Easy Pesto Chicken with Pasta

Quick Pesto Chicken with Pasta

If you are looking for a fast meal on a busy weeknight, this Quick Pesto Chicken with Pasta is it! Bite sized pieces of chicken are perfectly cooked and seasoned by the time your pasta is ready so everything can be on the table in about 20 minutes. That’s faster than take out!


Easy Pesto Chicken with Pasta


I have always loved pesto.  The simplicity of basil, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts with garlic and olive oil is just delicious.  It reminds me of summer.  Actually, last summer was when my kids became huge pesto fans!  We were on vacation in upstate New York when we stopped for lunch and ordered pesto fries.  If you have never had pesto on fries, you are definitely missing out!  Anyway, now, the whole family is happy to eat almost anything that is served with pesto. Even plain old chicken breast is made so much more flavorful with this simple sauce.


Easy Pesto Chicken with Pasta


Of course, nothing compares with fresh pesto.  I will be growing a bunch of basil in my garden this year just so I can make some. There is just something really cool about stepping out into your own yard to pick something fresh for dinner.  But, here in New Hampshire, it is way too early in the season for garden fresh herbs so a jar will do. We have tried a few different kind of jarred pesto from the grocery store.  Some are way too heavy on the garlic, some are mostly olive oil, some are too chunky for our tastes.  Our family’s favorite is DeLallo Simply Pesto. The flavor is the closest thing to homemade I have been able to find and it tastes fabulous on almost anything.

Quick Pesto Chicken with Pasta
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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Quick Pesto Chicken with Pasta

This Quick Pesto Chicken with Pasta is a super fast meal for any busy weeknight. Dinner can be on the table in 20 minutes.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 (6 oz) jar pesto sauce (or equivalent of fresh pesto)
  • 8 ounces pasta


  • Cook pasta according to package directions
  • While pasta cooks, heat oil in a medium skillet
  • Cook chicken, turning occasionally until fully cooked (about 5 - 10 minutes)
  • When chicken and pasta are cooked, toss with pesto sauce


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