I have to admit that I’d be rather embarrassed to serve this dish to any Italians I know, as chicken and pasta are rarely paired in Italian cuisine. However, as someone who doesn’t mind straying from the path of culinary convention, I find it hard to resist this combination of garlicky chicken, pesto, pasta and creamy goat’s cheese.
Whereas I would happily eat goat’s cheese every day, my other half doesn’t crave it on quite such a regular basis, so I often save this dish for when he’s out of the house and I can savour it in all its goat’s-cheesy glory on my own.
If you’re a fairly proficient multitasker, you can probably knock this up in about half an hour. To get ahead of the game when you know time is going to be short, prepare the pepper and the pine nuts in advance and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to add them to the dish.