Pesto Chicken Penne: Weeknight Pasta Bliss

There’s something magical about a weeknight dinner that combines the simplicity of pasta with the aromatic charm of pesto. Our Pesto Chicken Penne is the epitome of weeknight pasta bliss. It’s a dish that strikes the perfect balance between convenience and gourmet flavor, making it a go-to recipe for busy evenings when you want something delicious and comforting on the table in no time.


  • 2 cups penne pasta
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cook penne pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and minced garlic. Pulse until finely chopped.
  3. With the blender running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the mixture becomes a smooth pesto sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the cubed chicken until it’s no longer pink in the center, about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked pasta and pesto sauce to the skillet with the chicken. Toss everything together until the pasta is well coated with the sauce and the chicken is evenly distributed.
  6. Serve hot, garnished with extra Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves if desired.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Pesto Chicken Penne is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that combines the flavors of homemade pesto with tender chicken and perfectly cooked penne pasta. It’s a family-friendly meal that will have everyone asking for seconds.

Nutrition: Calories – 480, Fat – 28g, Carbohydrates – 34g, Protein – 27g

Make your weeknights extra special with our Pesto Chicken Penne recipe. It’s the ideal dish for those evenings when you crave a restaurant-quality meal without the hassle. With the aromatic basil pesto and succulent chicken, every bite is a taste of pure bliss. Your family will love it, and you’ll love how quickly it comes together. Enjoy!

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