Chicken Pesto Pasta

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Chicken Pesto Pasta is a light and delicious recipe that is perfect for busy weeknights and meal prepping for the week!

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Pasta is an inexpensive way to feed a crowd on a budget. Not to mention what kid doesn’t love pasta? This pasta is a quick to make and super versatile as well.

What type of pasta should I use?

I recommend using a noodle that has grooves within the noodles. The grooves of the pasta help to hold the pesto sauce in!

How should I cook the chicken?

If you have leftover grilled chicken, this is a great option!

However, if you need to cook chicken, I recommend dicing the chicken breasts and cooking on the stove in a large skillet sprinkled with your families favorite seasonings like garlic salt, pepper or even chicken/steak seasoning for additional flavors. Blackened chicken would also be very good within this recipe!

Ingredients for Pesto Chicken Pasta

  • pasta – penne or ziti pasta works best as it holds the pesto in the nooks and crannies.
  • fresh basil leaves
  • garlic
  • water
  • pine nuts
  • olive oil
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • grated parmesan cheese

If desired, you can serve the pesto and chicken over a fresh bed of spinach to keep keto or low carb friendly.

Variations

There are so many options to pasta. Try adding or substutiting”

  • protein – substitute the chicken breasts for chicken thighs, shrimp or even Italian sausage.
  • veggies – add in sauteed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach or zucchini to the pasta
  • cheese – serve with freshly grated parmesan, or melt fresh mozzarella over the top of the pasta before serving

How to Make Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain and set aside.

Start by browning your chicken. You can season with garlic salt and pepper if you choose.

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While the chicken is cooking, make pesto by combining basil, garlic, water, pine nuts and olive oil in a food processor and blend until desired consistency.

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Combine the pesto with the pasta.

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Top with chicken and parmesan.

Serve!

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MORE EASY PASTA RECIPES

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta is a light and delicious pasta recipe that is perfect for busy weeknights and meal prepping for the week!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. pasta, ziti or penne
  • 40-50 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp water, warm
  • 4 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 6 oz. chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain and set aside.

Start by browning your chicken. You can season with garlic salt and pepper if you choose.

While the chicken is cooking, make pesto by combining basil, garlic, water, pine nuts and olive oil in a food processor and blend until desired consistency.

Combine the pesto with the pasta.

Top with chicken and parmesan.

Serve!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 452Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 35g

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