• Cooking Time: 30
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time:


Award-winning chef and Great British Menu favourite, Paul Ainsworth, prepares a simple fresh chilli chicken pasta recipe - perfect every time


  • 400g of strozzapreti pasta, or any fresh pasta of your choice
  • 1 large red onion, finely sliced
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 4 free range chicken breasts, skinned and cut into 2cm strips
  • 4 tbsp of sweet chilli sauce
  • 6 tbsp of crème fraîche
  • 2 tbsp of red pesto
  • 1 tbsp of garlic purée, finely chopped
  • 80ml of vegetable stock
  • 1 fresh basil, ripped
  • Bart salt
  • Bart freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 dashes of olive oil
  • 2 tomatoes, finely diced


  • 1. Place a pot of salted water over a medium-high heat and bring to the boil
  • 2. Place a large pan over a medium heat and add a dash of olive oil. Add the chicken strips and fry until nicely browned on one side. Season the chicken with salt and pepper as it cooks
  • 3.Turn over the chicken and add the onions. Fry until the onions and chicken pieces are golden brown all over
  • 4.Add the garlic and vegetable stock to the pan, using a wooden spoon to scrape the base of the pan and incorporate the contents into the sauce. Bring up to a gentle simmer and cook until the stock reduces to the consistency of a sauce
  • 5.Now, drop the pasta into a pan of boiling salted water and cook for about 8 minutes, leaving a nice bite to the pasta
  • 6.Add the red pesto, sweet chilli and crème fraiche to the sauce and leave to gently simmer
  • 7.Strain the pasta, add to the sauce and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add a dash of lemon juice. Divide into 4 bowls, garnish with some chopped basil and diced tomato and serve

Categories: Main Dish  Pasta  Poultry 

Author Credit: Great British Chefs

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