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5 from 3 votes

Chicken Pesto Pasta

So simple.  Yet, so delicious!  Chicken Pesto Pasta is chicken and penne in a basil pesto sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chicken pesto pasta, pasta with pesto, pesto pasta
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 560kcal
Author: Amanda Finks


  • 8 oz. (half a 1 pound box) penne rigate pasta
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup basil pesto


  • Cook the pasta according to it’s package directions. Before draining the pasta, reserve 1/4 cup of the starchy cooking liquid.
  • As the pasta cooks, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the chicken, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir well to coat the chicken. Cook for 6-8 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through, stirring occasionally. Remove the skillet from the heat.
  • Add the cooked and drained pasta and the pesto to the skillet with the chicken. Stir well.
  • To loosen up the sauce, add some of the reserved starchy cooking liquid, if needed.



Serving: 1/4th the recipe | Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.8g | Protein: 34.2g | Fat: 25.8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fiber: 2.8g