Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta


Create a delicious and creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta. A blend of rich and fresh flavors in every bite. Quick and easy Chicken Pesto Pasta combines golden brown chicken pieces with fresh sauteed mushrooms and spinach, tomatoes, and penne pasta all tossed in creamy pesto sauce. With so much flavor and ease, it is one of our favorite pasta recipes.

Chicken Pesto Pasta



Cook time: 20 Min  Prep time: 10 Min  Serves: 4
Ingredients
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
1 ¼ lb boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite-size pieces
12 oz penne pasta
8 oz white button mushrooms
8 oz chopped baby spinach
2/3 c heavy cream
½ c cup basil pesto
1 c sliced tomatoes
kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
fresh basil, chopped
Directions
1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and brown on both sides until cooked through. Remove the chicken to a plate and cover it to keep it warm.
2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the penne pasta and cook al dente according to package instructions. Reserve 3/4 cup of pasta water and then drain well in a colander.
3. Heat the remaining olive oil and butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms start to brown. Add the spinach and cook until it is wilted while stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the heavy cream stirring to combine. Reduce for just 1-2 minutes then add the pesto sauce and stir to combine.
4. Add the cooked chicken and pasta to the skillet and stir to combine. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the reserved pasta water to enhance flavor and help the sauce and pasta stick together. Top with chopped tomatoes and fresh basil ribbons. For best results serve promptly. More pasta water can be added if reheating.

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