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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!
4.2 from 5 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