Creamy Pesto Chicken over Pasta

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Chicken and pasta are a great combination. When you add in a little homemade pesto sauce – you have got a dish fit for a king! Creamy Pesto Chicken came from trying to get the flavors of pesto without it over powering the whole dish. This meal is simple to put together and full of flavor.

Creamy Pesto Chicken

I have played around with pesto for a while now – trying to come up with a good combination for the taste I was after. And I think I finally nailed it – fresh basil and cashews! For some reason the flavor of pine nuts just didn’t fly with my family. Maybe it’s the actual “pine tree” flavor they are detecting? I have found that the cashews give enough oil and nuttiness to the sauce that you the basil really stands out.

Pesto Sauce

I don’t often use Angel Hair pasta because it can be a little temperamental. It has a much smaller window of being done and being mush. You have to watch it a little closer than other types of pasta. But with something as delicate as a pesto chicken, I wanted a more dainty pasta to go with it. Be sure to spoon some of the extra pesto left in the baking dish onto to you pasta – it is so yummy!

This is one of those dishes that takes a few minutes to prep at the beginning and then you just put it in the oven and wait it out. I love those kinds of dishes for weeknights because then you can get something else done while it’s cooking – like fold a load of laundry, help a kiddo with a homework assignment or sit and relax for a few minutes after a long day at work!

Now let’s get cookin’!

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Creamy Pesto Chicken

A simple pesto with cheesy goodness makes this chicken delicious!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword baked chicken, Cheesy Chicken, Chicken, Chicken Dishes, Chicken Recipes, creamy pesto chicken, pesto
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 6 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 cups Mozzarella shredded
  • 12 oz Cream Cheese

For the Pesto

  • 3 cups Basil rough chopped
  • ½ cup Cashews
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • cup Avocado Oil

For the Pasta

  • 1 lb Angel Hair Pasta
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 1 tsp Basil dried

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 400 deg. Start boiling water for pasta.
  • In a bowl, combine all pesto ingredients except oil, With immersion blender blitz until smooth. Then slowly stream in oil while still blending. Once fully blended, mix in cream cheese.
  • In a 13×9 glass baking dish, lay each chicken breast out. Spread with creamy pesto mixture then top with mozzarella cheese. Place in oven and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed on package. Drain in colander and return to pot. Add butter, cheese and basil. Toss until well coated.

Estelle Forrest self-published this cookbook after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

8 thoughts on “Creamy Pesto Chicken over Pasta

  1. Great recipe. I haven’t used pesto in this way. Thanks for the ideas and for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop. Can’t wait to see more this Wednesday.

  2. Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons – Oakland, CA – I live in Northern California of the USA, splitting my time between our home and large garden on the coast in Fort Bragg and a smaller place outside San Francisco. I have always love spending time in the kitchen, sharing meals with family and friends. My English born mother was educated in France and ran one of the first traditional French cooking schools in Florida, I learned by being her sous chef and eventually teaching classes with her. Three years ago I was proud to earn my certificate as a Mendocino County Master Gardener, although I had already been gardening in Oakland (ornamental and veggies) for 25 years. There is always so much to learn. I am starting the garden in Fort Bragg and am looking forward to sharing my progress. My family on both sides have always gardened. I have fond memories of my grandparent's garden outside London; and digging potatoes with my father in his vegetable garden in Florida. My education is in microbiology; I worked in labs and biotech for 25 years, often traveling extensively for work. But even with a busy schedule I have managed to have a few of my own fresh vegetables in the back garden. Welcome and thank you for coming along.
    Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons says:

    Love the idea of adding pesto to cream cheese. Thank you for sharing on Fiesta Friday.

  3. Sunshine – Tennessee – Home educating mom of three amazing fellows, homeschool and homestead blogger, herb gardener, flower lover, cat collector, follower of Jesus, and happy wife! Blogger at https://www.LessonsAndLessons.com https://www.RidgeHavenHomestead.com
    Sunshine says:

    Yum! I love anything with pesto on top! My boys love angel hair pasta, and I’ve begun to like it best too!

    I also use cashews for my pesto, since pine nuts are so expensive! I make a vegan pesto, and we love it!

    Thank you for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop!

    Blessings! Laurie

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