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One Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta

10 Minutes + 20 Minutes Cooking



Savor the convenience of One Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta, a quick and easy dinner option that pasta lovers will adore. Experience the perfect harmony of tender pasta, juicy chicken, and a rich parmesan and pesto sauce, all cooked together in a single pot. With minimal cleanup and maximum flavor, this recipe is a time-saving delight. Prepare a satisfying meal effortlessly, allowing you to enjoy every bite of this delightful culinary creation. Treat yourself to the simplicity and deliciousness of One Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta, a truly effortless and comforting dish.

With everything cooked in just one pot, you’ll enjoy the ease of preparation and minimal cleanup. Every mouthful bursts with savory goodness, showcasing the perfect balance of ingredients. Prepare this comforting and satisfying dish effortlessly, saving valuable time in the kitchen.

If you love all things pasta like I do, then you’ll also want to try my recipes for One Pot Mac & Cheese Recipe, One Pan Shrimp and Orzo Dinner or One Pan Lemon Chicken Gnocchi.



Adjust Servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
400 grams chicken breasts
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 garlic cloves - minced
600 ml chicken stock
200 ml heavy cream
200 grams broccoli
250 grams uncooked pasta *use any short pasta you like
2 tablespoons basil pesto
100 grams parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt *plus extra to taste the dish
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
fresh basil to serve
Nutritional Information
519 Calories
29 g Fat
26 g Protein
38 g Carbs
4 g Sugars


Cook the Chicken
Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces and add them to the pan and cook for about 5-6 minutes, or until fully cooked. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.
In the same pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté for about 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Pour in the chicken stock and heavy cream, stirring well to combine. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.
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Add Pasta
Add broccoli florets and uncooked pasta to the pan, ensuring they are submerged in the liquid. Cover the pan and let it simmer for about 12-15 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente and the broccoli is tender.
Stir in the basil pesto, Parmesan cheese and mix well until the cheese is melted and the sauce is creamy. Remove the pan from heat and let it sit for a few minutes to thicken the sauce. Give the pasta a final toss to evenly coat it with the sauce. Serve garnished with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves if desired.
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To save time, you can use pre-cooked or rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the chicken breasts from scratch. Simply shred or dice the pre-cooked chicken and add it to the pan during the final steps of the recipe.
Customize the dish by adding your favorite vegetables. Consider adding bell peppers, peas, spinach, or mushrooms for added flavor and nutrition.
If you prefer a lighter version, you can substitute the heavy cream with half-and-half or milk. Keep in mind that the sauce may be slightly less creamy but still delicious.
f you're vegetarian, you can substitute the chicken with tofu, chickpeas, or your preferred plant-based protein. Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock to maintain the desired flavors.
Swap out the basil pesto with sun-dried tomato pesto, spinach pesto, or even homemade pesto made with different herbs like cilantro or parsley. Get creative and experiment with different pesto variations!
Leftover One-Pan Pesto Chicken Pasta can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

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