Nick’s Pesto Chicken with Rotini Pasta

September 26, 2023
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Pesto Chicken with Rotini Pasta

Nick’s Pesto Chicken with Rotini Pasta


  • Author: Liz
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Wow, awesome weeknight meal…Son in Law Nick grilled chiicken breasts that he seasoned with garlic and parmesan.  In my version I had chicken tenders to use so I sauteed them with italian seasoning then chopped them up for this dish.  Your choice as to what chicken to use in this recipe, it is truly delicious either way!


Ingredients

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  • 1 lb Chicken tenders, or chicken breast
  • 2 TBL light olive oil, vegetable oil, or a combination of the two
  • Salt & pepper
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • Approx. 15 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Approx 2/3 cup prepared basil pesto, or more to taste
  • Approx. 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup dried basil, or 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped coarsely
  • 23 cups Rotini pasta, cooked

Instructions

  1. Cook rotini pasta according to package directions.
  2. Pat chicken tenders dry, season with salt, pepper & Italian seasoning.
  3. Season a pan with the oil.  Heat to medium and add chicken.  Saute chicken about 4-5 minutes each side, until cooked through.
  4. Remove chicken from pan and place on cutting board.  Cut chicken into bite sized chunks.
  5. In a large serving bowl, toss the pasta, chicken, pesto, halved tomatoes and parmesan cheese together. Top with the basil.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes

Serve this dish with a tossed salad or a Caesar salad.  As mentioned, you can use grilled chicken breasts.  OR, a quick shortcut – buy cooked chopped chicken breasts!  Tyson makes a frozen product, John Soules makes a fresh product that can be found in the meat department – not chopped but that part is easy :).

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: main course
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Chicken, pesto, Italian, quick, easy, pasta

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