Flavorful Pesto Chicken Penne
If you’re looking for a quick and delicious weeknight dinner, look no further than our Flavorful Pesto Chicken Penne. This mouthwatering dish combines the vibrant flavors of homemade pesto with tender chicken and al dente penne pasta. It’s a family favorite that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds.
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound chicken breast, diced
- 12 ounces penne pasta
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- Start by making the pesto sauce. In a food processor, combine basil leaves, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pulse until finely chopped. With the processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the pesto is well blended.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Cook the diced chicken until it’s no longer pink in the center and has a nice golden color.
- Cook the penne pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked penne pasta, cooked chicken, cherry tomatoes, and the homemade pesto sauce. Toss everything together until well coated.
- Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese on top, cover the skillet, and let it melt for a couple of minutes.
- Serve your Flavorful Pesto Chicken Penne hot, garnished with fresh basil leaves and an extra sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
This Flavorful Pesto Chicken Penne is the perfect combination of fresh flavors and satisfying textures. The homemade pesto sauce takes this dish to the next level, and the tender chicken adds a protein-packed punch. Whether you’re cooking for your family or hosting a dinner party, this recipe is sure to impress.
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories 480 | Fat 31g | Carbohydrates 32g | Protein 21g
Make this Flavorful Pesto Chicken Penne tonight and watch it become a regular favorite in your household. It’s a delightful and satisfying meal that’s as easy to make as it is delicious!