Phenomenal Chicken and Pasta in Creamy Pesto Sauce


An extremely delicious meal: the crunch of pine nuts and the tang of sun-dried tomatoes combine with chicken and pasta in a heavenly pesto cream sauce. Be sure to taste and salt before serving, because depending on what kind of chicken broth you use, the dish may require no salt at all or may be extremely under-salted.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
6 servings



  • 2 cups fresh basil

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • cup pine nuts

  • 1 medium ripe tomato, chopped

  • ¼ cup olive oil


  • ¼ cup chicken broth

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 2 tablespoons dried basil

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips

  • 1 (16 ounce) package dried penne pasta

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • ½ (8 ounce) jar oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and sliced

  • cup pine nuts

  • ½ cup white wine

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • salt to taste


  1. Place basil, garlic, Parmesan, pine nuts, and tomato in a food processor. Gradually add olive oil, while pulsing, until mixture is smooth and creamy.

  2. In a bowl, stir together chicken broth, 1 cup white wine, dried basil, oregano, and minced garlic. Stir in chicken pieces.

  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until just al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain, and rinse under cold water. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Set aside.

  4. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions, and sprinkle with sugar. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts, and cook about 3 minutes. Stir in chicken and marinade. Stir in 1/2 cup white wine. Simmer chicken pieces, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.

  5. Add pasta and pesto to the skillet. Stir in cream, and cook until the sauce is thickened. Adjust salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, and serve with freshly grated Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

943 Calories
50g Fat
71g Carbs
46g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 943
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 50g 64%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 221mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 46g
Vitamin C 28mg 142%
Calcium 189mg 15%
Iron 7mg 36%
Potassium 1086mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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