Pesto chicken pasta in a bowl

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Make this chicken pesto pasta recipe for dinner this week. It is made with fresh pesto, chicken breast, and a delicious thick sauce. 

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 35 minutes
Fat 18 Carbs 11 Protein 1
Yield 6 1x


  • 8 oz. whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1/81/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast (cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 10 oz. cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 3 tablespoons starchy water
  • 6 tablespoons pesto, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • toppings: fresh basil and parmesan cheese


  1. First, fill a large pot about 3/4 of the way full of water and add about 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of salt to the water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add pasta and let the pasta cook for about 7-9 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Remove about a 1/4 cup of starchy pasta water and set it aside for later.
  3. Strain the water from the pasta and set it aside for later.
  4. Next, heat a large skillet pan over medium/high heat. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to the pan once it’s hot.
  5. When olive oil is fragrant, add chicken and Italian seasoning. Cook the chicken for about 4-6 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Remove from the pan.
  6. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the same pan and then add the onions. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  7. Next, add the garlic to the onions. When garlic is fragrant add the chicken broth to the pan.
  8. Cook mixture for 3-4 minutes until the broth reduces to half and then add cherry tomatoes and let them cook for 2 minutes.
  9. Finally, add starchy water and pesto to the pan and bring the mixture to a boil.
  10. Lastly, add cooked chicken and pasta to the pan. Mix until all ingredients are covered with pesto sauce.
  11. Season with ground pepper and top with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 Calories: 311 Sugar: 1 Fat: 18 Carbohydrates: 11 Fiber: 2 Protein: 1
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: DinnerMethod: Stove topCuisine: Italian

Keywords: pesto chicken pasta

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