Chicken Pesto Pasta- an easy 30 minute dinner idea!
Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal or a dish to share at a potluck, this Chicken Pesto Pasta is your delicious answer! Packed with flavor from the homemade walnut pesto, you’ll love how tasty this easy dish is to eat!
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I’m so torn this time of year. Do I want comfort food or do I want to keep using the grill? Either way, I need dinners that can be made fairly quickly, as our weeknights are hectic!
Today’s Chicken Pesto Pasta is super easy and versatile. It starts with a homemade pesto.
Not just any pesto though, unlike this basic pesto recipe, today’s recipe uses WALNUTS. Oh my gosh, I always thought pesto had to be made with pine nuts. I was wrong. The walnuts add a delicious nutty flavor to the basil and garlic!
In my ongoing partnership, I use FISHER NUTS brand walnuts, as they are preservative free. They also have the best flavor, in my opinion!
Once you have your pesto made, you’ll add it to some cooked pasta. I use angel hair pasta for this recipe, as it doesn’t overwhelm the dish, however any noodle would work. Toss in some tomatoes, parmesan cheese and extra walnuts and you’ve got a delicious dish. Make it a meal by adding in grilled chicken!
Not only is this a great dinner recipe, but it’s also a wonderful dish to bring to a potluck or BBQ.
- Swap out the angel hair pasta for bowtie noodles
- Dice up the tomatoes and cooked chicken
- Mix everything together and refrigerate until ready to serve
- DELICIOUS cold or hot
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Chicken Pesto Pasta
Yield: serves 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
For the pesto:
- 2 cups fresh basil
- 1/2 cup Fisher Nuts Walnuts
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup olive oil
For the pasta:
- 1/2 lb angel hair pasta, cooked
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3 roma tomatoes, diced or sliced
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup Fisher Nuts Walnuts, chopped
- In a food processor, combine basil, walnuts, garlic, salt and pepper. Process for several minutes until blended. Add in parmesan and olive oil and blend until desired consistency.
- Flatten chicken breasts to about 1/4-inch thick and grill for several minutes on each side, until fully cooked (or cook them in a skillet on the stove top).
- To serve, toss hot, cooked pasta with pesto, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, chopped walnuts and cooked chicken! ENJOY!
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Love nuts? I’ve got you covered with some of my favorite FISHER NUTS recipes:
Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies: delicious, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies!
Almond Pesto Salmon: easy pesto on top of fresh salmon. DELICIOUS!!
Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars: one of the most popular recipes on the blog every fall, so tasty and perfect for holidays!
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