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Pesto Chicken Pasta Recipe
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Pesto Chicken Pasta Recipe

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"Because my job shift ends at 7 p.m., I need to get dinner on the table fast," explains Linda Sweet, Newark, Delaware. "I double this dish for my family. It's great hot or cold. Try it with cooked shrimp instead of chicken," she adds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked ziti or uncooked small tube pasta
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 envelope pesto sauce mix
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup cubed cooked chicken
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; add peas and carrots during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk the pesto mix, cornstarch and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the chicken, salt and pepper.
  2. Drain pasta mixture; place in a large serving bowl. Add the chicken mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with walnuts. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pesto Chicken Pesto in Quick Cooking July/August 2004, p43

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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