Tortellini is a favorite for even the pickiest of children. The chicken gives them the protein they need, and most kids like pesto especially if you add extra Parmesan cheese. Pack this in a Thermos food jar for their lunches.
1. In a small, nonstick skillet lightly coated with cooking spray, add the chicken and sauté for 4 minutes per side or just until no longer pink. Let cool, then dice.
2. Meanwhile, boil the tortellini for 8 minutes or until just tender. Drain and place in a serving bowl. Add the chicken, pesto and Parmesan cheese and toss well.
4 oz boneless chicken breast (about 1 breast)
12 oz tortellini
1/3 cup pesto (store-bought, or see Pesto recipe)
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
Nutritional Analysis per Serving
Protein 20 g
Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 4.9 g
Carbohydrates 41 g
Cholesterol 56 mg
Sodium 548 mg
Fiber 1.8 g
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Make Ahead: Sauté the chicken up to a day in advance and keep refrigerated.
Nutrition Watch: Pesto sauce is high in calcium and very high in vitamin A, an antioxidant that helps fight cancer.