Chicken Pesto Pasta

Main Dishes · Pasta · April 13, 2018

This Chicken Pesto Pasta is very flavorful and simple dinner idea that is sure to please. It’s filled with bow-tie pasta, chunks of chicken, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and pesto making it a new go-to meal recipe.

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta

It’s very obvious that the Luna family is obsessed with the pasta + chicken + cheese combo. We have dozens of recipes here on the site that fall under this category. What can we say?? The combo is usually loved by the whole family and the dinner ideas tend to be very simple, which is why today’s Chicken Pesto Pasta was another dinner winner!

Along with the perfect pasta, chicken and cheese combo, we’ve always loved the pesto flavor. Adding it in with our favorite combo was amazing and made this chicken recipe so flavorful and delicious. And with hints of garlic and spices, this dish was another keeper we will be adding to the meal rotation.

Pesto Chicken Pasta

How to Make Pesto Pasta:

We are grateful this recipe was very easy to make. Unlike many of our pasta dishes, this recipe isn’t coated in a heavy cream. Yes, the cream can make it even more delicious (which you can totally add with some broth and heavy whipping cream), but we loved that without the cream it made the dish a little lighter. Here is what you need to do to make it…

  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions; drain.
  2. In a large skillet, saute garlic in hot oil until tender. Add in chicken and red pepper flakes. Cook until cooked through and golden brown. Place on a paper towel to soak up any grease.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together your pasta, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, pesto, garlic salt and pepper (to taste). Serve and ENJOY!

Since we love chicken, that was definitely our meat of choice for this recipe. We do think sausage would be great too, so we are hoping to try that next. 😉

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Pesto Pasta recipe

This Chicken Pesto Pasta is very flavorful and simple dinner idea that is sure to please. It's filled with bow-tie pasta, chunks of chicken, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and pesto making it a new go-to meal recipe. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 398 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces bow tie pasta
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes drained and sliced
  • 8.1 oz jar pesto sauce
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • garlic salt
  • garlic pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions; drain.

  2. In a large skillet, saute garlic in hot oil until tender.

  3. Add in chicken and red pepper flakes. Cook until cooked through and golden brown. Place on a paper towel to soak up any grease.

  4. In a large bowl, toss together your pasta, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, pesto, garlic salt and pepper (to taste). Serve.

Nutrition Facts
Pesto Pasta recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 398 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 424mg 18%
Potassium 344mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 14.9%
Vitamin C 9.2%
Calcium 13.8%
Iron 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Adapted from AllRecipes.com 

Delicious Chicken Pesto Pasta

Recipe Notes:
  • DIFFICULTY: easy
  • HOW MANY DOES IT FEED: 8
  • ANY CHANGES MADE: used 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, used full 8.1 oz jar of pesto sauce, added Parmesan cheese, added garlic salt and garlic pepper, used minced garlic in place of cloves.
  • ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT TIME: Loved our changes – so good!
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    Rheyna R

    Nice recipe pasta with pesto sauce. Would definitely try it.

    Judy Mack

    Kristen, oh my. I just made the Pesto Pasta with Chicken. It is so delicious. I tweaked the recipe just a bit since I am dairy intolerant. I ate one helping and going to have a plateful for lunch tomorrow. My husband bought Basil Pesto instead of Pesto. I left out the garlic cause I forgot to ask him to pick it up. I added a little less pasta and more Pesto sauce. I added garlic salt and pepper while cooking the chicken breasts. The sun-dried tomatoes made this so delicious. It’s a keeper. We love it. Thank you.

      Kristyn Merkley

      That makes me so happy to hear!! Thank you for letting me know 🙂 I am so glad you liked it!

    Judy Mack

    Krystyn, it’s going to be one of our favorites from now on. My husband even mentioned it again today how much he loved it. Thank you again for sharing with us.

    Vital

    My kids loves your recipe for pesto pasta. So easy to make, but yummy❤❤❤

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