This healthy chicken pesto pasta is easy to make thanks to convenience ingredients like rotisserie chicken and store-bought pesto. The addition of fresh asparagus--which is cooked in the same pot as the pasta--brightens up the look and the flavors of this family-friendly and easy one-pot dinner. Fresh basil, if you have it on hand, is a nice finishing touch.

Pam Lolley
Source:, April 2019


Recipe Summary

15 mins
30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cook pasta in a large pot according to package directions. Add asparagus to the pot during the final 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water.

  • Return the pasta mixture to the pot; stir in chicken, pesto, salt and pepper. Stir in the reserved cooking water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach desired consistency. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish; sprinkle with Parmesan and garnish with basil, if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

422 calories; protein 31.4g 63% DV; carbohydrates 32.2g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 0.8g 3% DV; sugars 3.5g; fat 18.4g 28% DV; saturated fat 3.9g 20% DV; cholesterol 70.4mg 24% DV; vitamin a iu 635.9IU 13% DV; vitamin c 2.9mg 5% DV; folate 58.5mcg 15% DV; calcium 168.2mg 17% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 26.8mg 10% DV; potassium 416.7mg 12% DV; sodium 714.1mg 29% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 11% DV.