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Chicken Pesto Pasta

One Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta

This creamy One Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta is the perfect weeknight meal! It's quick & easy to make and the pasta is bursting with pesto flavor!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound chicken cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • cup pesto
  • 4 ounces cream cheese


  • Pour the vegetable oil into a large skillet and place over medium-high heat.
  • Once the pan is hot, add the chicken pieces and diced onion. Saute until the onions are softened and the chicken is browned on all sides.
  • Add the garlic, broth, water and pasta; stir.
  • Bring to a boil and let the mixture boil for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the pesto and cream cheese and stir until the cream cheese is melted.
  • If you'd like to thicken the sauce a bit, continue to cook over low heat for a couple minutes. If you want to add more liquid, simply add a splash of chicken broth and stir it in.
Keyword one pot meal, pasta, pasta skillet, pesto
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