Chicken and Cheese Tortellini with Pesto

Tortellini is a favourite 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.


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 


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.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving 

Calories 354 
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.

Serves 4

Nutrition Watch: Pesto sauce is high in calcium and very high in vitamin A, an antioxidant that helps fight cancer.