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Pesto Chicken & Asparagus

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.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
Nutrition 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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  • Linda
    Mar 21, 2018

    YUMMY!!!! I served over wild rice with it instead of couscous. Will DEFINITELY make this again!!

  • PrplMonky5
    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
    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
    Feb 19, 2014

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

  • bwade79
    Feb 10, 2013

    Quick, easy and delicious! Will definitely make this again.

  • monimoto
    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
    Mar 29, 2012

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

  • MicheleGreen2012
    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.