Kale & Coriander Pesto with Chicken Pasta – Recipe

Kale & Coriander Pesto with Chicken Pasta - Recipe

Kale is the latest super food which contains sulforaphane which is great for preventing cancer. Over the last year I tend to buy a bunch a week. I have since then planted some in our vegetable patch. It is packed with beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. Kale is apart of the brassica family of cabbages, broccoli and brussel sprouts. All powerful green foods.

This versatile pesto can be used as dip, eaten with cheese and tomato or stirred through pasta as a wholesome dinner. It keeps in the fridge for up to a week.

Kale & Coriander Pesto with Chicken Pasta - Recipe

Kale & Coriander Pesto with Chicken Pasta
Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 4-6
  • Pesto:
  • 100gm kale stalks removed
  • 125gm toasted almonds
  • 30gm coriander
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 100ml olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 chicken breast, finely sliced
  • ¼ cup of white wine
  • Handful of kale, chopped roughly
  • 1 packet of pasta, cooked
  1. Pesto: Blanch the kale in boiling water for 30 seconds and then remove. Allow to cool. In a food processor place the almonds, coriander, garlic, oil, kale, salt and pepper. Blend to a smooth consistency. I like to leave mine a little coarse.
  2. In a large frying pan place the olive oil and onion over a medium heat stirring continuously allowing to soften. Add the chicken and stir until all sides are pale white. Add the wine followed by the kale stirring continuously for a further minute. Add two heaped tablespoons of pesto and mix through evenly. Add the pasta to the pan and coat evenly with the pesto mixture.
  3. Serve immediately with a green side salad.
Cook the pasta to al dente so it does not break in the pan when added to the pesto. The pesto also makes a great dip. I suggest you try it with sharp cheddar on a cracker. It will keep in the fridge for up to a week.


Kale & Coriander Pesto with Chicken Pasta - Recipe

To read more about the health benefits of kale click here.

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  • Ali November 8, 2012, 6:30 am

    I’ve seen lots of recipes with kale in it lately and I still haven’t tried it! This dish looks great and I’ve saved it in my favourites to try soon :)

    • Lizzie Moult November 8, 2012, 6:49 am

      Ali, you should try kale it is the new superfood!

  • kitchenriffs November 8, 2012, 12:06 pm

    I’ve been eating a lot more kale lately, too. Such great flavor. I really like this recipe – I make a similar dish with Swiss chard or spinach, but haven’t tried kale. Excellent idea! Good stuff – thanks.

    • Lizzie Moult November 8, 2012, 5:35 pm

      I will have to try it with swiss chard – I never thought to use it. YUM

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 10, 2012, 6:56 am

    I have similar love for pestos used in pasta! And for kale too :)

  • Catherine Bedson November 12, 2012, 9:31 am

    One of my favourite dishes is chicken, pesto and pasta! Great recipe and love the photos and styling of the dish Lizzie. Hope you’ve recovered from our amazing adelaide weekend.

    • Lizzie Moult November 12, 2012, 9:39 am

      I am still recovering from last weekend. It was great to meet you, sorry we did not connect about recipe writing. Feel free to email me any questions.

  • Christin@FortMillSCLiving November 13, 2012, 10:07 pm

    I absolutely LOVE kale and your pasta looks delicious! Totally in love with your beautiful bowl.

  • The Life of Clare November 22, 2012, 9:27 am

    This pasta looks fantastic. We don’t have any kale growing at the moment but I think I should get onto that!