Chicken Pesto Tortellini

By Maria Lichty

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Chicken Pesto Tortellini is a family favorite meal. You can have this easy chicken pasta dish on your dinner table in under 30 minutes. You only need six ingredients!

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When 5:00 hits and I need an easy dinner recipe that my boys will love, I know I can always turn to this Chicken Pesto Tortellini. It is one of their all-time favorite meals. There are always big cheers when this easy pasta dish is on the dinner table.

You are going to cheer too after you make this tortellini too because you only need six ingredients and you can make it in under 30 minutes. It is the perfect weeknight meal!

This recipe starts with cheese tortellini, one of my favorite pastas! It is a dinner lifesaver and who doesn’t love pasta filled with cheese? It is always a dinner winner. Plus, it is SO easy to make!

Chicken Pesto Tortellini Recipe with only six ingredients

While the tortellini is cooking, cook up some chicken in a skillet. Next, combine the tortellini, chicken, tomatoes, and pesto. I used our homemade basil pesto because I just made a big batch, but if you are in a pinch, you can use store bought pesto, it is incredible.

I finish the dish with fresh basil and salt and pepper. That’s it! Six ingredients and less than 30 minutes needed to make this easy chicken dinner! This dish is great hot or cold and makes great leftovers too!

Now, if you want an easy vegetarian meal, you can leave the chicken out. The pesto tortellini will be good on it’s own too. And sometimes I finish the dish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese because more cheese is always a good idea:)

Add this easy Chicken Pesto Tortellini recipe to your regular dinner rotation. It is a dinner favorite at our house and I think you will love it too! Need more easy dinner ideas? Check out our favorite 25 Easy Weeknight Dinners! You will want to make them all!

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Chicken Pesto Tortellini

You only need six ingredients to make this easy and cheesy chicken tortellini dinner. It is a family favorite!
4.19 from 22 votes


  • 12 oz cheese tortellini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • For garnish: fresh basil and Parmesan cheese, optional


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook tortellini according to package instructions. When finished cooking, drain the tortellini in a colander.
  • Meanwhile, cook the chicken. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken to the pan and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is browned and just cooked through, 4-5 minutes.
  • Pour the tortellini in a large bowl. Add cooked chicken pieces and tomatoes. Gently stir in the basil pesto, stirring until the tortellini, chicken, and tomatoes are well coated with the pesto. Add the freshly chopped basil and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Garnish with fresh basil and parmesan cheese, if desired.


If you want a vegetarian dish, you can leave out the chicken.


Calories: 523kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 89mg, Sodium: 761mg, Potassium: 447mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1195IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 183mg, Iron: 3mg

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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    1. They make the BEST GF pasta! I don’t think they have tortellini, but you could use another pasta.

  1. I love chicken. I will definitely try out this recipe.

    Thanks for the recipe. Will DM you the picture it goes well 🙂

  2. I love Delallo’s tortellinis! I need to try their pesto now, too! This looks like the perfect late Summer dinner! 

  3. 5 stars
    Whenever I go out with my family, we always love to eat Chicken Pesto Tortellini only! This recipe is my favorite one and this time I will try it in my kitchen also. So easy to made and need only six ingredients to make a delicious recipe.
    I would love to make these awesome recipes in future also.
    Thank for sharing!

  4. 4 stars
    Yum, yum, yum! I really love these types of dinners, and this one in particular.
    Definitely will be repeated in my house!

  5. 2 stars
    It was full of carbs and just a little protein in it. The flavor is not my cup of tea. It was “okay” for my husband 

  6. 5 stars
    This was delicious, my family loved it. I made it just as written, served some shredded Parmesan on the side.

  7. 5 stars
    I did 1.5 pounds of chicken breast, and added in asparagus spears cut into pieces and added a little pesto sauce, some sea salt and sprinkled with mozzarella