Use our Basil Pesto to whip up this crowd-pleasing creamy pasta dish.

Everyday Food, September 2005

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap. With a meat mallet or heavy skillet, pound chicken to an even 3/4-inch thickness. Season with salt and pepper.

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  • Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet; cook the chicken until golden brown and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Slice each piece across the grain into 4 or 5 strips; cover to keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water. Drain pasta and return to pot.

  • In a small saucepan, heat pesto over low until liquefied. Stir in cream; heat until warm. Toss pasta with reserved cooking water and half the sauce. Divide among shallow bowls; top with chicken. Drizzle with remaining sauce.

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Reviews (15)

366 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 67
  • 4 star values: 80
  • 3 star values: 127
  • 2 star values: 64
  • 1 star values: 28
Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2019
Simple and good.
Rating: 1 stars
09/14/2018
horrible. Done with martha's crap. Year ago, when she spent time on each recipe her stuff was good. Now, it's all about sell, sell,..... no quality whatsoever
Rating: Unrated
06/14/2017
Wow! Loved the dish. Made a few changes. Added generous fresh chopped garlic, salt, along with other Italian herbs. Added mushrooms to the pesto. Doubled the sauce. In the end added cherry tomatoes and cooked for a minute. Topped with fresh basil leaves. I'm in love with this recipe. Making it again.
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Rating: Unrated
02/20/2017
My Italian inspired Valentine's Day dinner turned out superb. I loved how easy, fast and delicious it was to prepare. I am no cook but I felt like a true Italian chef. I purchased heart shape pasta from Italy and then I used a dry pesto, Purdue Chicken packets already pre seasoned with and italian seasonings and it turned out very flavorful.
Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2013
My husband thought the sauce needed a little more flavor, but I did enjoy it.
Rating: Unrated
06/10/2013
This is great! My pesto was in a jar from Stonewall Kitchen - I didn't have cream so used milk with a tiny bit of added butter (1/2 tablespoon) and added about a scant tablespoon of flour to thicken more. Salt, pepper and perfect! So simple and about 20 minutes to finish.
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Rating: Unrated
04/16/2013
Very very good. I sautéed fresh garlic along with the chicken, added basting oil and butter and caramelized the chicken. I also doubled the cream sauce as it was a little too dry. This recipe is full of flavor and displays beautifully in front of friends and family. You'll look like a superstar chef with this one.
Rating: Unrated
09/29/2012
i didn't make it yet, but I can tell you what it laks : parmesan !
Rating: Unrated
09/17/2012
After reading the other reviews I added extra salt and pepper, some garlic, 1/2 chopped red chili and a 1/4 cup of chicken stock instead of the reserved pasta water. AMAZING!
Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2012
OK have to say - A M A Z I N G - with one exception. Yes, rather bland. But it's the pesto cream sauce. I seasoned the chicken GENEROUSLY. We had to add a bit of salt - and we NEVER add salt to anything - to the pasta/chicken mix once it was served. Once you can get past that little problem this is THE most tasteful dish. SO good! Just remember to season a bit more than usual ...
Rating: Unrated
06/19/2011
This recipe has a short ingredient list but turns out a restaurant-worthy dish. Don't use jarred pesto like I did. Homemade pesto can lend a fresh brightness that jarred could never do.
Rating: Unrated
02/26/2011
Although it was pretty easy to make, my boyfriend and I thought it was a bit bland. We have to admit, we did use store bought pesto (but a good brand) and we used "fresh fettuccine". But besides that we followed the recipe and it was just a bit plain. We agreed that maybe the chicken should be cooked with garlic or some flavor. I usually don't add salt to much, but we both though this needed it among other things. There was just something missing. But I love pesto so would try again
Rating: Unrated
09/08/2010
you could also add pignolia nuts and fresh mushrooms instead of the chicken and its great
Rating: Unrated
11/01/2008
This recipe is great ! the only ingredient I added was some chopped up sun dried tomatoes and romano cheese to finish it. thanks for the recipe. Kimberly in NY
Rating: Unrated
11/01/2008
This recipe is great ! the only ingredient I added was some chopped up sun dried tomatoes and romano cheese to finish it. thanks for the recipe. Kimberly in NY
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