Chicken Pesto a la Lisa
The true family-loved pasta dinner--fast and furious with flavor.
The true family-loved pasta dinner--fast and furious with flavor.
This turned out fantastic. My husband raved!. Next time I might try adding a little more sun-dried tomatoes and maybe some artichoke hearts...
Of all the recipes that I've tried on allrecipes.com, this one has to rate as the tastiest. The pesto flavor comes out well but is not overpowering. I put the feta cheese on a little too early, but that just added to the tanginess of the sauce. I highly recommend this. Thanks, Lisa!!
This was pretty good but not my favorite. Maybe I did something wrong but I had to add a lot of spices. Family said it was ok!
This was excellent. I am eating the leftovers for lunch right now. I think next time I will cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and after browning, cook them in the sauce to keep it moist and flavorful.
I've tried this recipe several times now and it turns out great every time. Try this recipe if you want to impress your friends and family - it really does look and taste like restaurant food...maybe better. By the way, pesto is super easy to make if you don't want to buy it already prepared.
Feta cheese and sun-dried tomotoes really make this dish great. I also added broccoli, sliced grape tomotoes and used whole wheat penne pasta. Took the advise of another and substituted 1/4 cup white wine for some of the chicken broth. Can't wait to make again.
This recipe was great. I am a vegetarian and my boyfriend isn't so I divided it up in half and sauteed his chicken with the sauce in a separate pan at the end. I used the sauce for the 6 serving to serve the 2 of us since we love sauce. I also added fresh spinach. For rehydrating the sundried tomatoes boil the chicken broth first then soak the sundried tomatoes in that for 5 minutes. They will turn out nice and soft and easy to chop.
Sorry, I haven't actually tried this one. I was rating another one and accidently clicked on this one. They should have a delete review button. It is on my list to make though!
This is a yummy recipe. I've made it with regular pesto and sun-dried tomato pesto with delicious results both times.
This was very good. I used only 3 chicken breasts, half the amount of pasta called for, but used the full amount of sauce, along with my own homemade pesto. I did thicken the sauce with twice the amount of cornstarch because it was still a little on the thin side as written. Used penne, rather than fusilli pasta, as that is what I had in my pantry. I think adding some fresh chopped tomatoes or sliced grape tomatoes at the end would be a nice touch. Thanks for the nice recipe, Lisa!
I am on the south beach, so i skipped the pasta and the corn startch, used "south beach approved feta", and this was still DEEE-LISH!!!! Really great! Found that chopping up the chicken into chunks after its cooked, simmering in the sauce for a bit when its almost done and serving it "ala Cacciatore" style makes it yummy and easier to eat!
This a true family favorite, we can eat this once a week with no complaints
I have made this recipe about 5 times so far & have always received rave reviews on it. It's a simple dish to make but tastes complex.
Awesome! I added a about a 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes. I also add about 2 tbs. of milk to make it a little creamier. The recipe didn't call for onion, salt or pepper but I added a little of all of those too! :)
My husband thought this was great; the rest of us thought only "good". The chicken broth seemed to overpower the dish and I couldn't taste the feta . I liked the ease of preparation and cooking method though. I did leave out the pine nuts to spare both the expense and the time to toast them. I think I would try adding next time. I might replace some of the chicken broth with white wine.
This is probably in my top 5 recipes that I have made from this site! So good and was loved by my whole family, everyone had seconds (or in the case of my 3 year old, thirds!) and I am looking forward to the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I thought this tasted so good that it's almost restaurant quality. In fact, it surpassed my last visit to an Italian chain. Very quick to make so it's great for a weeknight meal without much fuss or chopping. Next time I make it I might leave out the feta cheese because we really couldn't taste it at all, not a complaint, just an observation and another way to save a little money. Thank you for this fantastic meal, Lisa!
The taste of this recipe was excellent. I reconstituted the sun-dried tomatoes and then chopped them, this was much easier. I did forget the fresh basil but again, the taste was wonderful. I can't rate this 5 stars because with the amazing ingredients, this was an absolutely ugly meal! I mean, this looked like stew and not a good one. The color of the sauce ended up being really dark and weird. So the flavors were perfect but I always eat with my eyes first and I was worried. Good meal for home, not so good for presentation.
Very good recipe.When it was time to eat, I did mix all the sauce in with my pasta and served with a vegetable salad on the side. Plus, I added half the feta cheese into the sauce near the end to melt it a little and then sprinkled the other half when serving the dish.N.B: Some Fetas are saltier then others so if you want this recipe less salty use less feta or buy a feta that has low sodium in the brine.
This was great. Next time I am going to add some thinly sliced red and green peppers to it!
This was very flavorful and surprisingly easy! The only note I would make is to use a good strong feta for flavor contrast. I used a mild version and it would have been better with stronger feta flavor.
The flavor of this recipe was delicious, but the consistency of the sauce seemed a little too runny.
My daughter walked in and said, 'That smells delicious'! Honestly, I felt at that moment that if it tasted half as good as it smelled and looked, I would be happy. It smells and tastes good. Would look great on the table at a potluck supper too! The only thing I might do different is to cook the chicken longer and on lower heat before adding the cornstarch mixture. My chicken was a little chewier than I would really like. I also would double the sauce portion, as my family really loves sauce. All in all, this is a definite 'make again' dish!
This dish is VERY good. I use the precooked, precubed, frozen chicken to save time. The ready to use sun-dried tomatoes are also a time saver. My husband loves this one!
Excellent recipe! I cut the chicken up into bite sized pieces and mixed the whole thing up with the pasta in a big bowl. It turned out awesome! I think next time I'd like to add a few fresh mushrooms. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!
Oh .... this is my recipe. Well I should review it then. One of our all-time favorites! It's especially cool when my family members now make it for other family members and they tell me how much they love this recipe.
My family loved this recipe but I used the brand new Classico Pesto which may have made a difference. It was very quick to make and it tasted almost too fancy for a weekday meal.
This is very good, the recipe was forwarded to me by a friend that uses this website regularly. I used sun dried tomatoes in olive oil because that was what I had on hand, and browned the chicken (which I cut into bite sized pieces) in the tomatoes which had been drained and chopped. I have also made this with feta that contains basil and sundried tomatoes and it was very good as well.
Very yummy. I skipped the part of soaking the sun-dr. tom. in chicken broth, b/c I use the kind that come packed in oil. I added a bit more pinenuts and more pesto than what the recipe called for, but other than that, I did everything as it said, and we really liked the dish a lot -- yum!
Sorry but I have to give this a thumbs down. Even with the sauce, the chicken was lacking flavor. I had put some salt and pepper on it when I was cooking it but it was pretty flavorless. My husband, who is not very picky, gave it an "eh". My suggestion is seasoning the chicken before cooking it.
So much flavor! Added this to my recipe box, will be making again and again!
Very tasty! Added sliced fresh mushrooms and artichoke hearts as I had them on hand and needed to use them. Used fresh roma tomatoes as I didn't have sun dried on hand. Definitely make this one again!
This is one of our favorite recipes on this site although it's one of the more expensive to make with the pesto (if you don't make your own) and the pinenuts. I follow it to a "T" except that I also use some white wine with the chicken broth. I've doubled it and had leftovers cold and it's great that way as well! Love it!
This was good and fairly easy too. I enjoyed all the various flavors. Family liked it too. I will make this again. I was tricked up a bit with the cornstarch instructions, so read that part carefully - it's clear if you read it slowly. Yummy.
This dish is really yummy!!! I made it exactly like the recipe said to and I made my own pesto with homegrown basil. My children even liked it!!! This dish feeds more like 8 people instead of 6. We had lots left over to have again the next day!
There are few recipes I get so excited about, but this one was amazing! I added some fresh chopped tomatoes to the finished sauce as another reviewer suggested, and threw in some extra parmesan. YUM!
I loved the dish, or at least how I made it. I made my own pesto and didn't think that it needed any extra basil or pinenuts after I mixed everything together. I also subbed out about 1/4 c. of the stock for some white wine. I also used orchetti pasta, and next time I think I'll add a touch of cream to the sauce at the end.
AMAZING SOOO MUCH FLAVOR!!!!!
What a delicious recipe. After reading some reviews, I didn't change a thing, except I put the chicken mixture over penne pasta. I made homemade pesto several weeks ago, and also had toasted pine nuts left over from that, ready to use. My husband raved about the meal - a definite keeper.
This turned out great, but only got 4 starts becuase I did some touchups...ok, first I marinated 4 chicken breast overnight in chicken broth, a bit of olive oil, garlic, basil and black pepper (the chicken came out really tender). I did not use the sun dried tomatoes...which I do not think you need at all. The other change I made to this was instead of the feta cheese I added 3/4 cups of a shredded mix of Asiago, Parmesean, Provolone and Mozzerella cheese...soooo yummy!!!! The leftovers were really great the next day too...!!!!
This was good but if I make again I will double the sauce, I skipped the pine nuts, and instead of frying the chicken I baked in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes and sprinkled with basil garlic salt and cayenne. I will use more feta next time to, very flavourful
I loved it and my family too. I tried first just with my husband, we liked so much that I made it again for the whole family for my husband's birthday, 16 people, everybody loved it. Thanks so much. I felt like a star. :) I made it with whole wheat past for us but white pasta for the family. Loved the whole wheat better.
Very fast and easy with good flavor. I would cut back on the garlic a bit next time. I'll definitely make it again.
I loved this recipe. It tasted just as great as the similar recipes that call for cream...minus all the fat and calories!
This recipe IS AWESOME!!! I've made it for several people and get the same response EVERY TIME!!
This was GREAT! So full of flavor and definitly restaurant quality! I even liked it cold.
Impressive...lovely taste!.. nice with rice!
Everyone in the family loved this recipe. I browned chicken strips first and then removed the chicken and added 1 onion and the garlic to the pan to fry up. I then added the chicken and remaining ingredients together and simmered for 30 minutes. the chicken was very moist. I added the cheese and pine nuts just before serving. It's a keeper according my young adult family of 5.
Very good for the amount of time it takes. Served with a spring mix salad.
Mmmm, delicious, as I expected! I only used 3 chicken breasts but left everything else almost the same, because I was only serving 2 people & was sure we would love the sauce. We ate it ALL, with half a box of angel hair!! The only thing I did not do was add fresh basil to the sauce - I used all my basil to make an extra-large batch of pesto, forgetting to reserve a few leaves. Fabulous dish in any season; thanks so much!
This dish puts Italian restaurant recipes to shame! Wonderful flavor! Didn't have fusilli pasta but whole grain penne worked just fine. I also used low sodium chicken broth since the cheeses had enough salt. Next time I'll double up on the sundried tomatoes- they're my favorite. I'll be keeping this one on my favorites list!
Excellent!! Used chicken sausage and didn't have the pine nuts. Sauted 2/3 bag of baby spinach with the sausage, garlic and olive oil. Used 2 cups of broth and 3/4 package of pasta (we like more sauce). Can't wait to try again, maybe with some shrimp. Thanks Lisa, this is a keeper.
This was very tasty. Lots of flavor! I cooked the chicken breasts whole in a pan in olive oil and then cut the chicken up in small pieces before mixing it in with the pasta and sauce. It made a lot. There were four of us eating and we have a lot of leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
Made this tonight for my hubby for his birthday. Wow! This website has definitely changed my cooking, and this recipe exemplifies what great tasting recipes can be found on here. Made this pretty much exactly as listed. Added a few more cloves of garlic though, cus you can always use more garlic! Next time I might toast more pine nuts though - they added such a delicious nutty flavor to this, it was definitely a great touch. The feta I had on hand was sun dried tomato feta, and I was worried the flavor would be too much because I already had chopped sun dried tomatoes in there, but can't say it hurt it any! Also had to add a teeny bit more cornstarch because sauce was still a bit too thin. Served it over whole wheat fusilli. This is definitely a keeper!
I've made this recipe many times and everyone loves it! It's my daughter's favorite, and I'm making it for her birthday dinner.
This is a nice easy meal. I used fresh tomatoes as that is what I had on hand and it is really good.
I made this using very little of the feta cheese. I thought it would be way too salty for us if I added the entire amount, and I was right. I gave it 5* with the elimination of the feta cheese. Next time I make this I won't use the feta at all, as I think it tastes better without it. This is a beautiful dish to serve.
Very good! I used flour instead of cornstarch because I couldn't find it at the grocery store, don't think i missed out on anything.
recently started cooking, and made this for the entire fam (all 5 of us), and they were so happy with the results. toasted the pine nuts with a bit of paprika on its own for a few minutes, then added half of it to the sauce... left the other half dry in a bowl for people to add if they wanted more. used more basil for more flavor...otherwise... definitely a good recipe
Wow! Great flavors combine to make an excellent meal. My husband loved it too! We'll be adding this to our favorites. Didn't change a thing, which is very unusual for me!!
This was a big hit with the Fam! I made fresh pesto (thanks to a co-worker's organic garden)The only changes I made were leaving out the sun-dried tomatoes and I used penne pasta. Also didn't add the basil leaves as my pesto was basil-y enough. Actually it was quite green but delicious! Thanks for sharing...
This recipe has become a favorite in my house. It's delicious. The leftovers are awesome eaten cold!
use pine nuts in the pesto, make fresh (that day) pesto
I was really happy with the way this turned out. Ended up using a lot more chicken than directed but the flavor and everything was just perfect!
Followed this recipe to the "t" and it was great! It tasted like something from Carrabbas! So quick - it will make a consistent staple in our weekday meals.
Loved it and hubby loved it! Would be perfect for entertaining! I added artichoke hearts!! YUMMY!
This was really good. It was a little salty, but still very, very good. Definitely a keeper. It was even better reheated the next day. Thanks Lisa!
really enjoyed this dish, there's a fantastic range of flavours. there's 2 of us but we always cook for 4 (saves cooking time during the week, as we both have full time jobs), and discovered that a night in the fridge allows the flavours to develop even more, so it's extra delicious on reheating. :)
When my husband exclaimed, "MMMM!" when he hadn't even chewed 3 times on his first bite, I knew we had a winner. 5 stars for yumminess, ease, and flexibilty. I made this recipe as-written except for the one big thing- I had a grocery store rotisserie chicken on-hand instead of boneless, skinless breasts. I sautee'd a bit of the chicken skin before adding two chopped zuchinnis. I still wanted to get that "pan-dripping" flavor from the chicken since I wouldn't be cooking any new chicken. My broth was homemade and probably a bit more rich than store-bought, too. Other than those (admittedly significant) changes, I followed the directions to a T and I KNOW I will be making this again! Used prepared pesto from Aldi (a special in the cooler section, not their regular jar pesto in the pasta section).
We absolutely love this recipe!! I have been making it since June of 2000, when I first discovered this website. If fact, this is the first time I have come back to this website!!! It is my husbands favorite, and he complains I don't make it enough! Thank you, Lisa!!
This is an excellent dish! The pine nuts and the feta cheese totally make the dish. My husband(who is a verry particular about how his food tastes) actually asked me what restraunt I ordered it from. Its a little time consuming but worth the effort. I used pre-made basil pesto sauce to save time. Freshly made pesto would make it even better.
This recipe is excellent; it tastes gourmet without the difficult preparation. The dried tomatoes were hard to chop, even when rehydrated, so I might use oil-packed next time. I sauteed the chicken in garlic olive oil for an even better boost of flavor. Mmmmm!
Very easy, very colorful, very versitle, and the fresh herbs explode in your mouth. I didnt have any pine nuts on hand but sub'ed in some crushed peanuts from a Thai meal the night before and it worked out wonderfully. Even the picky eater of the family liked it!
This was the first recipe I tried after becoming a member of Allrecipe.com. It was easy and very, very tasty. My husband is somewhat picky and my daughter needs bribery to try different menu items. Thank you Lisa for such a great recipe. I can't stay away from the site now!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
This makes so much. I suggest cutting it in half. The flavor was pretty good, but could have used a little more seasoning.
I made this for supper last night, after working all day, and it took very little time to whip it together. My spouse, who is a tomato sauce/marinara lover, raved about it and bragged it up to my folks this morning. He gave it an A+. I used the Pesto Sauce recipe that I found here as well. Delicious!
I used homemade pesto and I didn't have sundried tomatoes so I added fresh tomatoes to the sauce at the end of cooking, just to warm through. Very nice flavor. The feta cheese is a must!
we tossed cooked pasta in sauce.
I love this recipe! What's not to love? Pesto, cheeses, sun dried tomatoes, chicken and pasta. The whole family loved this and I will definitely make it again.
A note to Lisa...This was wonderful. Thanks...
I love this recipe! I follow the recipe almost exactly except I omit the cornstarch. Instead, I just keep cooking the chicken pesto mixture until much of the liquid has thickened on its own. I don't always use the feta; sometimes I just add more Parmesan cheese. Yummy. Thanks for this one!
Great dish...fairly easy to make, wonderful flavor. One of our favorites.
This is a really good recipe, great for company. I use my own pesto using the "Pesto" recipe on this site that was submitted by Valerie (3 c basil, 4 cloves garlic, 3/4 cup Parmesan, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup pine nuts)
The family loved this recipe! I served it with steamed broccoli and brown rice penne. We are eating Gluten Free and this fit our needs and tastes perfectly!
I thought that this recipe was just ok. My husband liked it (he eats everything!) Very easy to make but would not necessarily be in a rush to make again.
The sauce was very good, but be careful not to overcook the chicken. My chicken was on the dried side.
My girlfriends and I really enjoyed this dish!! It was truly wonderful...leftovers did not last long at all!!! SC
This is pretty good! A great way to use some pesto! even my boyfriend (not a big pesto guy) went back for more.
This meal was extremely easy to prepare and delicious. I did not add the fresh basil. I will definitely make this one again!
Loved this... great easy dinner - the whole familiy raved. I didn't change a thing!
My three children loved it!!!!
This recipe is awesome; my husband and I just love it, and have served it to company with rave reviews. It is very easy to make, especially if you prepare the ingredients ahead of time. Delicious and healthy, especially since we use whole wheat pasta. We don't bother with the parmesan; it is fabulous without it.
Excellent. My picky husband even loved it. He just let me know it even tasted better the 2nd day as leftovers.
This is a wonderful dinner. My family loved smelling it cook and ate every bite. I usually double the batch and freeze one or give one away. Get many compliments on it.
I made a few modifications to this recipe and absolutely LOVE it! I use goat cheese instead of feta and it is to die for! I highly recommend the swap if you like goat cheese. My hubby was requesting it for dinner- so that is a good sign!
This Pasta was SO good! My family was EXTREAMLY pleased! It wasn't hard to make at all. It took me about an hour to make the first time, but I'm sure the next time it'll be a snap!
a little greasy...i will drain the cooked chicken first before adding the rest. added chopped artichokes and white wine.
I added cherry tomatoes too. Definitely a great recipe.
Delicious and easy!