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Gluten Free Chicken Pesto Pasta

During the gluten-free month of May earlier this year I created a new favourite recipe.

You can read about my preparation here and my thoughts afterwards here.

As a lover of pasta and its simplicity; this is an area of cooking that I most enjoy. However… there is pasta and there is pasta. I do not buy traditional packet pasta. The quality of the product; like most foods in a packet; is not terribly high nor is the nutritional value. For me it is important to get “bang for my buck” in the sense that what I feed my body ticks 2 boxes – it must be yummy and offer nourishment.

Making pasta from scratch is my #1 preference when I feel like enjoying a bowl at home and is one of those foods that feels great to make. Do you know what should be in pasta?

2 ingredients.

Unbleached high-quality flour (I use ’00’ flour which you can find almost anywhere now) and free-range eggs.

image credit : Jamie Oliver

image credit : Jamie Oliver

That is it.

In Sydney; and no doubt all over; there are wonderful Italian delis where you can buy this type of pasta made and ready to cook should you not want to make it yourself.

Though, if you wish to enjoy a lower-calorie, lower-carb and gluten-free option, try this recipe instead….

It is so yummy, simple (like actual pasta), nutritious AND the “pasta” actually holds its’ shape during cooking. Better still the only ingredients in the pasta are mung beans and water.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2 hungry people or 3 not so hungry people)

  • 1 x packet Explore Asian Organic Mung Bean Fettucine (see below for where to find)

    A great "pasta" alternative

    A great “pasta” alternative

  • 2 x medium size free-range chicken breasts
  • Half a handful of raw pine nuts
  • Good dollop of my homemade pesto

    Green Goodness!!

    Green Goodness!!

  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • Small knob of good quality full-fat unsalted butter (I use Lurpak)
  • Freshly chopped herbs to serve – basil and parsley would work a treat!
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese to serve – optional



  1. Bring a medium-sized saucepan of water to the boil (roughly 8 cups)
  2. Once boiling, add the mung bean fettucine
  3. Cook for 6-8 minutes (we do not want a mushy texture)
  4. Drain, rinse and set aside

Pine nuts

  1. Heat a frypan over medium-high heat with no oil
  2. Once the frypan is heated, place pine nuts in panpinenuts
  3. Dry-fry for a few minutes, turning and WATCH them as they will easily burn and put aside – could easily be done in an oven – bake a whole packet and store in an air-tight container in the fridge to add to other dishes
  4. Pine nuts will be lightly toasted and smell amazing!!

    Lightly toasted and ready to throw in other meals as well

    Lightly toasted and ready to throw in other meals as well


  1. Heat a grill pan/frypan over medium-high heat with a smidgen of olive oil
  2. Prepare chicken breasts by butterflying or halving (this helps keep them moist by cooking for less time)
  3. Season with sea salt & cracked black pepperphoto 1-26
  4. Place chicken in the pan, turning only once you can see the underside has cooked – it will be white

    You can see the chicken is becoming white and juicy

    You can see the chicken is becoming white and juicy

  5. Turn and repeat on the other side – I love the grill marks from the pan on my chickencooking chicken
  6. Once cooked through, remove from the heat and slice (if you notice any that are not quite cooked, pop them back in the pan)

    Sliced and ready for plating up

    Sliced and ready for plating up

Bringing it together 

  1. Heat a large frypan over medium heat
  2. Add the butter and swirl the pan so it is mostly covered
  3. Add the crushed garlic and either move the pan around or stir with a wooden spoon
  4. Add the cooked pasta and stir

    Added to warm through and gain buttery/garlic flavours

    Added to the pan to warm through and gain those yummy buttery/garlic flavours

  5. Add the pesto and stir once again
  6. Remove from the heat
  7. Pour contents into a large mixing bowl
  8. Add the chicken and mix thoroughly
  9. Serve in bowls with the parmesan and fresh herbs on top and ENJOY!!!
    Yum yum yum!!

    Yum yum yum!!


A generous serve for me includes 100g chicken & 80g pasta…

Calories – 608

I would love to hear from you if you try this one at home…

Nadia xxx

The Mung Bean pasta can be found at many IGA supermarkets and here.

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