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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.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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