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Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta

This creamy pesto chicken fettuccine is one of my favorite quick and easy week night dinners. It requires so little prep that it basically cooks itself.

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Chicken Pesto Pasta
Creamy Chicken Pesto Fettuccine

This recipe for quick chicken pesto pasta is a God-send when you are really short on time. I love that on week nights when we both have to work late, or days with after school activities I can whip this up for dinner in under 20 minutes. Also as a bonus the whole family loves this recipe!

Make with store-bought pesto, or if you grow your own basil at home try making fresh pesto.

Chicken Pesto Pasta
Yield: 2 Servings

Creamy Chicken Pesto Fettuccine

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

How to make quick chicken pesto fettuccine

Ingredients

Chicken Fettuccine

  • 4 oz fettuccini, dried or fresh
  • 3 oz basil pesto
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 8 oz cooked chicken
  • 1 tbsp pinenuts
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Lightly toast the pine nuts in a pan (3-4 minutes), remove from heat and crush with the flat of a knife.
  2. Cook the fettuccine in boiling water according to the instructions on the pack (approx 11 minutes).
  3. While the fettuccine is cooking, roughly chop the baby spinach leaves. Shred or chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Add pesto and cream to a jar and shake to mix well.
  5. When the fettuccine is cooked, drain and return to the pot.
  6. Add the creamy pesto sauce, the chicken and chopped baby spinach to the fettuccine. Mix well.
  7. Serve topped with crushed pinenuts.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 667.42Total Fat: 34.91gSaturated Fat: 9.17gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 156.63mgSodium: 535.91mgCarbohydrates: 46.52gFiber: 3.73gSugar: 2.81gProtein: 40.72g

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