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Creamy Pesto Alfredo Chicken Pasta

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Pesto Alfredo Chicken Pasta

Between the move and, well, all the packing required for saidย move, I’m not exactly Mom of the year in the dinner department. Things get tricky when you’re on a time crunch, you’re trying to pack a house aaaand use up what you got in the fridge and the pantry so it doesn’t go to waste.

So, this recipe has been brought to you courtesy of dinner necessity and procrastination.

This recipe is not hard. Like, not even a little bit.

You’ve probably seen versions of this floating around the internet even though I’m sure YOU have made this a million times before me. It’s the kind of recipe you don’t really need a recipe for, but I decided to post it anyways.

You’re welcome, America.

Pesto Alfredo Chicken Pasta

I use a jarred alfredo sauce (or you could use this homemade alfredo sauce recipe), short cut pasta and a little pre-made pesto sauce. Very very simple, but the creamy sauce mixed with the pesto is really the best-o.

“Would you say your pesto is the besto?”

Puh-lease someone know what show that is from!! #ihavenolife

Anyways, complete recipe below! Have a wonderful weekend, friends! xoxo Hopefully by Monday, once we’re back from Hawaii, I’ll have more REAL recipes to share. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy!!

5 from 2 votes

Creamy Pesto Alfredo Chicken Pasta

When you need a delicious dinner in a hurry, your family will love this pasta, topped with chicken, alfredo, and pesto.

servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 3/4-1 lb rigatoni pasta*
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 16.9 oz Alfredo sauce** 1 jar
  • 3 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • chives and coarsely ground pepper for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Bring large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • While pasta cooks, in a large, deep skillet {preferrably non-stick}, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute chicken with salt and pepper until lightly browned and thoroughly cooked. Pour in alfredo sauce and pesto. Simmer 1 minute. Toss with hot pasta and serve with any garnishes, if desired.
  • *I usually use closer to 3/4 lb of pasta because we like this dish saucy, but feel free to use the whole pound.
  • **I used the Trader Joes brand of Alfredo Sauce because I can actually read the ingredients label and know everything that I'm eating. Any jarred alfredo sauce will do.

Nutrition

Calories: 766kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 1047mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 261IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Alfredo Chicken Pasta
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17 Responses
    1. Lynn B

      Who’s Phoebe & Monica? Per my grown children, I live in a cave because I don’t watch a lot of TV nor go to the movie theaters! LOL

  1. Kelly

    https://twitter.com/friends_quotes1/status/560156403915313154

    “Would you say your pesto is the best-o?”
    “I don’t know, but I would say it’s pretty good-o”

    LOVE FRIENDS ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Michele {Delish Dishes from Michele}

    Might be simple, but it sure looks yummy! We all need some easy dinner staples ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Cathie

    My family loves a pesto alfredo pasta. We like to
    add spinach, halved grape tomatoes, and pre-cooked shrimp instead of chicken, Crazy good! Add ready in just a few minutes ;D

  4. Wendy

    A favorite Friends quote of mine comes from that same exchange when Phoebe asks that guy, the sous chef, if that meant he was Monica’s boss. And he explains that ‘sous’ is French for ‘under’, so she’s his boss.

    Phoebe’s response/favorite quote alert:
    “Ahhh. I sous-stand.”

    PS the recipe looks and sounds delicious ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. Brooke

    5 stars
    Such an easy amazingly good recipe. I add mushrooms to mine to sneak in a veggie for my very picky 20 month old. He approves of this dish!

  7. Sheri Klein

    Pesto do your blurry best-o, from Houseboat with Sophia Loren and Cary Grant! Love that movie and canโ€™t wait to try out this recipe!