Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes-one of our favorite pasta dishes to share with family and friends!
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!
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:)
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!
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
- 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
- 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 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.
- In the meantime, boil the pasta until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta water and return the pasta to the pot.
- 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.
Have you tried this recipe?
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Disclosure: this post is in partnership with DeLallo, but our opinions are our own.
This looks delicious!
I could eat this every day!!
Well, HELLO Pasta! That is gorgeous Maria, and what a great giveaway. 🙂
Can’t wait to try this recipe!
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 ;-).
What a tasty pasta dish!
I’m on a tortellini kick right now–tortellini soup, tortellini salad
looks like a perfect lunch for me today!!
Awesome looking recipe
Can’t wait to make this dish!
That is just gorgeous! What a perfect meal for the month of December. I love the festive colors!
LOVE LOVE LOVE all things pesto!
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.
Glad you liked the almonds!
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!
Love it!! You always make the tastiest treats – can’t wait to make this one too!
Yummy! We are doing a pasta bar for our family chirstmas this would be an awesome addition!
I love the pasta bar idea! Have fun!
This looks delicious!
All my favorites in one bowl.
Love the pesto & sun dried tomato combination! Great giveaway!
I love the variety of pasta-s and pesto-s….so many combinations possible
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 🙂
I’m always looking for a new easy pasta dish, and one with chicken is even better!!
This is how I make my pastas with pesto, too! I LOVE sundried tomatoes in them!
This looks so yummy!!! Love the red and green for the holidays too!
Such a great fast an easy weeknight meal!
A classic dish and just beautiful! Now I’m hungry! Pinned 🙂
My favorite Italian dish is Lasagna!
I pinned this because it looks so good. I also love penne pasta with five cheese sauce.
Simple and delicious! My family will love this recipe!
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.
My favorite pasta dish is Macaroni and Cheese, homemade…Not the Blue Box!
Wow…looks great! Would love to win as well.
Hooray for savory dishes! Love these flavors, Maria!
I love pesto and sundried tomatoes together!
Thanks for the cool giveaway!!
Thins looks sooo good. Will have to give this recipe a try.
That is one big pot of yum. I love the festive colors.
Pesto + pasta is usually my favorite kind of pasta dish, and this one looks great!
Anything pesto is my fav especilly a pasta like yours! Thanks for sharing!
My absolute favorite pasta is raviolis!! I LOVE the original spinach ones the most!
I love pesto pasta, this looks so good!
I like lasagna
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Such a great pasta ~ perfect for any time of year!
I love any kind of stuffed pastas- manicotti, ravioli, mezzaluna. Plain pasta can be boring if its not cooked in a delish sauce. This recipe looks amazing and has just been pinned 🙂
love all these ingredients! looking forward to making this for christmas. thanks for sharing yet another great recipe.
This dish looks amazing! I love your recipes!
This looks fantastic! I rarely enter contests, but this one was worth the time. 🙂
Might make a great Xmas afternoon meal with some wine before heading over to Grandma’s later for dinner.
What a great easy recipe for the holidays! I just picked up a jar of organic red pepper pesto from Costco’s and was thinking of using it for entertaining – I think it would be great with chicken and pasta too!
I love pretty much all pasta, but my favorite is spaghetti aglio e olio
I love alfredo
YUM. I need to make this!!
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I love a basic seafood pasta with any white cream sauce!
That pasta looks so good. Thank you 🙂
I love spaghetti
Wow, this looks delicious!! Sun dried tomatoes are my favorite!!!
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Pinning this on my “What’s for Dinner” board! Veggie Lasagna is my fave, but this dish looks delish!
I like baked ziti.
I just made this. . .YUM! I added feta and black olives cause I had them and they seemed to work. It is so good 🙂
Made this on Wednesday. It was delicious and looked fabulous. I love the sun dried tomatoes.
looks delicious I want to cook food that’s enjoyable to eat
I added some jarred artichokes and Italian herbs, and both were fantastic additions!! Thanks! 🙂
I made this. But I used fresh garlic and added some cream to my sauce. It’s fabulous
I love these combinations of ingredients. I would use the oil from oil packed sun dried tomatoes to sauté with in this recipe.
I’m gonna make this tonight.