One-Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta with Asparagus


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

one pot chicken pesto pasta
Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 cups


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast

  • 1 (7 ounce) container refrigerated basil pesto

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)

  • Small fresh basil leaves for garnish


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

422 Calories
18g Fat
32g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 422
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 31g 63%
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Vitamin A 636IU 13%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Folate 59mcg 15%
Sodium 714mg 31%
Calcium 168mg 13%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 27mg 6%
Potassium 417mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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