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Chicken Pesto Pasta

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 sauce
  • 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.