5 from 15 votes
Chicken Pesto Pasta
Pesto Chicken Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins

Chicken Pesto Pasta features juicy chicken and a creamy Pesto Sauce and cooks quickly in one pan! Toss in pasta, grape tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Chicken Pesto Pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 656 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
  • 8 ounces (about half a package) penne pasta
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons (separated)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, separated
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook the pasta in salted water according to package directions, strain, and set aside until ready to use.

  2. Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel and slice into 1" strips, cutting against the grain. Then, cut into 1" pieces and transfer to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons of oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and a 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Stir until evenly coated with seasoning and set aside.

  3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and allow to come to temperature. Add the chicken to the sauté pan and cook for 2 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for 3 minutes more, or until the chicken pieces are cooked through.

  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add basil pesto, cream, 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt and stir 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add the pasta, grape tomatoes, and Parmesan to the pan and stir once more. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Pesto Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 656 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 1265mg55%
Potassium 657mg19%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 1455IU29%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 165mg17%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.