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Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe

Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe

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. YIELD: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
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained
  • 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


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding asparagus during the last 3 minutes of cooking.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the mushrooms, red pepper and garlic in oil until tender. 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.

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.

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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."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

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

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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