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Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta + (Optional Tomatoes)

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Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta it’s so delicious and easy to make (the tomatoes are optional)! Do you like cooking easy dinners? I love dinners that come together quickly, are easy, and are flavorful. Cooking dinner for the family doesn’t have to be complicated. Let’s get cooking and make this pesto pasta recipe.

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Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta

Creamy Pesto Sauce, Chicken, Pasta Noodles, optional tomatoes and garnishes. Ready in 30-minutes. Pasta for dinner recipe at DearCreatives.com

For this pesto pasta recipe you will cook the chicken quickly by using cut up chicken that is cubed and mixed in the creamy pesto sauce. Then you cook pasta noodles according to the package, al dente (either in the same pan or in a separate pot – see the instructions). Toss them with a creamy pesto sauce that comes in a jar (that tastes homemade) garnish and serve the pasta with pesto and chicken. You will be serving dinner in under 30-minutes!

Creamy Pasta With Chicken Recipe

Quick dinner idea with pasta, creamy pesto sauce and chicken. Print the recipe and make it tonight and have pasta for dinner! (ingredients) - grab the recipe at DearCreatives.com
Ingredients – Barilla pasta noodles, Creamy Genovese Pesto Sauce and Cut up chicken…

For this dinner idea, I tried and used Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto. I think you will love this time-saving hack that still gives you all the Italian flavors you crave.

Recipe Ingredients

BARILLA Creamy Genovese Pesto Sauce, 6.2 oz. Jar - Imported
How to make pesto pasta with chicken - Step-by-Step images, instructions print the recipe at DearCreatives.com
Step-by-step Images of how-to make creamy chicken pesto pasta

Recipe Instructions

  1. Cut up the chicken into bite-sized cubes. Or buy packaged cubed chicken (skinless boneless chicken).
  2. Coat the cubed chicken with 2-3 tsp. of creamy pesto sauce and marinate the chicken for 10 minutes.
  3. Cook the chicken in a skillet. Preheat it with 1 tbsp. of butter and a little olive oil. Add the chicken, occasionally stirring until fully cooked. (internal temp. of 165 degrees).
  4. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Cook the pasta al dente according to the pasta box directions. Drain the noodles when done. Or make this dish a one-pot meal like I did by adding 1 can of chicken broth plus 1/2 cup of water to the large skillet/pan and add the pasta to it to cook altogether).
  5. Before all the liquid has evaporated add 1 cup of halved cherry tomatoes.
  6. When the cooking is done add the chicken and pasta into a large bowl.
  7. Mix with an additional 3 tsp. of creamy pesto sauce and garnish with chopped basil and shredded Parmesan cheese.
  8. Garnish, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

Do not touch the raw chicken and dip the spoon back in the jar! Use a clean spoon for measuring and one for spreading and mixing the pesto sauce!

See the printable recipe card (below) for the additional notes and tips for making this easy pasta dinner with pesto!

Are you looking for an easy pasta recipe Make this creamy pesto chicken pasta (with tomatoes which are optional) An easy recipe to make and done in 30-minutes! Grab this easy dinner idea and print the recipe at DearCreatives.com

To make this pasta dish vegetarian omit the chicken!

Review of Barilla Creamy Genovesse Pesto

To be honest I love this creamy pesto sauce. It has a bit milder flavor than traditional pesto sauce. I even used this creamy pesto on pizza and can’t wait to share that recipe with you. There are so many things you can make with pesto!

Once you make this pasta dish it really is fast to make. It’s a dinner idea that I am putting on repeat in my meal plan rotation. It’s quick, easy and so good! Your family might be impressed with your cooking and its taste and you don’t have to tell them how easy it is to make (unless you want to). I love the convenience of this Barilla pesto product and its taste! Use a jar spatula like this! A handy kitchen tool to help you get every last bit out of the jars.

Creamy Pesto Sauce, Chicken, Pasta Noodles, optional tomatoes and garnishes. Ready in 30-minutes. Print the Pasta recipe at DearCreatives.com

Looking for more ways to use pesto sauce?

Ways to use creamy pesto sauce

  1. Marinate chicken and other meats.
  2. Use it as an appetizer for dipping with chips or pita chips.
  3. Use the pesto as a spread on bread, toast, tortillas…
  4. Stir it in with noodles, pasta, and other grains.

What is great about Barilla Pesto Creamy Genovese is that it doesn’t have to be warmed and can be used in so many ways. Their Italian flavors make cooking taste so good. How do you like to use pesto in your meal planning?

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Yield: 4

Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta

Creamy Pesto Sauce, Chicken, Pasta Noodles, optional tomatoes and garnishes. Ready in 30-minutes. Pasta for dinner recipe at DearCreatives.com

Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta - A delicious blend of Creamy Pesto Sauce, Chicken, Pasta Noodles... optional tomatoes, and garnishes. Ready in 30-minutes. This pasta recipe is so delicious and the creamy pesto is divine! This is one easy dinner idea for pesto pasta great for any night of the week! Print the Pasta recipe for dinner at DearCreatives.com

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Chicken (Boneless, skinless chicken cut up into cubes).
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • 1 box Barilla® Pasta Noodles (I used 2 cups of Mezzi Rigatoni from the Barilla Pasta Noodles box).
  • 1 jar Barilla® Creamy Genovese Pesto
  • ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • Optional items – 1 cup of cherub cherry tomatoes and 1 can chicken broth.
  • For garnishes use the Parmesan cheese, and fresh chopped basil leaves.

Instructions

  1. Cut up the chicken into bite-sized cubes. Or buy packaged cubed chicken (skinless boneless chicken).
  2. Coat the cubed chicken with 2-3 tsp. of creamy pesto sauce and marinate the chicken for 10 minutes.
  3. Cook the chicken in a skillet. Preheat it with 1 tbsp. of butter and a little olive oil. Add the chicken, occasionally stirring until fully cooked. (internal temp. of 165 degrees).
  4. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Cook the pasta al dente according to the pasta box directions. Drain the noodles when done. Or make this dish a one-pot meal as I did by adding 1 can of chicken broth plus 1/2 cup of water to the large skillet/pan and add the pasta to it to cook altogether).
  5. Before all the liquid has evaporated add 1 cup of halved cherry tomatoes.
  6. When the cooking is done add the chicken and pasta into a large bowl.
  7. Mix with an additional 3 tsp. of creamy pesto sauce and garnish with chopped basil and shredded Parmesan cheese.
  8. Garnish, serve and enjoy!

Notes

  1. Do not touch the raw chicken and dip the spoon back in the jar! Use a clean spoon for measuring and one for spreading and mixing the pesto sauce!
  2. Marinating the chicken can be done in advance and kept cold in the fridge until needed.
  3. You can use your favorite pasta noodles with this recipe.
  4. If not cooking the noodles in the chicken broth additional seasonings and more creamy pesto sauce may be added.
  5. I used heaping tsp. for measuring the pesto sauce.


Why use chicken broth instead of just water for the one-pot method?

It gives the pasta additional flavors and is the perfect blend with the creamy pesto sauce. But, if you don't have chicken stock just use water and add more creamy pesto sauce and seasonings as needed.

Can you use regular pesto sauce in the recipe?


Yes, if you prefer regular pesto sauce you can use it in the recipe!

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 505Total Fat 33gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 131mgSodium 664mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 36g

Not all nutritional information is always 100% accurate.

Facts About Barilla Creamy Pesto Sauce

  1. Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto is a flavorful. It can be used cold or warm, its versatile, and convenient pantry staple.
  2. Imported from Parma, Italy, it’s made with fragrant Italian basil and freshly grated Italian cheese.
  3. Creamy Genovese Pesto has a creamy, smooth texture and savory taste. You can stir it into pasta and grains. Spread it on sandwiches. Use it for marinating meats and vegetables. And even use it as a dip.
  4. To preserve the natural color of basil and the fresh aroma of Italian Cheese, Barilla minimizes the handling of ingredients and rapidly prepares their recipe in as little as three hours from the start of ingredient preparation to the tightening of the lid.
  5. With Creamy Genovese Pesto, a little goes a long way; one 6.2-ounce jar of pesto mixes well with 16 ounces of pasta.
  6. A 6.2-ounce jar of Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto typically retails for $3.29.
  7. Shop for Barilla products & Creamy Pesto Sauce at Target, Genovese Pesto Sauce and other Barilla products on Amazon, and your local grocery stores.

For four generations (since 1877 in Parm Italy) Barilla has been passing down secrets to quality great tasting pesto. Inspired by the Italian lifestyle and Mediterranean diet. I think you will love their products.

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