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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.

Source: EatingWell.com, 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

about 1 cup
422 calories; protein 31.4g; carbohydrates 32.2g; dietary fiber 0.8g; sugars 3.5g; fat 18.4g; saturated fat 3.9g; cholesterol 70.4mg; vitamin a iu 635.9IU; vitamin c 2.9mg; folate 58.5mcg; calcium 168.2mg; iron 2.5mg; magnesium 26.8mg; potassium 416.7mg; sodium 714.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

3 fat, 3 lean protein, 2 starch, 1/2 vegetable