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Pesto Chicken & Asparagus Recipe

Pesto Chicken & Asparagus Recipe

With only five ingredients I can put a beautiful meal on the table for family or guests in very little time. I use store-bought pesto, which makes preparation quick and easy. This is a one-skillet dish, and it's also the only way I can get my 3-year-old son to eat asparagus. —Brooke Icenhour, Easley, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked couscous


  • 1. In a large skillet, saute chicken in oil until no longer pink. Remove and set aside. In the same skillet, saute asparagus until crisp-tender. Stir in the cream, pesto and pepper until blended. Return chicken to the pan; heat through. Serve with couscous. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without couscous): 525 calories, 42g fat (19g saturated fat), 154mg cholesterol, 321mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 31g protein.

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 261831
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2017

"This was SO DELICIOUS. I used garlic & olive oil couscous, so that may have added in some extra flavor. The first bite, I thought it was just ok. But the more I ate it the more delicious I thought it was. We served the chicken/asparagus over top the couscous. My husband and I were ready to fight for the leftovers haha. I honestly can't wait to make this again."

barretsmommy User ID: 805374 226092
Reviewed May. 9, 2015

"I'm glad you all like my dish as much as I do. Simple, easy, and delicious. You can also alter it for your taste."

SanityBreak202 User ID: 2886293 192739
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"This was OK. Kids didn't like it at all."

bwade79 User ID: 6235493 135826
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"quick, easy and delicious! Will definitely make this again."

monimoto User ID: 6625184 192715
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"So easy! Not one bite for leftovers - everyone ate it all. Maybe a little too much cream, I'd cut back on that next time. Served with mixed grains, this is going to be a regular in my home."

jgarcia528 User ID: 6618879 150932
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2012 Edited Feb. 27, 2017

"This is delicious! And so quick and easy! Make sure you add a little salt though. Perfect for a weeknight."

MicheleGreen2012 User ID: 6615725 135822
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"This dish was AWESOME!!! I told my husband who loved it too that this would become our "Impress our Guests" dish the next time we have company."

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