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Chicken Pasta in Creamy Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

by Christina Cherrier – Updated Apr 15, 2021
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Chicken Pasta in Creamy Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
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Chicken Pasta in Creamy Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce — This creamy pesto chicken pasta recipe is a quick weeknight dinner packed with flavor and ready in 20 minutes. Grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, sautéed peppers, garlic, onion, and pesto cream sauce create a restaurant-style meal everyone will love. This pesto chicken pasta is the bomb – Enjoy!

Chicken Pasta in Creamy Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce — A restaurant-style meal, packed with flavor and ready in 30 minutes.Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Ingredients list for the Chicken Pasta in Creamy Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Chicken Pasta in Creamy Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce — A restaurant-style meal, packed with flavor and ready in 30 minutes.Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Chicken Pasta in Creamy Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce — A restaurant-style meal, packed with flavor and ready in 30 minutes.Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Chicken Pasta in Creamy Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce — A restaurant-style meal, packed with flavor and ready in 30 minutes.Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Chicken Pasta in Creamy Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce — A restaurant-style meal, packed with flavor and ready in 30 minutes.Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Directions

1. To make the creamy pesto chicken pasta: Cook pasta al dente, according to package direction.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the drained tomato oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add chicken to the skillet and stir-fry for 5 minutes with Italian seasoning and crushed chili pepper, until cooked. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

3. In the meantime, prepare the sauce by combining basil pesto, cream, and chicken stock in a mixing cup or bowl; whisk until thoroughly combined and set aside.

4. Return the skillet to heat and stir in onion, garlic, and sun-dried tomato. If the skillet is dry, add a little more oil from the sun-dried tomatoes jar. Cook over medium-high heat for about 1 minute, or until just fragrant. Add bell peppers and continue cooking until slightly cooked but still crisp.

5. Add the prepared pesto sauce to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Transfer chicken strips back in the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes,  until heated through.

6. Stir in cooked pasta and reheat for 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish the creamy pesto chicken pasta with parmesan cheese, freshly cracked black pepper, and chopped basil. Serve immediately, enjoy ♥︎!

Chicken Pasta in Creamy Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce — A restaurant-style meal, packed with flavor and ready in 30 minutes.Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Tips for the creamy pesto chicken pasta recipe

  • Make sure to bring chicken breasts at room temperature before cooking so they don’t steam in the pan instead of browning nicely. 15 minutes on the counter while you prepare the other ingredients should be enough.
  • We like to add a drizzle of hot sauce like Sriracha for a kick of spice!

What other pasta shape can we use?

This creamy chicken pasta recipe is all about the sauce! So use a pasta shape that is chunky and holds the sauce well, like penne, fusilli, or bowties.

How and how long to keep the creamy pesto chicken leftovers?

You can keep the creamy pesto chicken pasta leftovers for up to 3 days in an airtight container. After that, pasta might get mushy. Reheat with a few drops of water to loosen the cream sauce.

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Chicken Pasta in Creamy Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce — A restaurant-style meal, packed with flavor and ready in 30 minutes.Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

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  • Cordial Class

    2020-11-22 21:59:23

    Absolutely delicious!! Followed the recipe although i added additional chicken and didn’t have heavy cream so I did a butler/almond milk substitute!! The entire dish was eaten. Family loved it!! Will make again soon!! Thank you for sharing!!

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