You’re only 25-minutes away from a gourmet healthy & delicious recipe! Check out this Spicy Chicken Brown Rice Pasta with Raw Mint Walnut Pesto recipe submitted by Tasty25 contributor Amber Constant of New Orleans, Louisiana; this balanced & wholesome meal feeds 3 adults, and touts a mere 348 calories per serving! It will make a great lunch or dinner for you and/or your family, and the food presentation is even dashing enough to consider preparing it for a romantic candlelit dinner with a significant other! Make sure to share your thoughts with everyone by leaving a rating & comment below, and we hope you enjoy. Happy Cooking! – Tasty25 Staff
Every recipe has a story! Amber shared hers with us: “I really LOVE the raw mint pesto on this dish; the flavors blend so amazingly! Additionally, feel free to garnish the dish with black sesame seeds and/or hemp seeds for added taste & food presentation.” –Amber
CALORIE COUNT: 348 Calories Per Serving; SERVING SIZE: 312 grams.
What you need:
Ingredients for Pasta & Pasta Sauce:
1/2 Package of brown rice pasta
1/2 Large white onion (Chopped)
2 Cloves fresh garlic (Chopped)
2 Cup tomato basil pasta sauce
1 Cup shredded chicken (*You can buy a small rotisserie chicken from your grocery store for this.)
1 Cup cherry tomatoes
1 Tsp. paprika
1 Tsp. cayenne
2 Tbsp. chopped basil
1 Tbsp. parsley
Ingredients for Raw Mint Pesto:
1/4 Cup fresh mint
1/4 Cup fresh green kale
1/4 Cup raw walnuts
1/4 Cup fresh parmesan
2 Tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/8 Tsp. sea salt
Black pepper. (As desired)
Directions: (Approximate cook time: 25 minutes; Serves 2-3 adults.)
Follow the cooking directions on your package of Brown Rice Pasta. (Have your pasta cooking while you prepare the pasta sauce & raw mint pesto.)
Next, take the grapeseed oil & chopped onions, and place them in a medium-sized stovepan over medium heat; Cook onions until softened, for about 5-7 minutes.
Add in the fresh minced garlic, and cook until it becomes aromatic. (About 1 min.)
Toss in the shredded chicken, halved cherry tomatoes, chopped fresno peppers, a dash of black pepper, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
To complete the sauce, add in your tomato basil pasta sauce, along with the spices & herbs; Turn down your heat to medium-low, and cook everything for 3 minutes.
Next, take the cooked brown rice pasta, and mix evenly with your pasta sauce.
For the raw mint pesto, take all of your ingredients and blend them together into a food processor/blender until well incorporated; serve the pasta onto a plate, and then top your pesto onto the pasta (as shown in the picture).
Eat & enjoy!