Creamy Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

Fast and easy weeknight dinner.

Adapted from Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Metric System
Servings
  • 8 oz broccoli
  • 8 oz pasta
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2.7 oz pesto
  • 4 oz chicken broth
  • 16 oz chicken
  • 3 tsp oil
  • Step 1

    Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Once it reaches a full boil, add the pasta and continue to boil just until the pasta is tender, but still slightly firm in the center (7-8 minutes). Once the pasta is tender, add the frozen broccoli florets to the water with the pasta and continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes, or until the broccoli is tender. Drain the pasta and broccoli in a colander.

    Step 2

    While the pasta is cooking, cut the chicken breast into ½-inch pieces. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the chicken and continue to cook until the outside of the chicken pieces are white, but they're still tender in the center (they will continue to cook as more ingredients are added).

    Step 3

    Add the chicken broth to the skillet with the chicken and allow it to heat through. Once hot, add the cream cheese (cut into small pieces) and pesto. Continue to stir and cook until the cream cheese has melted and created a smooth, creamy sauce with the pesto and chicken broth.

    Step 4

    Finally, add the cooked and drained pasta and broccoli to the skillet and stir to coat it in the cream sauce. If the sauce becomes too dry or thick, add another splash of chicken broth to loosen it up. Serve hot.

    Step 1

    Large skillet

    Finally, add the cooked and drained pasta and broccoli to the skillet and stir to coat it in the cream sauce. Serve hot.

    Step 2

    Pot

    Drain the pasta and broccoli in a colander.

    Step 3

    Pot

    Add the frozen broccoli to the water with the pasta and continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes, or until the broccoli is tender.

  • 8 oz broccoli
  • Step 4

    Pot

    Add the pasta and continue to boil just until the pasta is tender, but still slightly firm in the center (7-8 minutes).

  • 8 oz pasta
  • Step 5

    Pot

    Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta.

    Step 6

    Large skillet

    Add the cream cheese and pesto to skillet, and cook until cream cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 0.333333333333333 cup pesto
  • Step 7

    Large skillet

    Add the chicken broth to the skillet with the chicken and allow it to heat through.

  • 0.5 cup chicken broth
  • Step 8

    Large skillet

    Add the chicken to skillet and cook.

  • 1 lb chicken
  • Step 9

    Large skillet

    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  • 1 tbsp oil
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