Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe
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Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe

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This is one of my favorite recipes because it's so quick and easy, but it looks and tastes like I spent all day cooking it. And it has all of my favorite things in it!—Barbara Christensen of Arvada, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta
  • 1 cup cut fresh asparagus (1-inch pieces)
  • 1-1/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and quartered
  • 2 jars (3-1/2 ounces each) prepared pesto
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup pine nuts, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 620 calories, 31g fat (8g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 893mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 32g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding asparagus during the last 3 minutes of cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute mushrooms and red pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Reduce heat; stir in the chicken, artichokes, pesto, tomatoes, salt and pepper flakes. Cook 2-3 minutes longer or until heated through.
  3. Drain pasta; toss with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and pine nuts. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Pesto Pasta in Simple & Delicious May/June 2008, p61

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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[email protected] User ID: 1202636 234964
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2015

"This is sooo yummy! I used my home-made garlic pesto in place of the jar of store bought and I substituted broccoli for asparagus. I loved it. Very filling."

nonazmom User ID: 2928587 221372
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"Made this for my family and they loved it. will definitely make this again"

BethanyJoy User ID: 3890029 143402
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2009

"My husband doesn't like sun-dried tomatoes, so we substitute it with a can of diced tomatoes. Cost less and gives a very similar taste! This meal is so delicious and easy. One of our favorites!"

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