• Serves 4
  • 40 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 12 Ingredients


This delicious Basil chicken recipe is courtesy of Weight Watchers.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 cup (220g) risoni pasta
  • 3⁄4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 4 x 120g lean chicken breast fillets, fat trimmed, halved horizontally
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 300g green beans, trimmed, cut into 3cm lengths
  • 200g grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1⁄2 cup (125ml) chicken stock
  • 2 bunches (200g) rocket, trimmed


  1. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet instructions, or until just tender. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, finely shred 1⁄4 cup basil (see tip). Place chicken, rind, juice, shredded basil, garlic and half the oil in a large bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss to coat.
  3. Lightly spray a large non-stick frying pan with oil and heat over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, in batches, for 2 minutes each side or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm.
  4. Heat remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook zucchini, beans and tomatoes, stirring, for 2 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Add stock and risoni and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until heated through. Stir in remaining basil and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve risoni with chicken and rocket.


Risoni looks like rice but is actually a small, seed-shaped pasta that can be enjoyed hot or cold. It is available in packets in the pasta aisle of the supermarket. Always shred basil just before using otherwise the edges may bruise and turn black. 9 ProPoints per value serve.

  • I will have to try this with the kids as they love all types of pasta!


  • This sounds so simple and delicious to make. Hope it’s just as good without the lemon


  • Nice well balanced recipe.


  • Now this is a meal that I would definitely eat. It looks so delicious, easy to make and low on calories. Win-Win!


  • This looks so healthy and a balanced meal. Very health6 but I think I will need more carbs.


  • Looks Yuma eb nice and healthy!


  • Looks very yummy. The first thought that came to mind was – a very slimming dish, then saw the recipe title. Had to laugh.
    Going to try for sure.


  • I love risoni and basil so this is definitely a winning recipe for me.
    Looks delish, thank you for sharing!


  • This looks so fresh and healthy. So delicious.


  • Rissonti- i totally forgot about it. Thank you for giving me some ideas


  • This looks very appetising


  • This recipe looks delicious will be attempting it soon. Thanks a bunch


  • Looks and sounds lovely and quite healthy as well thanks,


  • I’m not into chicken and pasta myself, but my husband will like this one.


  • some of the Weight Watchers recipes are really delicious. Love this one.


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