Quick and Easy Chicken Pesto Recipe

Chef Randy , On October 7, 2022


Level: Easy

Time: 40min

Cost: Low

Easy Chicken Pesto Recipe Overview

This chicken recipe comes together quickly, so have your equipment and ingredients all ready to go. Create a restaurant-style chicken pesto meal at home with this flavor-packed, creamy pesto chicken dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes!

Kitchen Tools For This Classic pesto Recipe:

  • Pot to cook pasta

  • Skillet

  • Measuring cups

  • Measuring spoons

  • Meat tenderizer hammer or other tool to pound the chicken flat

Tools For This pesto Recipe.

Chicken Pesto Recipe Cooking Tools

Classic Chicken Pesto Recipe Ingredients:

    For the chicken

  • 2 lbs cooked pasta

  • 1 pound boneless , skinless chicken breasts

  • Salt – to taste

  • Black pepper – to taste

  • ½ cup pesto

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

  • For the sauce

  • 3/4 cup half-n-half or heavy cream

How to Make pesto Pasta Recipe.

Chicken Pesto Recipe Ingredients

How To Cook Chicken Pesto Recipe

  1. Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. The water can be really salty, somewhere between sea water and brine. Really. Put the pasta in and stir occasionally. After about 10 minutes, taste test the pasta. The pasta should have cooked to be “al dente” – or slightly firm but not mushy. Drain the pasta and hold ready for use in the skillet. See step 7 below.

  2. Pound the chicken breasts with the meat tenderizer hammer so that they are even in thickness (about ½”). When the chicken breast is nice and flat you know it will cook even.

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    Spread pesto on chicken after it’s pounded flat.

  3. Heat a skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Melt and start to brown the butter.
    Then, add the chicken. Rub pesto sauce on both sides of the chicken to coat, season with salt & pepper and place chicken in the hot skillet.

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    Rub Pesto Evenly

  4. Cook the chicken on both sides until they start to brown.

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    Flip the chicken over so both sides are brown.

  6. Add the cherry tomatoes when the chicken is almost done.

  7. In the same skillet over medium heat, add the rest of the pesto sauce and the cream. Cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes are soft and the pesto starts to thicken a bit.

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    Cook for a few minutes.

  8. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and toss until combined and hot.

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    Toss the cooked pasta with the pesto sauce and mix.

  9. Serve: Plate the chicken and pasta together and enjoy!

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    Serve and enjoy this pesto chicken recipe with linguine.

Common Questions About This Classic Chicken Pesto Recipe With Linguine

What is pesto? The traditional Italian pesto sauce recipe is made with basil, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese. It originates from the Liguria region of Italy and is frequently used on trofie, gnocchi, and other types of pasta.

Do I have to use linguine pasta for this chicken pesto recipe? You are welcome to use a different type of pasta for making this pesto chicken recipe including: bowtie pasta, spaghetti pasta, elbow pasta, penne pasta…. Usually, you would use a pasta con buco or pasta with hole (like penne pasta or macaroni pasta) to prepare pasta with sauce when preparing pasta with no protein. This is because the pasta goes inside the penne pasta hole and gives you more flavor. In other words, the sauce binds better when the pasta is grooved and has holes.

How do I store this chicken pesto recipe with linguine? Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Simply reheat over low heat on the stovetop, whisking constantly. You can freeze pesto in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Chef Randy

After graduating from LeCordon Bleu at the top of his class Chef Randy dove head-first into a culinary career working in many top-tier restaurants including the Golden 1 Center Arena as a lead cook. He later owned and operated a mobile woodfired pizza concept where he championed whole and natural ingredients. Chef Randy is passionate about healthy food and developing relationships with local providers for true farm-to-fork food production.