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Chicken pesto pasta in a white bowl with grated Parmesan and a bowl of chicken and red peppers.

Quick Chicken and Pesto Pasta

Get dinner on the table with this Quick Chicken and Pesto Pasta. It's full of flavor and makes great leftovers for lunch.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken and Pesto Pasta, Pesto Bowtie Pasta With Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 480kcal
Author Cathy


  • 1-1/2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, sliced lengthwise for quick cooking
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or other high temperature oil
  • 12 oz bow-tie pasta
  • 6-7 oz jar prepared pesto
  • 1 (16) oz jar roasted red peppers, drained, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan for serving


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Season chicken well with salt and pepper. Warm oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until it is no longer pink inside, about 6-7 minutes per side. Let rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes and then cut into 1/2" pieces.
  • Add bow-tie pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente according to package directions. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. 
  • In a large bowl combine pasta and pesto. Add chicken and red pepper. Toss and season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese.


Calories: 480kcal | Protein: 34.7g | Fat: 23.8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.3g | Cholesterol: 11.7mg | Sodium: 252.1mg | Fiber: 4.7g | Sugar: 4.6g | Calcium: 13.4mg | Iron: 10.2mg