Chicken Pesto Penne Recipe
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Chicken Pesto Penne Recipe

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“Served with a side dish of vegetables, this makes a filling meal for two,” writes Bill Hilbrich of Saint Cloud, Minnesota. “Sometimes I use cooked shrimp instead of chicken.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1 cup cubed cooked chicken

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup: 392 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 282mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein .


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese, sour cream and pesto. Drain pasta. Add pasta and chicken to Parmesan mixture; toss to coat. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Pesto Chicken Penne in Cooking for 2 Fall 2006, p41

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Hannah0418 110826
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"I added veggies & used cream instead of sour cream. Quick tasty meal"

mrnmrsmills 81482
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"This recipe was ok, but I like this recipe better from Campbell's, give it a try...

Creamy Pesto chicken & Bow Ties
2 tablespoons butter
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound), cut into cubes
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's Condensed Cream of chicken Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1/2 cup pesto sauce
1/2 cup milk
3 cups bow tie pasta, cooked and drained
~Heat the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until well browned, stirring often.
~Stir the soup, pesto sauce and milk in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the pasta and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling."

bettyaking 142729
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"This is one of my favorite "go to" recipes. I add a sprinkle of garlic powder and sometimes when I cook the chicken I add some onion. It is quick, inexpensive and good. I make my own pesto in the summer and freeze it in ice cube trays. Each cube is about 1 tablespoon. Freeze and pop out, put in good freezer bag and take out as needed. It comes out great."

donovansquared 159335
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"Loved it! I had been wondering how to turn prepared pesto into more of a cream sauce and this was great. I doubled the recipe for my family of four, but next time I would try tripling the sauce for there to be a little extra to go around. I use the prepared pesto from Costco because I find it the best tasting and I also added some pine nuts on top and it was great!"

keverwann 81481
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2008

"This was very bland and definetely needs some veggies."

weeblewoman 159333
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"This is a fantastic, quick meal. Stouffer's makes this in a frozen dinner but this is even better."

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