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Best Easy Garlic Pesto Pasta with Chicken

This delicious Pesto Pasta with Chicken recipe is a perfect balance of flavors and textures. The creamy and aromatic pesto sauce coats the tender chicken and al dente pasta perfectly, creating a satisfying and flavorful dish. Ready in just 30 minutes, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser that will surely become a staple in your household.

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Ingredients

number of servings
4
  • 8 ounces linguine pasta Added to
  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless Added to
  • Salt and pepper, to taste Added to
  • 2 tbls oil, divided Added to
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced Added to
  • 1 Cup basil leaves, packed Added to
  • 14 Cup pine nuts Added to
  • 14 Cup parmesan Added to
  • 14 Cup virgin olive oil Added to
  • red pepper flakes (optional) Added to
  • Cherry tomatoes and fresh basil, for garnish Added to
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Directions

30 min.
1. Step

Cook the linguine pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

2. Step

Meanwhile, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.

3. Step

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for about 8 minutes per side, until cooked. Remove the chicken from the skillet and let it rest. Slice chicken into thin strips.

4. Step

In a food processor or blender, combine the minced garlic, basil leaves, pine nuts, grated Parmesan cheese, and red flakes (if using). Pulse until well combined.

5. Step

Gradually add the extra-virgin olive oil. Continue to blend until the mixture forms a smooth and creamy pesto sauce. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.

6. Step

In the same skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add the cooked linguine pasta and sliced chicken. Pour the pesto sauce over the pasta and chicken, tossing gently to coat everything evenly.

7. Step

Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until heated through.

8. Step

Serve the Pesto Pasta with Chicken garnished withcherry tomatoes and fresh basil leaves.

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