Crispy chicken thighs with red pesto spaghetti

Crispy chicken thighs with red pesto spaghetti


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About this recipe: Sun-dried tomato pesto, cream, mushrooms, onions, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan - coating spaghetti on a bed of spinach leaves, with Parmesan crusted chicken. Mmmmm. Chicken thighs can be quite difficult to eat since these ones had the bones still in, but I actually prefer having a chunk of meat with pasta, rather than it being chopped up inside (unless it's a pasta bake). I used chicken thighs because they still have the skin on and I love the crispy texture with the moist chicken. This is one of my perfect meals since I'm obsessed with pesto and pasta!

LottieRainbow Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Serves: 2 

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • dried Italian herbs
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 180g spaghetti
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 handful mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes, quartered and some left whole
  • 1/2 jar red pesto (sun-dried tomato)
  • 1 dash cream
  • fresh basil, torn
  • 1 handful spinach leaves

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220 C / Gas 7.
  2. Cut slits in the layer of fat on the chicken thighs - this will help it crisp up.
  3. Brush with olive oil, season, sprinkle with herbs and grated Parmesan.
  4. Bake in the oven for 35 to 45 minutes - cover with foil for the first half of the cooking time!
  5. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions, and in a separate pan, fry the onions in some olive oil. When softened, add the mushrooms and quartered cherry tomatoes, and continue to fry.
  6. Place some tomatoes in with the chicken for the remaining 5 minutes of the cooking time.
  7. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and return to the pan. Stir in the onions and mushrooms, and add the pesto and cream, stirring and tossing until coated. Add some fresh basil.
  8. Place the spinach leaves in two bowls or plates and serve the spaghetti on top. Top with the chicken thighs and tomatoes. Garnish with some fresh basil and Parmesan.

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Reviews (2)


Excellent....really enjoyed this one as did my son....Thank you. - 10 Aug 2015


Just did the chicken thighs - very nice and so simple! - 27 May 2013

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