In The Kitchen - Dinner
June 12, 2020

Chicken Pesto Pasta

A pasta perfect recipe that blends pesto and pasta together perfectly.

7 min read

Looking for an easy yet delicious recipe for dinner? This chicken pesto pasta is a family favorite. A happy accident created when I couldn't find ingredients and had a wedding shower to get to, this recipe can easily be modified to fit several occasions and flavor palettes. And it pairs perfectly with rosemary sourdough bread.

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1hr 5 min

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  • 4-5 chicken breasts
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) pasta (you can make your own with this recipe)
  • 7-8 ounces pesto
  • 7-8 ounces feta cheese
  • 2-3 ounces sliced black olives (optional)
  • 4-6 slices bacon, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tomato, chopped (optional)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 2-3 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 1/2-3 1/2 teaspoons sea salt


  • Drizzle ~1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a 9X13 pan.
  • Season chicken breasts with garlic powder, oregano, 1-2 teaspoons pepper and 1 1/2-2 teaspoons salt.
  • Place seasoned chickens in pan and bake  at 400 F for 30 - 40 minutes depending on size of chicken breasts (or bake in an instapot for 8-9 minutes at high pressure)
  • While the chicken is baking, prepare the bacon and boil the pasta.  To boil the pasta, bring a pot of water to boil and season with ~1 teaspoon pepper, ~1 teaspoon sea salt, and 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil.  Boil until pasta is al dente.
  • While pasta boils, place the strips of bacon in a frying pan and cook to desired crispiness (~6-7 minutes). Chop bacon.
  • Shred the baked chicken into half inch pieces.
  • Drain the pasta.
  • Toss the chicken, pasta, feta, remaining olive oil, olives, bacon, and tomatoes and place into serving dish.
Chicken Pesto Pasta in Bowl

Dinner is served!  If you enjoy this recipe, please check out some of my other favorites at In the Kitchen or my list of recommended cookbooks.


Chicken Pesto Pasta in serving bowl