family more sociable with each other.
  • To ensure everyone will participate in “family dinners” make meals that you know they like and you know how to make.
  • Create “family traditions”. Getting everyone involved and keeping them involved is a great way to have family time by creating family traditions like where everyone sits, who sets the table or even who gets the drinks.


How to pick and prepare your red potatoes.

  • When picking just the right potatoes for that perfect potato salad, look for  ones that are firm and smooth skinned.
  • To clean the potatoes correctly be sure to wash well, removing any spots of brown or “eyes” that may be present. The skins on red potatoes are quite thin, therefore there is no need to peel them. After a good washing and looking over they are ready to be parboiled, fried or roasted.

Did you know:

  • Mini red potatoes are just as delicious and nutritious as their “bigger brothers”.
  • They take less time to cook and are a great addition to any meal.

Now it’s time for the recipes!

Side Dish:

Mini Red Potato Salad Total Time: 20 Minutes. Serves: 4


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  • 1 Pound of Red or New Potatoes.
  • 1 Cup of Green Beans (not frozen)
  • 1/2 Cup of Pitted Black Olives (I omit these)
  • 1/2 of a Sliced Medium Red Onion
  • 1  Pint of Red Grape Tomatoes
  • 2  Table Spoons of White wine vinegar
  • 2 Table Spoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 Ounces of Crumbled Goat Cheese (or shredded cheese)
  • 2 Cans of Tuna (in water)


  1. Boil the potatoes until tender, drain.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the potatoes with the green beans, olives, onion and tomatoes.
  3. Whisk the vinegar with the olive oil.(Makes a vinaigrette)
  4. Pour the vinaigrette over the potato mixture and toss gently.
  5. Sprinkle with shredded cheese or cheese crumbles and sprinkle some tuna over the top.

Main Dish

Basil Chicken Pasta Total Time: Approx. 25 minutes (actual cook time may vary). Serves: 4


  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 4 Table Spoons of Oil
  • 4 small Onions, chopped
  • 4 Table Spoons of Whipping Cream
  • 1 package of pasta

Ingredients for pesto:

  • 6 Table Spoons of Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 2 Table Spoons of Fresh Parsley (or Cilantro), chopped
  • 1 Table Spoons of Almonds
  • 3 to 4 Table Spoons of Olive Oil
  • 2 small Cloves of Garlic
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)


  1. Process all pesto ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  2. Add more olive oil if you see pesto sauce is dry.
  3. Mix pesto with the cream in a saucepan and slowly warm it on low-heat.
  4. In a frying pan, cook onion with oil for 2 minutes.
  5. Add chicken breast and fry 5-8 minutes on each side.
  6. In a separate pan, bring 4 Cups of water with some salt to boil.
  7. Add pasta and cook for 5-10 minutes, then drain the pasta.
  8. Blend pesto and cream mix with pasta and serve with the chicken on top.

*You can also cut chicken into small pieces and mix with the pasta before serving.


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