Extremely rich combination of chicken, spinach and creamy pesto sauce. Serve with crunchy bread and romaine salad--it's the best!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, saute for 1 minute; then add chicken and cook for 7 to 8 minutes on each side. When chicken is close to being cooked through (no longer pink inside), add spinach and saute all together for 3 to 4 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, prepare Alfredo sauce according to package directions. When finished, stir in 2 tablespoons pesto; set aside.

  • In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Rinse under cold water and drain.

  • Add chicken/spinach mixture to pasta, then stir in pesto/Alfredo sauce. Mix well, top with cheese and serve.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

572 calories; 19.3 g total fat; 84 mg cholesterol; 1707 mg sodium. 57.3 g carbohydrates; 41.9 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2005
Excellent!!! I've made this countless times. I use Classico brand basil pesto (small jar green) and a jar of Classico brand Garlic Alfredo sauce. Instead of just the 2 cups of spinach I use the entire bag of baby spinach leaves and add a couple of button mushrooms sliced thinly. I sear my boneless skinless chicken breasts first (sprinkled with creole seasoning/cayenne pepper for spiciness) and once they are cooked through I set them aside wrapped in tin foil until everything else is done then chop them into bite sized pieces and toss them in the sauce. The chicken stays very moist and tender this way. I also like to throw some diced tomato (lightly salted) on top before serving. So delicious. This is one of the best pasta dishes I've found on this site - definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/07/2013
Rather bland. But I made it according to the instructions with the alfredo mix rather than using the jar sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2005
Excellent!!! I've made this countless times. I use Classico brand basil pesto (small jar green) and a jar of Classico brand Garlic Alfredo sauce. Instead of just the 2 cups of spinach I use the entire bag of baby spinach leaves and add a couple of button mushrooms sliced thinly. I sear my boneless skinless chicken breasts first (sprinkled with creole seasoning/cayenne pepper for spiciness) and once they are cooked through I set them aside wrapped in tin foil until everything else is done then chop them into bite sized pieces and toss them in the sauce. The chicken stays very moist and tender this way. I also like to throw some diced tomato (lightly salted) on top before serving. So delicious. This is one of the best pasta dishes I've found on this site - definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2016
SO nice with SO many variations. Hey you 3 star raters it's you not the recipe... Use any Alfredo sauce dry or in a jar. Use any Pesto you like. I use home made "Lite Alfredo" sauce and home made Pesto. Add any vegetable you want onion and mushrooms are excellent. Use any pasta on hand. Always use more garlic than called for and definitely more Spinach than suggested (5 oz tub works well). Prawns and/or chicken work great. Add Parmesan or other cheese if you like. Everyone loves this dish in any form!! BTW I agree w/ calizen on the seasonings (Jerk et al) then searing as well...I actually do that too. It up seasons the chicken to my liking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2006
Absolutely wonderful.....my hubby who does not like alfredo loved it. I used sun dried tomato pesto a whole bag of baby spinach added onion in when I sauted the chicken added sun dried tomatoes when I added the baby spinach and used 1 cup of four cheese alfredo sauce. Next time I will cut back the sauce to 3/4 cup. But I will make again and again! Thank you for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/03/2003
This was just ok but I think with a little tweaking it would be good. First olive oil on medium-high heat is enough to completely blacken minced garlic-- as I found out quickly enough. Second one should absolutely add as much spinach as one can get one's hands on-- the amount called for in the recipe once wilted is next to none especially for those like me who find the spinach the most appetizing part of the recipe to begin with. And make sure your pesto is very fresh-- mine wasn't and therefore did not add the lovely pungent flavor I was expecting. Otherwise preparation was relatively easy and straightforward and the number of ingredients few enough that I will try it again hopefully with a better end result. Thanks for posting! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2006
I don't give 5 stars unless something is incredible and this recipe is not only incredible but it is very easy and looks beautiful! This tastes like something you would get at an Italian restaurant. I put in about twice as much spinach as the recipe called for because I like spinach but besides that I followed the recipe as written. I will DEFINATELY be keeping this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2007
This is a great recipe. I only used a 1.6 oz.Knorr Alfredo sauce mix and a whole package of spinach. It cut down on calories and the added spinach was great. I also used 2 chicken breast for the recipe for 4 and it was plenty of chicken. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2003
I used a an entire 10 oz bag of spinach and it was the perfect amount. I made a packet of garlic alfredo and also made the pesto from a mix and the dish came out wonderfully. Microwaves well the second day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2007
Wow - tastes great presents great but easy to make. As others suggested I doubled the spinach but could have easily tripled it! I used a jar of sauce and made my own pesto from the 'Easy Pesto' recipe on this site. The hard part was waiting for the noodles to cook and not dipping into the sauce. Fantastic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
I altered this a bit by using already-cooked & shelled shrimp instead of chicken and it was fabulous!! Even my picky 8-year old ate some and enjoyed it. A direct quote from my husband: "So are you going to make this every night now?" I used Knorr Alfredo sauce mix which wasn't as large a package as the recipe calls for but it made plenty of sauce. I also used a full 16 ounces of pasta and it was still delicious. I'm looking forward to trying this again with chicken! Read More
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