gluten-free chicken pesto fettuccine

by Cait on August 30, 2012

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This almost looks too good to be gluten-free, right?

But the exciting part is that is truly is.  100%.

It get stupidly excited over things that satisfy specific dietary requirements and still taste delicious.

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This is one of those things.

I mean, the odds were definitely stacked in my favor…don’t think I don’t know that.

It’s hard to go wrong with pesto, chicken and pasta.

But gluten-free noodles can go wrong.  Very, very wrong.  If you’re not careful.  

Luckily I was careful.  And this was delicious.  So go make and get excited with me!

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Gluten-Free Chicken Pesto Fettuccine (from my blog)


  • 1 pound gluten-free fettuccine (I used brown-rice based Tinkyada fettuccine noodles)
  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 (6 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto (you can use homemade if you prefer and you can use more as well!)
  • In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta according to box directions, stirring occasionally, until al dente.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, melt Earth Balance in canola oil. 
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook over medium-high heat until lightly browned and firm to touch, about 5 minutes per side. 
  • Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. 
  • Discard all but 1 tbsp. fat from skillet. Add tomatoes and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until they start to soften, about 5 minutes. 
  • Cut chicken into chunks.
  • Ladle off 1 cup pasta water and set aside. 
  • Drain pasta and return to pot. Add chicken, tomatoes and reserved pasta water. Stir in pesto and mix well until ingredients are coated.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren August 30, 2012

I can never taste a difference between Gluten Free and regular pasta for some reason. This looks great!


Alicia @ energEAT August 30, 2012

I’m so glad I made pesto yesterday…I think I know what I’m doing with it :) Yum. Summer tomatoes are so good. Thanks for this!


Hope @ With A Side Of Hope August 30, 2012

This looks delicious! I love pesto sauce. :)


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 30, 2012

I had dinner at a friend’s house not long ago and she served GF noodle from TJs that were really good. Like better than some regular noodles!


Taylor August 30, 2012

Ohh I have those noodles, they’re fantastic! I thought they would have a weird texture, but they don’t at all. This looks SO good!


Rachel August 30, 2012

oo I’ll have to try out that pasta!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 30, 2012

That first picture is absolutely gorgeous! Love this recipe!!


Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian August 30, 2012

This looks just amazing!
I love pesto so I know this would be right up my alley!


Kaitlyn August 30, 2012

yesss, gluten free noodles can definitely go wrong. but thankfully, this recipe sounds & looks quite the opposite. :) (per usual with all your meals!)


Katie August 31, 2012

It looks perfect! I just pinned it so that I will (eventually) get it on our dinner menu. Cannot get enough pesto!


Kelly September 2, 2012

YUM! I love the white bowl too! Gorgeous!


Nicole May 24, 2013

I just love the way you made your it looks so good.Great recipe.
Thanks for sharing your talent.
Please checkout my blog .

Have a Happy Memorial Day!!


Cait May 27, 2013

Glad you liked it! And thank you – you as well! :)


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