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Creamy Pesto Chicken Penne Pasta

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Tender noodles and juicy Italian-seasoned chicken breast are tossed with an easy 5-minute creamy pesto sauce! A perfectly tasty and comforting dish for those busy weeknights!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces penne noodles, cooked al dente drained and patted dry
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup homemade basil pesto OR 1 small jar of store-bought pesto
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half or heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese, for topping
  • optional: fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Instructions

  • Spray a large pan or skillet with cooking spray. Season both sides of chicken breasts with Italian seasoning and cook over medium-high heat 4-6 minutes on each side until juices run clear and completely cooked through. Transfer chicken to a plate and slice into strips or cut into bite size pieces.
  • In the same pan where you cooked the chicken, melt butter. Add garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant. Add flour and stir until a ball forms. Gradually whisk in half and half (or heavy cream) until mixture is smooth. Whisk in pesto. Continue to stir until mixture thickens.
  • Pour creamy pesto sauce over noodles and top with chicken and remaining optional ingredients OR add noodles, sauce, chicken and optional ingredients to a large bowl and toss together. Serve warm.
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