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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Creamy Chicken and Pesto Pasta, Creamy chicken, Pesto pasta, easy recipe, chicken recipe, parmesan
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4.91 from 11 votes

Creamy Chicken and Pesto Pasta

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 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

  • Bring a pot of water to boil and boil your pasta according to the directions on the package. 
  • While your pasta is boiling, cut your chicken into bite sized pieces and season with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 
  • Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat and add the butter and olive oil. 
  • Add your chicken to the skillet and cook until browned and 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. 
  • Once the chicken is cooked, reduce the heat to medium/low and add in the pesto, cream, and parmesan cheese. 
  • Add the pasta to the skillet with the chicken and stir to combine. 
  • 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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26 Comments

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

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

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    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!

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

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

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    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!

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    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 ๐Ÿ˜›

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    Azwihangwisi Magoda
    March 7, 2019 at 11:17 am

    This is really good! I added some bacon as well and it really paired nicely with the chicken.
    Five stars!

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      Coco and Ash
      March 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you! Bacon makes everything better lol

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    Sheila
    March 14, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I added bacon as suggested and baby artichoke hearts. So good!

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    Alyssa
    March 19, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Myndy, thank you very much! I realy liked the recipe, I took it to my recipce book

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    Olga
    March 19, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Mindy, it looks perfect and tasty! Canโ€™t wait to have this anytime of the day, love it!

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    Ally
    March 25, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Sooo good!!! I think next time Iโ€™ll add a tad bit more cream because the following day it was slightly dry but absolutely amazing!!!

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      March 26, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      So glad you liked it! Adding some cream is a great idea for the left overs ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Alina
    April 1, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Mindy, thanks! I just love pasta. I actually have never tried making it on my own. I really should!

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    Celesta Mast
    April 2, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    I made this dish last night and was very good! Made it with canned coconut milk instead of whipping cream since Iโ€™m dairy intolerant and kids and hubby didnโ€™t know the difference. Definitely making it again!

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      Coco and Ash
      April 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      Awesome!! Glad you found a way to make it work!!

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    Chris
    May 17, 2019 at 1:15 am

    It was a much bigger portion than I planned, but it was AMAZING! I actually added some mushrooms too which worked perfectly. I will have leftovers for a while, but I will definitely make it again!! I would recommend this to anyone! Easy, simple, and delicious!

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    Chris
    May 17, 2019 at 1:16 am

    It was a much bigger portion than I planned, but it was AMAZING! I actually added some mushrooms too which worked perfectly. I will have leftovers for a while, but I will definitely make it again!! I would recommend this to anyone! Easy, simple, and delicious!

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      Coco and Ash
      May 17, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you!! Glad it was a win ๐Ÿ™‚

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