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Chicken Pesto Pasta on a white bowl.

Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This creamy chicken pesto pasta is a winning family dinner. Tender bites of chicken are mixed with your favorite pasta and smothered in an easy to make creamy pesto sauce. It’s a 25-minute dinner recipe you don’t want to miss! 


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Ingredients

Creamy Pesto Sauce

  • 1 cup fresh basil, packed
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, packed
  • ½ cup grated parmesan 
  • ¼ cup toasted cashews
  • 2 garlic cloves, 
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup water

Chicken Pesto Pasta

  • 8 ounces pasta (penne is pictured)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon EACH: sea salt and pepper
  • 2 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Begin by making the pesto sauce. Put all of the ingredients into your blender and blend on high until smooth. 
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions. Drain the water then return the pasta to the pot and toss with a little olive oil.
  3. While the pasta water is warming, add the oil to a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook until the chicken is cooked through, stirring a few times, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Add the cooked pasta, spinach, and tomatoes to the pan with the chicken. Pour the pesto sauce over top and mix everything together. Serve right away.
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