Get the Latest Recipes in your inbox:

Chicken Pesto Pasta (VIDEO)

Chicken Pesto Pasta is a quick, easy and creamy pasta loaded with juicy chicken and tender asparagus!

We love creamy Alfredo pastas like our Chicken Alfredo or Creamy Shrimp Pasta. Pesto pasta takes a cream sauce to the next level!

Pesto pasta with chicken and asparagus in pan with mixing spoon

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.

Chicken Pesto Pasta!

This Chicken Asparagus Pesto Pasta was shared by one of our readers, Katie N., and it was love at first bite – an instant hit! You won’t believe how easy it is with a very short list of ingredients. All you need is heavy whipping cream and basil pesto for the sauce. The chicken, asparagus and sauce are all cooked in one skillet and it doesn’t get any easier. Thank you Katie for generously sharing your amazing recipe with all of us!

Chicken Pesto Pasta ingredients with basil pesto, asparagus, heavy whipping cream, fettuccine noodles and chicken breast

What is Pesto Sauce?

Pesto is a creamy blended bright green sauce originally from Italy. The ingredients in a good pesto are typically: basil, nuts (often pine nuts), parmesan, garlic and olive oil. Click here for a homemade pesto recipe. Adding pesto to the cream sauce adds amazing flavor.

If you’re looking for a good store-bought pesto, our favorite is the Kirkland signature pesto (Amazon affiliate link) from Costco. Whether you make or buy pesto, you can use the rest to make chicken pesto roll-ups, or freeze portions to make pesto pasta another day.

What kind of pasta is best for creamy pasta?

You can use your favorite pasta which is what we love about this recipe. We use what we have on hand but these are pasta varieties that work well with cream sauce pastas:

  • Fettuccini noodles
  • Linguine pasta
  • Spaghetti
  • Penne pasta
  • Pappardelle
  • Rigatoni

Use Fettuccini noodles in creamy sauce

What Other Vegetables Can I use in Pesto Pasta?

You can omit the asparagus altogether and the recipe will still work well, or try substituting with these healthy vegetables to make it a meal:

  • Broccoli Florets
  • Snap Peas
  • Blanched green beans
  • Frozen peas (or add cooked peas at the end)
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes (added at the end)

Asparagus vegetables in chicken pesto pasta

Can Creamy Pasta be Reheated?

The general rule of thumb for reheating a creamy sauce is LOW and SLOW. Warm the pasta on low heat, stirring often or in short intervals in the microwave. If you overheat, the cream can separate and seem oily. To make the sauce creamier, add a splash of water, milk, half and half or cream before heating.

More 30 Minute Meals to Try:

Watch Natasha Make Pesto Pasta:

If you enjoy our videos, please subscribe to our Youtube Channel and click the bell icon so you’ll be the first to know when we post a new video. THANK YOU for subscribing! We love spending time with you on our Youtube Channel.

Chicken Pesto Pasta

5 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
chicken pesto pasta in creamy sauce
Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta is an easy 30-minute dinner loaded with juicy chicken and tender asparagus!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$12
Keyword: chicken pesto pasta, pesto pasta
Calories: 535 kcal
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breasts trimmed
  • 1 tsp salt (divided)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb asparagus ends trimmed and cut into 2" pieces
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 Tbsp pesto
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz fettuccini pasta (or linguine)

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in a pot of salted boiling water according to package instructions to your desired doneness. While pasta is cooking, proceed with the recipe then add drained cooked pasta to the sauce in step 5.

  2. Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise and season all sides with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Heat a large, deep skillet over medium heat with 2 Tbsp olive oil. When oil is hot, add chicken in a single layer and saute until fully cooked through (3 min per side). Remove from pan and rest 5 minutes, then slice into bite-sized strips.

  3. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil to the same pan with asparagus pieces. Sautee stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes or until crisp tender.

  4. Add 2 cups heavy whipping cream, bring to a simmer and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 4 Tbsp pesto then add chicken breasts and cook 2 minutes. Season sauce with 1/2 tsp salt or to taste.

  5. Add cooked pasta, stirring to coat noodles in sauce. Remove form heat and serve right away. 

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Pesto Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 535 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 459mg 19%
Potassium 472mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 30%
Vitamin C 5.1%
Calcium 8.2%
Iron 12.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

natashaskitchen

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

Read more posts by Natasha

Get the Latest Recipes in your inbox:

Read comments/reviewsAdd comment/review

  • Carol
    May 13, 2019

    Hi Natasha, just wondering if I could substitute cashew cream for the whipping cream? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 13, 2019

      Hi Carol, I have not tested this with Cashew cream so I cannot advise. If you experiment, please let me know how you like that. Reply

  • Katya
    May 12, 2019

    I’m SURE this will taste fantastic with a Sun dried tomato pesto (I’m not a fan of the green stuff). Can’t WAIT to try it. Thanks Natasha !!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 13, 2019

      I hope you love it Katya! Reply

  • Haya
    May 7, 2019

    Hi Natasha

    So I wanted to half this recipe because I am cooking for less people thus I needed less pasta is it possible to do so ??

    By the way your recipes are amazing and I love them all keep up the good work Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 7, 2019

      I’m so happy you are enjoying our recipes! Yes, you should be able to halve this recipe just fine! Reply

  • Cornita C. Spears
    May 3, 2019

    I love your recipes. I have found them to be kind to my pocketbook and great on taste. I try to keep chicken breasts, salmon and shrimp in the freezer…all I have to do is buy the other ingredients, and they aren’t that expensive at least for the recipes I’ve tried thus far. Question…for those of us who are lactose intolerant what alternative do you suggest for heavy whipping cream? Reply

    • Natasha
      May 3, 2019

      Hi Cornita, I’m so happy to hear that you love our recipes. I honestly haven’t tried this recipe dairy free so I’m not sure if something like canned coconut milk would work. I came across some recipes online that do use canned coconut milk like this one which might help give you inspiration.
      P.S. If anyone has tried this dairy free and can offer advice, please let us know!  Reply

  • Karolína
    April 14, 2019

    So AMAZING!!! I added brocolli instead of asparagus and it was delicious. Actually that it is one of my favourite meals right now. Thank you for saving my students live <3!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 14, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us Karolina! Reply

  • Deb B
    March 24, 2019

    OOPS, forgot to rate it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 24, 2019

      Thank you for rating Deb!! Reply

  • Deb B
    March 24, 2019

    Made this for dinner last night and it was FABULOUS. It went together quickly and the flavor was creamy and just plain yummy. Recipe in rotation forever. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 24, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Vincent
    March 16, 2019

    I’m afraid I cannot eat nuts of any kind now. Will the pesto suffer much without the nuts? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2019

      Hi Vincent! I have not tried making one with the pine nuts but that should work out! Simple omit the pine nuts and add more of the other ingredients. Reply

  • Ana
    March 15, 2019

    I used more asparagus then pasta. The entire family loved it and I loved the simplicity of it! I doubled the recipe up too because left overs are super good.
    Natasha you are a life saver! You are my to go girl for dinner ideas. I have done so many of your recipes. They are easy and tasty. Please keep them coming. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2019

      Awww that’s the best, Ana! Thank you so much for sharing that with me :). I’m all smiles! Reply

  • Gail Helmick
    March 7, 2019

    This recipe is very easy and it tastes amazing, the only thing I changed was the pasta I used penne, I highly recommend you try it or any other recipe on Natasha’s site I have made a lot of them Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 7, 2019

      You are so nice! Thank you for sharing this awesome review with us, Gail! Reply

  • Katrina
    March 6, 2019

    This looks delicious! If I’m increasing the recipe by 1.5 times, do you think it would be ok to literally 1.5 times everything? Reply

    • Natasha
      March 6, 2019

      Hi Katrina, I would increase everything proportionally in the recipe. I hope you love it! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 6, 2019

      Hi Katrina! yes, that should work! I hope you love this recipe! Reply

  • Katherine Rice
    February 22, 2019

    This recipe is fantastic! I wonder if anyone has tried freezing the leftovers? If so, what was the outcome? Thank you for any recommendations. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 22, 2019

      Hi Katherine, I haven’t tested that so I can not advise. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe Reply

  • Cristina Sanchez
    February 22, 2019

    I made this pasta, everyone in my family loved it!!, so tasty, soooo goood!!!! The only thing is the sauce, I don’t know why it wasn’t creamy like you say, maybe I need that magic you have!!!, can you tell me why my sauce wasn’t creamy?
    Thanks again for another yummy recipe, I already made so many!!, is like you are in my kitchen almost every day!! Blessings!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      February 22, 2019

      Hi Cristina, I’m so glad your family loved it!! Did you change anything in the recipe? If you use heavy whipping cream, the sauce should be rich and creamy – subbing with a lighter cream would give you a less creamy consistency. Also, adding more pasta can make the sauce seem less creamy since there are more noodles to coat. I hope that helps and thank you for the wonderful review! 🙂 Reply

      • Cristina Sanchez
        February 22, 2019

        I added more noodles, next time I will do it with no changes, and how many grams is 12 oz of noodles?, as your recipe says.
        Thanks for the reply!!! Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          February 22, 2019

          Hi Cristina, we have that posted in the recipe for you 🙂 It is 340.2 g of fettuccini pasta (or linguine) Reply

  • Pablo
    February 21, 2019

    This is an amazing recipe, i love it, thanks Nataha, you´re #1 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 21, 2019

      You’re so nice! Thank you, Pablo! Reply

  • Chris Brennan
    February 20, 2019

    I just made this tonight for the family and it was a huge hit. Full of flavor. Thank you so much for sharing this. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 20, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Liliya Dudenkov
    February 19, 2019

    This was a HIT! So quick to make and so delicious! Per my 5 year old “mom this was the most delicious mea EVER!” I added small bella mushrooms. Definitely will repeat this dish! Reply

    • Natasha
      February 19, 2019

      Oh that makes my day!! Thank you for sharing your amazing review! I love your idea to add mushrooms! Reply

  • Patricia A Cahill
    February 19, 2019

    Hi, I’m one of your millions of fans and want you to know you come across so adorably. Thank you for these recipes and your hard word. It’s appreciated. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 19, 2019

      You are so nice, Patricia! Thank you for that amazing feedback and thoughtful comment! I’m so happy you are enjoying our blog. Reply

  • terryl lalonde
    February 18, 2019

    Natashas. I look forward to any and all your recipes, can i request some low carb recipes as I am trying toloose weight. I have given up bread, potatoes, diet coke, thank you Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2019

      Hi Terry, many of our readers have altered our recipes to be diet and Keto friendly limiting carb count. Recipes like this one here are very popular for low carb options. Salads like this one here are perfect for a diet. Reply

  • Diana
    February 17, 2019

    Looks really good it’s on my to make list!!! If it’s not a secret what brand is your pan? Reply

    • Natasha
      February 17, 2019

      Hi Diana, we don’t believe in kitchen secrets and share all good things with our readers :). The brand of this pan is Staub and it really is so versatile and one of those things that last a lifetime. Reply

  • Kristyn
    February 15, 2019

    This is one of my favorites!! I love asparagus, chicken, & pasta together & pesto is so delicious!! Always a hit! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 15, 2019

      Hi Kristyn, Isn’t that the perfect combination?! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Pam Dana
    February 15, 2019

    This was seriously so good! Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 15, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Reply

  • February 15, 2019

    I can’t wait to try this pasta. Looks amazing! Reply

    • Natasha
      February 15, 2019

      Thank you Amy! I hope it becomes a new favorite for you 🙂 Reply

  • Jessica
    February 15, 2019

    Yum this was so good! Thank you so much! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 15, 2019

      Hi Jesica, You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Erin
    February 15, 2019

    I am a huge pesto fan and this pasta is amazing! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 15, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Ann
    February 15, 2019

    Good job. So I can share recipe with you and you will post it as well? well I have so much recipes but I think no blogging for me 🙁 Reply

    • Natasha
      February 15, 2019

      Hi Ann, I would love to try your recipes. Some of our favorite recipes have been ones that readers, friends and family have shared. Feel free to email me: natasha @ natashaskitchen.com (no spaces) and thanks so much for thinking of me! 🙂 Reply

Add comment/review

Leave a comment

As Featured On

Get the Latest Recipes in your inbox:

Never Go "Hangry" Again!

Get weekly updates on new recipes, exclusive giveaways plus behind the scenes photos.