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Creamy Chicken and Pesto Pasta

Creamy Chicken and Pesto Pasta, Creamy chicken, Pesto pasta, easy recipe, chicken recipe, parmesan

This creamy chicken and pesto pasta is one of those easy weeknight meals that tastes amazing yet doesn’t take a ton of time to pull together. It’s made with a store-bought pesto, cream, and parmesan cheese which makes it so quick and flavorful! I’m such a sucker for creamy pasta dishes so this chicken and pesto pasta is one of those easy recipes that I make all the time!

Creamy Chicken and Pesto Pasta, Creamy chicken, Pesto pasta, easy recipe, chicken recipe, parmesan

 

I actually didn’t think my kids would eat this because the pesto adds some “green stuff” but my daughter ate a whole bowl and asked for seconds! That’s what I call a WIN in my book! The jury’s still out on my son liking this but he’s two so we’ll give him a pass. πŸ™‚

 

5 from 3 votes
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Creamy Chicken and Pesto Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces penne pasta
  • 3-4 large chicken breasts (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1/2 tsp each (salt, pepper, garlic powder)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pesto (I use Classico brand)
  • 1 and 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to boil and boil your pasta according to the directions on the package. 

  2. While your pasta is boiling, cut your chicken into bite sized pieces and season with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat and add the butter and olive oil. 

  4. Add your chicken to the skillet and cook until browned cooked throughout. (I just cut open my biggest piece of chicken and make sure it's not pink inside). This should take around 5-7 minutes. 

  5. Once the chicken is cooked, reduce the heat to medium/low and add in the pesto, cream, and parmesan cheese. 

  6. Add the pasta to the skillet with the chicken and stir to combine. 

  7. Season to taste with a little more salt and pepper. 

Creamy Chicken and Pesto Pasta, Creamy chicken, Pesto pasta, easy recipe, chicken recipe, parmesan

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Kristina @ Love & Zest
    June 29, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    This looks so good! All my favorite things in a Pasta dish!

  • Reply
    Emily
    June 29, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Mmm I love pesto, I’ve never used it in this way before but it sounds SO delicious I can’t wait to give it a go!

  • Reply
    Allison - Celebrating Sweets
    June 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    What a fabulous way to use pesto. This sounds fantastic!

  • Reply
    Meg | Meg is Well
    June 29, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Combining cream and pesto is always so amazing! It really makes the pesto stick to the pasta better. I’d ask for seconds, just like your daughter.

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      June 29, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Thanks so much Meg! I totally agree about the cream and pesto too!

  • Reply
    Hannah Healy
    June 29, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Yummy! What a perfect one pot meal! I want some tonight!!

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      June 29, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Thanks Hannah!! Wish I could share πŸ˜›

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