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Chicken Pesto with Pasta

Prepared sauce accents this warm chicken pesto pasta. Keep pesto in the freezer for the next time you have leftover chicken. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) cellentani or spiral pasta
  • 2 cups cubed rotisserie chicken
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 container (7 ounces) prepared pesto
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted


  • In a Dutch oven, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pan. Stir in chicken, tomatoes and pesto; heat through. Sprinkle with pine nuts.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 433 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 239mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • readerboehm
    Apr 6, 2020

    We really enjoyed this recipe. I only had elbow noodles so I used about 10 oz. Took another suggestion and sauteed about that much mushrooms with about that much garlic. The I added 1/2 of can of diced tomatoes without the juice. I used the one with chili's. When the noodles were done , I added the chicken to the pan about 3 cups worth and everything else. I used about a cup of pesto and thought it was sill dry then added in about 2 tablespoons of the juice from the tomatoes. We will definitely make it again.

  • Bryannacooks
    Dec 21, 2019

    Absolutely no way is this a recipe that was featured in a magazine...unfortunately it was. The pasta would have been dry and bland without the following additions. 1 cup half and half, parmesan cheese and carrot top pesto along with a gaggle of additional seasonings. In short this recipe is horrible.

  • DuckyD
    Mar 4, 2019

    I agree with others about this soup being just okay. The ingredient I added was mushrooms. They were the best taste in the soup.

  • jeanemed
    Dec 28, 2018

    This was fast and just okay. Not a big fan of pesto otherwise I might have liked it better. My daughter really liked it.

  • hchambers
    Jul 31, 2017

    This is a flavorful pasta dish, and it come together quick for those busy nights.

  • debbiemoss
    Aug 31, 2015

    This recipe is quick and easy and very good. The roasted pine nuts were a nice addition.

  • JaneVX
    Jun 1, 2014

    My family loved this recipe. We've made it several times. At my daughter's suggestion, I added 1 cup of sliced fresh button mushrooms & 3 cloves of fresh garlic to the pesto & heated it up with the chicken. Then I mixed this with the noodles. We were so pleased!

  • kelly1376
    Oct 2, 2008

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