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Chicken Pesto Pasta

This chicken pesto pasta is the perfect summer or spring lunch. Make your own pesto with fresh basil from your garden or start with a jar of pesto - both work well!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy lunch recipes, easy pasta recipes, summer recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 458kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces bow tie pasta
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and cut into strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup pesto sauce, fresh or jarred
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts
  • ¼ cup shaved Parmesan

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta and place in a large bowl
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet and add the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with the paprika, onion powder, red pepper flakes, and salt. Stir well to coat the chicken in the seasoning.
  • Continue cooking, stirring often, until the chicken has cooked through.
  • Add the sun-dried tomatoes and garlic to the skillet and cook 2 minutes. 
  • Add the chicken to the pasta along with the pesto and pine nuts. Stir well to combine.
  • Top each serving with Parmesan. 

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 542mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 7.6mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1.7mg