Whole Grain Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Marinated Chicken Breast and Pesto Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Whole Grain Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Marinated Chicken Breast and Pesto Recipe
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Whole Grain Spaghetti with Pesto
Grilled chicken strips are served with spaghetti tossed with veggies and pesto. See more
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Whole Grain Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Marinated Chicken Breast and Pesto

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"Strips of grilled chicken breast are served with spaghetti tossed in a veggie and pesto mixture."

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Original recipe makes 7 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    2 hrs 50 mins


  1. Marinate chicken breast with 2 garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, black pepper and 2 sprigs thyme for about two hours.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  3. In a skillet saute remaining garlic in olive oil. Just before garlic turns yellow add broccoli and saute three minutes. Add cherry tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes, season with salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, grill the chicken on both sides until cooked thoroughly, season with salt and cut into strips.
  5. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and toss with veggies and pesto.
  6. Top with grilled chicken and remaining thyme leaves before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 29, 2014

I agree with many reviewers about it needing something - I added more pesto and that helped (I make my own pesto with fresh basil and I think that has a stronger flavor so that might also have helped). I added pine nuts for a little crunch. I will make again as it was easy and pretty healthy.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 06, 2014

While I really believe Barillo pastas are some of the best, I've been less than enthused with their recipes. I used 8 ounces of pasta and that was too much in proportion to the other ingredients. The chicken, broccoli and cherry tomatoes were lost in the pasta. The flavors where trying hard to "come through", inspite of the 6 cloves of garlic and triple thyme I used. Salt and pepper were sorely needed, which I did add. We have been eating whole grain pasta since it was introduced and loving it. We appreciate the extra fiber and protein it offers. Thank you, Barillo, for your fine productsa!

Jul 18, 2014

I had read the reviews and saw the it was kind of bland, so decided to make the "Pesto" recipe here on the Allrecipes site, thinking that the fresh-picked-from-the-garden herbs and freshly ground parmesan would make a big difference in the outcome. It was...still lacking something. The directions felt a bit clunky to me, and it was hard to keep up with it all. Next time, I would set the pot of water to boil first, then grill the chicken, then leave it to rest while I worked on the veggies, setting those aside in a large bowl until needed. Then I would cook the spaghetti, toss it into the vegetables until well-mixed, then add the pesto to coat well. I had added the pesto first, and by the time the veggies were added, the spaghetti had absorbed everything and there wasn't much left over. Maybe that would have made a difference? Also, I added more salt than I normally do, but the depth of flavor still didn't seem strong. Individually, all the components were great. But together? It just seemed disjointed. I'll have to try again.

Jul 12, 2014

This was just okay. As is, I felt like it was missing something. Added more salt and extra pesto sauce to the dish and shredded parmesan cheese helped, but still rather disappointed. Love Barilla pasta, but this recipe needs a little work.

Jul 06, 2014

I always have Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti on hand and thought I would give this a try. The grilled chicken was perfect but the rest of the meal was just OK. Not sure I will try to make this again with tweaks.

Jul 24, 2014

Great recipe! We loved the texture of the whole grain spaghetti. I don't think I will make regular spaghetti anymore! All the ingredients worked really well together. I put 2 chicken breasts in this one.

Jul 23, 2014

This was very good with a few modifications. I made my own Pesto and I added some Tropical Sazon and some red pepper flakes to the marinade for the Chicken. I will be making this again as it was easy and very flavorful. I liked the whole grain pasta, too.

Jul 22, 2014

This was a keeper! Loved the texture of the whole grain noodles! I added about a teaspoon of cracked pepper and a half teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes to add some spice.


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  • Calories
  • 386 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.8 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 17.7 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 7.5 g
  • 30%
  • Protein
  • 14.4 g
  • 29%
  • Sodium
  • 163 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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