Tasty Tuesday: Pesto Chicken Pasta

chicken pesto pasta

Tonight’s dinner was something I adapted from a recipe I got for a magazine. It’s the second time I’ve made it in the last two weeks and my hubby absolutely loves it. And since he went to the store the other day, he bought another bunch of parsley (which I only get if I’m planning a recipe with it), indicating he wanted this meal again. So I obliged. 🙂

4 oz Penne pasta (uncooked)
1 packed cup parsley
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 tsp lemon zest, or 1/8 tsp lemon juice
7 TBSP olive oil
1 boneless chicken breast, cubed
1 squash, cubed (feel free to use 2!)
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
4 oz can mushrooms, drained
1/2 cup grated parmesan

First, make the pesto by combining the parsley, garlic, and lemon zest/juice in food chopper until finely ground. Add 6 TBSP olive oil and combine. Meanwhile, boil the water for the pasta and saute the cut up chicken breast in 1 TBSP olive oil in a large skillet, about 10-12 minutes, until cooked through and browned. Set aside. The pasta should be cooking by now.
Next, saute the squash until tender, adding the mushrooms and tomatoes near the end, about another 3 minutes. Return the chicken to the skillet. Once the pasta is cooked “al dente”, drain it and add the pasta to the chicken and veggie mixture. Add the pesto and parmesan and mix thoroughly.
And that’s it. It’s hearty enough to be a meal by itself, but would also work well with a salad.


  1. Amber Ludwig says

    Oooohh pesto and I have quite the love affair!! No seriously! I put it on EVERYTHING!!! Its so fantastic!! I cannot wait to try this pasta!!

  2. Yumm, I love pesto!

  3. This sounds so good. I love pasta and I am always looking for new ways to serve it. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Maria Iemma says

    This is a recipe right up my alley – we love pasta and we love pesto. I am going to add it to next week’s menu. I am sure the family will love it.

  5. I would love to try this one. So glad you shared. Always looking for great pasta recipes and just found one.

  6. This looks REALLY good! I will have to add it to the list of recipes to try.

  7. this looks so good, thanks for sharing

  8. Sounds nummy. I am such a foodie!

  9. mommy4five says

    ooh this sounds good.

  10. Sounds good…like something I would actually be able to make, lol!

  11. Debby Chandler says

    this looks and sounds yummers and easy to make. I need easy recipes but tasty ones that my family will enjoy.

  12. This looks really tasty! I’m going to have to try this next week :).

  13. I do not eat much pesto, but this looks really good. I think I may need to rethink pesto!

  14. Linda Perry says

    The Pesto Chicken Pasta sounds and looks delicious. I love that you included lots of vegetables in the pasta. It’s going on my “to try” list. 🙂

  15. Yummy! Planning on making this soon. All my favorite ingredients.

  16. Kathleen Kelly says

    This looks really good…I will have to try it..thank you!!

  17. OH my this is by far the best recipe I have yet to find, thanks a bunch I love pesto. I’ve never tried making it homemade, I’m excited 🙂

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