Chicken Pesto Pasta

March 20, 2020
Chicken basil pesto pasta salad, a fresh satisfying summer salad.

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The Best Pasta Salad

Sorry if I sounded a little braggy, but this is the best pesto pasta salad that I have ever made.
I have a picky eater at home, who loves pasta but not my simple Angel hair, lemon and Olive oil salad

Perhaps the pasta shapes that makes her wants to eat more!!!

How to roast cherry tomatoes on truss

What Goes Well with Pesto Pasta?

This pesto pasta recipe can be eaten on its own without any side dishes.
Sprinkle some parmesan, roasted pine nuts and torn fresh basil leaves, that makes a delicious meal on its own.

To make a complete meal and to add more vegetables and protein to the dish, I added roasted cherry tomatoes on truss and pan seared chicken breast.

This Homemade pesto sauce is still the star ingredient!!

Homemade Pesto sauce

How To Make Pesto Pasta from Scratch?

To make this pesto pasta takes less than 30 minutes to whip up.

The ingredients are listed in the printable Recipe card below together with the descriptions on how to cook the pasta, to roast the cherry tomatoes and to pan sear the chicken.

With a bottle of Homemade Pesto sauce, all is required is to mix the pesto sauce with pasta, sliced chicken and serve with roasted tomatoes.

Do not forget to sprinkle parmesan cheese before serving. This is a MUST step to have a satisfying, delicious plate of pesto pasta.

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Best Pasta to Use with Pesto?

Most pasta shapes can be used to make pesto pasta but I highly recommend to used either penne, fusilli or Rotelle.

These type of pasta either has grooves to coat with pesto sauce or holes that big enough, so the pesto sauce will be caught in between.

In saying that, if you don't have these pasta shapes, just used what ever pasta packet in your larder.

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Other Pasta recipes for all Pasta lovers!!!

Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe

Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe
Yield: 4
Chicken pesto pasta salad is a comforting and tasty dinner. A fresh satisfying summer salad bursting with flavour.


  • 500g dried pasta
  • A jar of homemade pesto sauce
  • 300g cherry tomatoes on truss
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 pieces of chicken breast 
  • Pine nuts
  • Basil leaves for garnishing


How to cook Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe

Prepping and Cooking Chicken
  1. Pat dry chicken
  2. Drizzle some olive oil
  3. sprinkle salt and pepper
  4. Heat up a non stick fry pan
  5. Place chicken and cook for 8 minutes until charred. See note 1.
  6. Turn the chicken over. 
  7. repeat.
  8. Slash the mid portion to check on doneness.
  9. Add few more minutes if still pink and raw.
  10. Set aside on a plate, cover with aluminium foil for the chicken to continue cooking
  11. Slice when its cool.
Roasting Cherry Tomatoes on Truss
  1. Pre-heat oven to 170C (fan forced)
  2. Wash, clean and pat dry.
  3. Using toothpick, prick a small hole into the tomatoes. This is to release pressure building in the tomatoes.
  4. Drizzle olive oil.
  5. Season with salt and pepper
  6. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes 
  7. Set aside for later use.
Pesto Pasta
  1. Cook pasta as per instruction on the packet.
  2. Strain the pasta in the colander
  3. Transfer to heat proof mixing bowl.
  4. Add homemade pesto sauce
  5. Mix thoroughly until the pasta are nicely coated with pesto sauce.
  6. Divide pesto pasta into 4 servings
  7. Add sliced pan seared chicken and roasted cherry tomatoes.
  8. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese and pine nuts.
  9. Serve immediately


1. depending on the size, may take longer if bigger chicken breast pieces is used
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Chicken basil pesto pasta salad makes a comforting and tasty dinner.  A fresh satisfying summer salad bursting with flavour. One of the best pesto pasta recipes, and it is easy to whip up on a busy weekday.