Grilled Chicken with Arugula Pesto and Caesar Spaghetti

Macrayla Evans


Watched Rachael Ray make this one day on her show. It is pretty tasty!


★★★★★ 2 votes

25 Min
25 Min


Add to Grocery List

  • 1 lb
  • 1/4 c
    extra-virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling
  • 4 large
    cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • ·
    2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce, eyeball the amount
  • 2 medium
    heads escarole, washed
  • 1
    lemon, halved
  • ·
    freshly ground black pepper
  • ·
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly grated nutmeg, or to taste
  • 2 large
    egg yolks
  • 1 c
    grated pecorino romano
  • 6
    anchovy fillets, drained ***optional

  • 1/4 c
    sliced or slivered almonds or shelled pistachios
  • 1 c
    packed fresh arugula leaves
  • 1/2
    lemon, juiced
  • 1 clove
    garlic, grated or minced
  • ·
    salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 c
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 small
    pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast (tenders removed)
  • ·
    ***time saver: buy ready-made pesto and just add the arugula and almonds

How to Make Grilled Chicken with Arugula Pesto and Caesar Spaghetti


  1. For the Ceasar Spaghetti: Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, salt the water. Add the pasta and cook until just shy of al dente, according to package directions.
  2. Heads up: you need to reserve about 1 cup of the starchy cooking water just before draining.
  3. If using the anchovies: While the pasta is cooking, put a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the extra-virgin olive oil. Add the anchovies and cook until they've melted into the oil, about 2 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the garlic, stir 1 minute then add in Worcestershire.
  5. Shred the escarole and add several handfuls at a time, wilting the greens in the garlic oil.
  6. Dress the greens with lots of pepper and a little nutmeg, then squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the pan.
  7. Add the reserved starchy cooking water to the eggs in a small bowl and beat together to temper them.
  8. Turn off the heat and add the drained pasta and the egg mixture.
  9. Stir to combine.
  10. Add half of the cheese and toss vigorously for 1 minute.
  11. Dress the pasta with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and transfer to a serving dish. Top with Grilled Chicken with Arugula Pesto. Pass the remaining cheese at the table.
  12. For the Grilled Chicken with Arugula Pesto, heat a grill pan to high
  13. To make your own pesto, toast the nuts lightly in small skillet over low heat, then add them to a food processor.
  14. Add the arugula, basil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt and pepper, to taste, and pulse to combine.
  15. With the processor on, stream in the extra-virgin olive oil to form a thick pesto.
  16. Or if using the ready- made pesto, just add the arugula and almonds to the pesto in a food processor and pulse to combine.
  17. Lightly pound out the chicken, then rub all sides with the pesto. Spray the grill pan with cooking spray or rub with a little oil and grill the chicken 2 to 4 minutes on each side.
  18. Serve sliced on top of Caesar Spaghetti or, pile it onto ciabatta bread with sliced tomatoes and mozzarella for a sandwich.

Printable Recipe Card

About Grilled Chicken with Arugula Pesto and Caesar Spaghetti

Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

Show 5 Comments & Reviews

Winner, Winner Have An Easy Chicken Dinner Tonight Recipe

Winner, Winner Have an Easy Chicken Dinner Tonight

Kitchen Crew

Chicken is my go-to when I just can't figure out what to make for dinner. Whenever I find myself wondering what to make, I grab a package at the market...

13 Cluckin' Great Chicken Recipes For Tonight's Dinner

13 Cluckin' Great Chicken Recipes for Tonight's Dinner

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Need some inspiration for tonight's dinner? Try one of these 13 cluckin' great chicken recipes.

17 Delicious Recipes With Wine Pairings

17 Delicious Recipes With Wine Pairings

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Ever wonder what wines you should pair with your favorite foods? Here is your guide!