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Delish Pesto Pasta with Chicken Marsala Recipe

Delish Pesto Pasta with Chicken Marsala Recipe

This is my easy, go-to chicken and pasta recipe that’s ready in less than 30 minutes and fabulous on a weeknight. —Lorraine Fina Stevenski, Land O Lakes, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 4 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup marsala wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 envelope creamy pesto sauce mix
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. In a Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add half of the chicken; cook and stir until no longer pink; remove from the pan. Repeat with remaining oil and chicken; remove from the pan.
  • 2. Add garlic and lemon peel to the same pan; cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add wine and lemon juice, stirring to loosen browned bits from the pan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in the cheese, milk and sauce mix. Add chicken; cook until sauce is slightly thickened.
  • 3. Drain pasta; add to chicken mixture and toss to combine.
  • 4. Sprinkle with herbs. Yield: 6 servings.

Reviews for Delish Pesto Pasta with Chicken Marsala

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climbergirl User ID: 6556579 120565
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2014

"This has become one of my favorite dishes! The sauce has an amazing flavor. Lately, I've been making the sauce and pouring it over quinoa, which is also excellent."

nancyphudson User ID: 279258 194449
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"I've made this a number of times. It is a quick easy meal to get on the table after work and one that my family enjoys. I buy the Knorr's packet when they go on sale and all the other ingredients I usually have on hand so it's always easy to put together in a pinch. I do not include the fresh basil."

rockstaralice User ID: 4204585 197262
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"My husband and sons loved this dinner. I used muscato wine instead from belle bolle. For some reason it will not let me click anything other than three stars but I would give it 5 :)"

rockstaralice User ID: 4204585 213154
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2012

"slightly chalky due to the packaged pesto. Gonna try again with real pesto :D All in all my sons really liked it."

duxselden User ID: 6842024 196965
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2012

"I forgot to say that instead of the last 4 ingredients, I used Bertoni pesto, ready-made and just a bit of milk and a bunch of Parmesan to add some extra punch."

duxselden User ID: 6842024 137846
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2012

"All 6 of us loved this, even our pickiest boy!"

howeavenue User ID: 6211932 187993
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"I'm not sure what went wrong but this just turned out so-so. Everyone ate it but no one said to make it again! Maybe it was the packet of pesto that I used. It was Knorr. The texture of the sauce wasn't appealing and the flavor just wasn't good. I love pesto and was so excited to try it but this was disappointing."

workinmomTX User ID: 742853 137845
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"I liked it but it was a little on the bland side. I used freshly grated parmesan, maybe needed a little more salt. I will try it again. One of my sons liked it the other didn't."

amidi User ID: 6104444 181720
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"Excellent! I made it as directed with one small exception--I left out the lemon peel. My picky family wants me to make it again, and I definitely plan to."

tlzellmer User ID: 6785183 181718
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2012

"My husband and I both loved it! I did however have to buy a few ingredients that I do not normally have on hand but it was well worth it and I cant to make it again. I served it with roasted asparagus. Even my picky 14 month old son loved it!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.