One Pan Chicken Pesto Pasta

One Pan Chicken Pesto Pasta. Who doesn’t love the whole one pan/pot concept?

One pan, one meal. I know I love them, so I’ve been slowly building up my “one pan/pot wonders” list because a) who doesn’t love the idea of only dirtying one pan and b) less dishes = happy me/you.

And this recipe has it all. Literally.

In this dreamy one pan chicken pesto pasta dish, I cooked up chicken, shallots and garlic and then blistered tomatoes before adding in the broccoli, basil pesto, sundried tomatoes, pasta and broth. Then the whole thing simmers for about 10 minutes. Add in a splash of cream and simmer for 2 more minutes. Bingo-bango done.

This recipe does have it’s good share of prep work. As I always say, prepping is key! So cut the broccoli into small florets, chop the shallot, slice the garlic clove and dice the chicken. Then pre-measure everything and you’re good to go! Every recipe runs smoother when the prep work is done in advance.

Heat a large 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot drizzle in about a tablespoon of olive oil and drop in a tablespoon of unsalted butter as well. Once melted, add in all the chicken into an even layer and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes or until the chicken is almost fully cooked and has a nice golden crust on the bottom. Stir and cook fully before transferring to a plate.

Reduce the heat to medium, and then to the remaining oil/butter in the pan, add the shallots and sauté for a couple minutes. Add in the sliced garlic and cook for one more minute before transferring the shallot/garlic combo to the plate of chicken.

Throw in the tomatoes, and toss to coat in the oil. If needed, add a splash more olive oil.

Add in the broccoli and toss to cook until the tomatoes are tender enough to smash with the back of your spatula.

Then add in the 1/3 cup of each basil pesto (homemade or store-bought) and chopped sundried tomatoes.

Next add in the pasta. I’m using gemeli, but any short pasta should work. Then pour in 4 cups of low-sodium chicken broth.

Cover the pan with a lid and bring to a boil. Then remove the lid and simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. The pasta will absorb a lot of the liquid, leaving you enough to make a sauce!

Add the chicken, onions and garlic back into the pan along with a couple tablespoons of heavy cream. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and red pepper flakes (optional), then let that simmer for a few minutes before adding in 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan.

Top with chopped parsley or basil and serve!

This one pan chicken pesto pasta will fill your home with the most intoxicating aroma! And the flavor will knock your socks off! I like to round out the meal with a spinach (or chopped) salad and maybe some grilled slices of bread. And wine.

Always, wine.

Cheers to one pan meals!


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One Pan Chicken Pesto Pasta

In this dreamy one pan chicken pesto pasta dish, cooked chicken and pasta are with blistered tomatoes and broccoli in a pesto and sundried tomato sauce!

Yield: about 4 to 6 depending

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: about 35 minutes

Total Time: about 55 minutes


1 tablespoon of olive oil, more if needed

1 tablespoon of butter

1-1/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite pieces
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepepr

1/4 cup diced shallots (or yellow onion could be substituted)

3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced thin

1 pint cherry tomatoes

3 to 4 cups broccoli florets

1/3 cup chopped sundried tomatoes (in oil or dry)

1/3 cup pesto (homemade or store bought)

2 cups short pasta (like gemelli)

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (more or less to taste)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 pinches chili flakes (optional)

2 tablespoons of heavy cream

1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, divided


Heat a large 12-inch skillet with a tablespoon of oil and butter over medium-high heat. Season the cubed chicken with a generous pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Once the pan is hot, add the chicken in an even layer. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes or until a deep golden crust appears. Turn the chicken and finish cooking before transferring to a clean plate.

Reduce the heat to medium and add in the shallots. Stir and cook until softened, adding a splash of oil if needed. Add in the sliced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Transfer the onions and garlic to the plate with the chicken.

Add a teaspoon or of olive oil to the skillet and add the tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally until the skin splits and they start to burst. Throw in the broccoli and smash the tomatoes with the back of your spoon.

Next add in the pesto, sundried tomatoes and pasta. Stir and pour in the chicken broth. Cover and bring to a boil, then remove the lid, reduce heat to medium/ medium-high and continue to simmer for 10 minutes or until the pasta is tender.

Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and a couple pinches of red pepper flakes, if using. Add in a couple tablespoons of heavy cream and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese.

Serve with chopped fresh parsley or basil and extra Parmesan cheese.

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