Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe: 15-Minute Basil Pesto Pasta & Chicken Recipe Is a Dream Dinner by Donna John

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Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe: 15-Minute Basil Pesto Pasta & Chicken Recipe Is a Dream Dinner

Basil pesto can be found in my freezer year round. After staring at a couple chicken breasts one night wondering what to do with them, this creamy pesto and chicken recipe was born. 

If you use frozen pesto, you don't even need to thaw it out – it melts quickly in the hot skillet. Jarred would work if you don't have any fresh pesto on hand. 

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 2 - 3 boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • olive oil
  • 1 recipe basil pesto or jarred pesto
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup heavy cream 
  • 1 box (12 - 16 ounces) spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Here's how to make it:

  1. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken in the hot oil until browned and almost cooked through, about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add the pesto and cream. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Stir in the cooked pasta and a big handful of Parmesan cheese. Toss to combine. 

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My mouth is watering 😋
Julie Rose
What a delicious recipe, can’t wait to try it!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Love this idea, Donna John . So easy and so delish! #yum

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