This Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta recipe is ready in under 30 minutes! Tender penne pasta with juicy chicken breast tossed in a creamy pesto alfredo sauce using homemade pesto.

Serve the pasta with homemade breadsticks for a complete meal.

Creamy chicken pesto pasta in a pan with chopped basil pesto.

This pasta is a great idea for Italian dinner nights and is on rotation with our other favorite pasta like the mushroom chicken pasta or our broccoli chicken alfredo recipe.


Though this creamy pesto pasta recipe is an easy dinner recipe, it tastes amazing! Pasta with juicy chicken breast tossed in a homemade pesto alfredo sauce combined with homemade pesto – the perfect combination of flavors.

Pasta, chicken, and pesto alfredo sauce in a gravy skillet unmixed.


You can have this delicious pesto pasta recipe ready in under 30 minutes!

  1. Make pesto– Prepare half of a recipe of homemade basil pesto sauce, or easily substitute for store-bought pesto.
  2. Pasta– Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and cover to keep warm.
  3. Cook chicken– Make a recipe of our pan-seared chicken breast. Cover the chicken to keep warm and set aside. Once cooled, slice or cube the chicken.
  4. Make alfredo sauce– In a deep skillet, prepare our alfredo sauce recipe or use store-bought alfredo. Add in the pesto sauce and stir to combine.
  5. Combine everything– Add the sliced chicken and pasta to the sauce. Toss until well combined.
  6. Serve pasta– Garnish with freshly chopped basil and parmesan cheese and serve!
A spoonful of creamy pesto pasta topped with fresh basil.


There are so many ways to enjoy this pesto pasta recipe!

  • MEAT– We used chicken breast in our recipe but you can easily substitute for chicken thighs, shrimp or sausage.
  • PASTA– We used penne pasta for the recipe but just about any pasta will work great and now alter the final outcome.
  • VEGGIES– You can add your favorite vegetables to the dish! Spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms or asparagus will all work great.
Pesto pasta in a gray deep skillet with a wooden spoon full of alfredo pasta.


How do I reheat this pasta dish?

Reheat this dish in a skillet until warm. If your pasta seems dry you can add some half & half during reheating to loosen up the sauces.

What kind of chicken can I use?

This recipe calls for boneless skinless chicken breast but you can also use chicken thighs or even substitute it for a different protein.

What kind of pasta do I use?

We use penne pasta for this but any pasta will work in this easy recipe.

What pesto does this recipe call for?

For this recipe, we use homemade basil pesto, but you can use any of your favorite pesto sauces with great results.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

This recipe is great to make ahead of time, especially if you are hosting! Cook the pasta, chicken, make the alfredo sauce and pesto, and keep them in separate containers. Then just continue with the recipe and serve.

How long will this dish last?

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Basil Pesto pasta in a deep skillet topped with fresh chopped basil.


Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

Author: Valentina
5 from 3 votes
This Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta recipe is ready in under 30 minutes! Tender penne pasta with juicy chicken breast tossed in a creamy pesto alfredo sauce using homemade pesto.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


Cook pasta-

  • Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions. Drain, cover and set aside to keep warm.

Cook chicken-

Make sauce-

  • In a deep skillet, over low/medium heat, melt together butter and garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Whisk together the heavy whipping cream and flour pout into the skillet, whisk vigorously. Add the parmesan cheese, pesto and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook over low heat until sauce thickens, stirring frequently.
  • Add the cooked pasta and sliced chicken into the skillet and toss to combine.
  • Top with fresh chopped basil and grated parmesan cheese.
  • Enjoy!


690kcal Calories35g Carbs30g Protein47g Fat24g Saturated Fat3g Polyunsaturated Fat12g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat167mg Cholesterol1053mg Sodium483mg Potassium2g Fiber3g Sugar1986IU Vitamin A2mg Vitamin C301mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 690 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 167mg56%
Sodium 1053mg46%
Potassium 483mg14%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 1986IU40%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 301mg30%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)