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chicken pesto pasta

Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

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  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8


Creamy chicken pesto pasta is rich, easy and perfect for weeknight dinner! Loaded with juicy chicken, basil pesto and green beans.


  • Skinless chicken breasts ( sliced)- 1 1/2 lb (700 gm)
  • Salt-1 teaspoon or to taste
  • Crack black pepper- 1/2 teaspoon or to taste
  • Olive oil- 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic (minced)-4
  • Green beans (trimmed and cut into thirds)-2 cups
  • Butter- 2 tablespoons
  • Chicken broth- 1 cup
  • Cooking cream- 1 1/2 cup
  • Basil pesto-1/2 cup
  • Fresh grated Parmesan cheese- 1 cup
  • Salt and pepper- to taste
  • Penne rigate pasta- 14 oz


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions in a pot of salted boiling water. Drain and rinse. Keep aside for later.
  • While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper.  When oil is hot, arrange the chicken in a single layer and fry until cooked through, about 6 minutes ( 3 minutes per side). You may need to cook chicken in batches if your skillet is small. Return the cooked chicken into the skillet.
  • Add the green beans, garlic and butter, cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute over medium heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low medium, pour in chicken broth and cooking cream;  bring to a gentle simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in the parmesan cheese and pesto and cook until the cheese has melted through. Taste test and adjust the seasoning (if needed).
  • Add the cooked pasta and mix. 
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Category: Pasta recipes
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 512kcal
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 467mg
  • Fat: 35g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 155mg