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Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes-one of our favorite pasta dishes to share with family and friends! 

Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe on Love this simple and tasty pasta dish!

We are taking a break from cookies and sweets to share a savory recipe, Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Josh makes this recipe all year long, but it’s extra special during the holiday months.

We love serving this pasta dish to family and friends when they visit for the holidays because it’s festive and easy to make! When your house is full of company, it’s important to have an easy recipe on hand that will still WOW a crowd. Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes is that recipe. It’s always a hit!

Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe on So easy and SO good!

We always start with our favorite DeLallo Organic Whole Wheat Pasta. This time we used Fusilli Bucati. I love the twisty pasta. It is fun to eat!

For the pesto, you can make your own, our Spinach Basil Pesto is phenomenal or you can cheat and use store-bought pasta. I won’t tell. DeLallo’s Simply Pesto is superb! Your guests will think you hiked to a warm climate to pick fresh basil and make pesto:)

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To the pesto pasta, we add chopped sun-dried tomatoes for a pop of red color and kick of flavor. DeLallo’s Sun-Dried Tomatoes will knock your stockings right off the fireplace they are so good!

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Josh likes to add chicken to this pasta dish when we have company. It makes the pasta extra hearty and filling. Don’t worry, Josh always looks out for me. Before he adds the chicken he sets some pasta aside for me:) If you have vegetarian guests, you can do the same. They will thank you and this way you don’t have to make two dishes! Score!

Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes makes a great holiday meal! It’s super simple to make which is a big time bonus during this stressful…oops, I mean joyous holiday season! :)

Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe on One of our favorite pasta dishes!


Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe on This pasta dish is always a hit!

Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Yield: Serves 8

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Pasta with chicken, basil pesto, and sun-dried tomatoes. This easy pasta recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight meal or a festive holiday dish!


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Salt and black pepper, for seasoning chicken
1 (1-pound) package DeLallo Whole Wheat Pasta
1 cup basil pesto (homemade or store-bought)
1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
Salt and black pepper, to taste


1. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high. Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and place in the pan. Cover with the lid and sear for 5 minutes on one side. Flip and sear 5 to 6 more minutes, or until cooked through. Remove the chicken from let cool. After a few minutes, chop the chicken into bite-sized chunks.

2. In the meantime, boil the pasta until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta water and return the pasta to the pot.

3. Stir in the pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and chopped chicken. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve.

Note-we think this pasta is good served warm or cold.

Disclosure: this post is in partnership with DeLallo, but our opinions are our own.

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79 Responses to “Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes”

  1. Lee — December 18, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    This looks delicious!

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 18, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    I could eat this every day!!

  3. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 18, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    Well, HELLO Pasta! That is gorgeous Maria, and what a great giveaway. :)

  4. Debbie — December 18, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  5. Nikki — December 18, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    I have been making this pasta for several years aswell, always a big hit with friends and family. however we always add some cooking cream, it makes the pasta even more comforting ;-).

  6. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — December 18, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    What a tasty pasta dish!

  7. Mary Beth Elderton — December 18, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    I’m on a tortellini kick right now–tortellini soup, tortellini salad

  8. Heather Christo — December 18, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    looks like a perfect lunch for me today!!

  9. Charity Shapiro — December 18, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Awesome looking recipe

  10. Linda — December 18, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Can’t wait to make this dish!

  11. Tieghan — December 18, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    That is just gorgeous! What a perfect meal for the month of December. I love the festive colors!

  12. Lori Connors — December 18, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE all things pesto!

  13. Janice — December 18, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    Love lasagna

  14. Mary Ann — December 18, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    I made the Cinnamon Almonds–OMG–wonderful. I was exchanging gifts with my friend this morning at 6:30 a.m. (we teach high school and are up early) and we could not stop eating them. I have to make her more. Thanks for another wonderful recipe. I look forward to your posts everyday.

    • Two Peas replied: — December 18th, 2013 @ 11:32 am

      Glad you liked the almonds!

  15. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — December 18, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    Love Pasta, Love Pesto, Love sun dried tomatoes, This is a wonderful Pasta, the colors of beautiful! I can’t wait to give it a try!

  16. Meghan — December 18, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Love it!! You always make the tastiest treats – can’t wait to make this one too!

    • Two Peas replied: — December 18th, 2013 @ 11:31 am

      Thank you!

  17. Ashley M. | Our Full Table — December 18, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    Yummy! We are doing a pasta bar for our family chirstmas this would be an awesome addition!

    • Two Peas replied: — December 18th, 2013 @ 11:30 am

      I love the pasta bar idea! Have fun!

  18. Liz Heist — December 18, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    This looks delicious!

  19. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — December 18, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    All my favorites in one bowl.

  20. Marian (Sweetopia) — December 18, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Love the pesto & sun dried tomato combination! Great giveaway!

  21. SD — December 18, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    I love the variety of pasta-s and pesto-s….so many combinations possible

  22. Elaina Meadows — December 18, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    This looks so delicious, I can’t wait to try it out! Thank you for all your amazing posts! Your emails are the only ones I save because I constantly go back and check them to see which amazing thing of yours I want to try :)

  23. TidyMom — December 18, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    I’m always looking for a new easy pasta dish, and one with chicken is even better!!

  24. Julie @ Table for Two — December 18, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    This is how I make my pastas with pesto, too! I LOVE sundried tomatoes in them!

  25. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — December 18, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    This looks so yummy!!! Love the red and green for the holidays too!

  26. Naomi — December 18, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    Such a great fast an easy weeknight meal!

  27. Liz @ Virtually Homemade — December 18, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    A classic dish and just beautiful! Now I’m hungry! Pinned :)

  28. D Schmidt — December 18, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    My favorite Italian dish is Lasagna!

  29. Andrina G — December 18, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    I pinned this because it looks so good. I also love penne pasta with five cheese sauce.

  30. Donna B — December 18, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    Simple and delicious! My family will love this recipe!

  31. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — December 18, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    As much as I love cookies, this is SUCH a nice change! I am so in love with all these flavors together and it looks easy AND fancy! Possibly the great combination. Ever.

  32. Jeffrey — December 18, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    My favorite pasta dish is Macaroni and Cheese, homemade…Not the Blue Box!

  33. Linda — December 18, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Wow…looks great! Would love to win as well.

  34. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — December 18, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

    Hooray for savory dishes! Love these flavors, Maria!

  35. Renee — December 18, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    I love pesto and sundried tomatoes together!

  36. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — December 18, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    Thanks for the cool giveaway!!

  37. Trudy McFall — December 18, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    Thins looks sooo good. Will have to give this recipe a try.

  38. Jennie @themessybakerblog — December 18, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    That is one big pot of yum. I love the festive colors.

  39. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) — December 18, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    Pesto + pasta is usually my favorite kind of pasta dish, and this one looks great!

  40. Holly — December 18, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    Anything pesto is my fav especilly a pasta like yours! Thanks for sharing!

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