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Pesto Chicken Pasta

by Christina Cherrier – May 7, 2017  |  4 servings  –  Prep: 10 Min  –  Cook: 20 Min
Pesto Chicken Pasta
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Pesto Chicken Pasta – You’ll be delighted by this pesto chicken pasta recipe, packed full of Mediterranean flavors. Pesto coated chicken is seared in the pan then tossed with basil and fresh tomatoes in al dente pasta. A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese adds a sharp finish to this fresh and easy chicken dinner, ready in 30 minutes.

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Ingredients list for the Pesto Chicken Caprese Pasta

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 pound cooked pasta + 2 cups reserved pasta water
  • Chopped fresh basil, for topping
  • Grated parmesan, for topping

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Directions  

1. To make the pesto chicken pasta: Coat chicken breasts with basil pesto and kosher salt and pepper, to taste. Heat a large skillet on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and grill chicken until fully cooked, about 5-10 minutes depending on thickness. Slice and set aside.

2. To the same skillet add minced garlic, a tablespoon pesto (optional) and crushed pepper flakes. Simmer just for a few minutes just to combine flavors. Moisten with reserved pasta water and add Parmesan. When cheese is melted, add in the cooked pasta and toss well. You can also drizzle on a bit of olive oil or add more pesto if you want.

3. Add in sliced chicken with diced tomatoes and allow to reheat for a couple of minutes. Top the chicken pesto pasta with fresh basil, grated parmesan, black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil if desired.

Tips for the chicken pasta recipe

  • If your family doesn’t lick the pan clean by the time dinner is over, this chicken pasta recipe reheats very well for lunch the next day!
  • To speed things up, you can cook the chicken breasts and serve them over capellini pasta instead of tagliatelle as we used on the photos.
  • Make this pesto chicken pasta gluten-free. You can use gluten-free brown-rice pasta instead of regular pasta. Gluten-free quinoa pasta or lentil pasta will fit also fit nicely for this chicken pasta recipe.

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