Easy Pesto Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Creamy chicken and broccoli pasta with the addition of pesto takes this humble dish to a whole new level. This easy dish comes together in under 30 minutes and makes a great weeknight dinner! 
Easy Pesto Chicken and Broccoli PastaWhen I think comfort food the first thing that pops in mind is pasta. Pasta is the ultimate comfort food. It’s hearty, easy to make, and is always perfect for dinner.

This pesto chicken and broccoli dinner is a jazzed up version of my favorite creamy chicken and broccoli pasta. It’s loaded with garlic, parmesan, pesto, and chicken + broccoli.

The chicken is first cooked in browned garlic and onions then the parmesan, pesto and cream is added and that’s where the real fun begins. Aldente pasta and broccoli is then added to this delicious mixture of creamy heaven and the result is the BEST most FLAVORFUL pesto pasta you will ever have.Easy Pesto Chicken and Broccoli PastaI used penne but you can use any pasta you have on hand. Add the broccoli (frozen or fresh) to the pasta while it’s cook just a minute before draining in.  Easy Pesto Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

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Easy 20 minute Pesto Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Layla

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 chicken breasts sliced into ½ inch strips
  • 1 cup light cream or half and half
  • 1/4 grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 4 cups aldente pasta drained (appx)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets frozen or fresh

Instructions

  1. Begin by cooking the pasta in a large pot according to package directions. Add the broccoli into the pasta pot 1 minute before turning off the heat. Drain, set aside.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, Pour 1 tablespoon oil into a large pan. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minute or until golden. Add the garlic and cook for just a few seconds then add the sliced chicken. Season with salt & pepper and cook the chicken for 5-7 minute or until browned.

  3. Add the parmesan, cream, pesto, and salt & pepper. Simmer mixture for 2-3 minutes. Add the cooked pasta and broccoli. Stir until fully combined. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and garnish with more parmesan. Enjoy!


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    Comments

    Janlyn

    Can this be frozen does anybody know??

    Jessica

    This was a very flavorful pasta!! I used a pre-made pesto by Buitoni, which was very very good! I did not add the broccoli because I was short on time, but I will add it next time…. once I added the cream, pesto, parm cheese,salt, and pepper, everything thickened up nicely! Thanks for an easy and flavorful recipe!

    Jacqueline Fernandez

    Love your receipes, thanks for sharing. Can you share a pesto receipe? Thanks

      Layla

      Thanks so much Jacqueline. Yes, I will share a pesto recipe in a few weeks 🙂

    Risha

    Doubled the cream (used full cream) and cheese and added Goya chicken seasoning powder for more flavour and it was AH-MA-ZING!!!

    Linda Sluijs

    Het is heerlijk.! Delicious 😋

    Dominique Ebany Brown

    Yes I made this big hit i doubled the recipe because me and my two sisters eat big very good though will do again

    Alexandra Godshall

    My boyfriend hates cream & cheese, but I made this recipe & he ASKED me to make it again. Highly recommend & super easy! Easy meal for family or a nice quick dinner. So much flavor.

    Louise

    This was delicious!

    krystal

    what type of cream do you use ??

      Layla

      Light cream or half and half should work! You can also use heavy cream too if you want 🙂

    Kisha

    Made this last night and it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! I got ALL my ingredients (including the Pesto) from Aldi! I used Whole Wheat Past instead and I more then doubled the recipe because I am greedy, but it was sooooo good!! This is my first time making one of your recipes and I want to say thank you and keep them coming!! The flavors were so vibrant and blended very well together. I am actually making it again for some family this coming into town. YUM YUM!!!!!

    Sandra Lea

    Do you make your own pesto? If not, what brand do you recommend?

      Layla

      I make my own pesto but I also like the Trader Joe’s pesto. Hope that helps!