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!
When 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.I 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 20 minute Pesto Chicken and Broccoli Pasta
- 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
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.
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.
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!