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Pesto Pasta with Chicken


30 min

Pesto Pasta with Chicken

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30 min


8 persons




4.00 rating-star (1)


Author: Victoria Bailey
This chicken pesto pasta is easy and delicious. Serve with crusty bread and salad for a quick dinner. Use as much or as little pesto sauce as you like. Using homemade pesto will taste even better, but it adds to prep time. Enjoy!


  • (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta: 1 pack
  • olive oil: 1 tsp
  • garlic, minced: 2 clove
  • skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces: 2 piece
  • crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste: 1 pinch
  • pesto sauce: 0.5 cup
  • oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and cut into strips: 0.33333 cup

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Stages of cooking

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes; drain.
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  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. SautГ© garlic until tender, then stir in chicken and season with red pepper flakes. Cook until chicken is golden and cooked through.
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  3. Combine pasta, chicken, pesto, and sun-dried tomatoes in a large bowl; toss to coat evenly.
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History of the Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Pesto pasta with chicken is a delicious fusion of Italian and American cuisine. Pesto sauce originated in Genoa, Italy, in the 16th century. The sauce is made with fresh ingredients such as basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese, and olive oil. The dish gained popularity in America in the 1980s and has been a favorite pasta dish ever since.

Tips and Tricks for Pesto Pasta with Chicken Recipe

To make this dish even more delicious, consider the following tips and tricks:

  • Use homemade pesto sauce: store-bought pesto is convenient, but homemade pesto will taste even better.
  • Cook the chicken properly: you want the chicken to be golden and cooked through without overcooking it.
  • Adjust the amount of pesto sauce according to your taste: some people like their pasta with a lot of sauce while others prefer it with less sauce.
  • Use sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil: they add a lot of flavor to the dish.

Tips for presenting the dish

Pesto pasta with chicken is a colorful and flavorful dish that looks impressive when presented well. Here are some tips for presenting the dish:

  • Make sure the pasta is evenly coated with pesto sauce.
  • Arrange the chicken and sun-dried tomatoes on top of the pasta for a beautiful presentation.
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves or parmesan cheese.
  • Serve with a side of crusty bread and a salad for a complete meal.

Leave your guests impressed with this easy and delicious pesto pasta with chicken recipe. Enjoy!

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