Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe from the Petite Passions
One of my favourite comfort food recipes, this pasta uses red pesto, which has a more delicate and warming flavour than the normal green kind. (If you prefer green though don't forget to try my homemade version here). There are lots of different pesto varieties on the supermarket, and I usually use a sundried tomato one for this. You can also use any pasta shape you like; if you fancy something more exotic use some trofie as it holds the sauce really well. Like almost everything I post it is quick and easy to make; if you get a kettle on the boil as you get the ingredients together you can have it on the table in less than 20 minutes. This recipe is for two greedy people but can be stretched if you are not as hungry as us.


  • 2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
  • Half a jar of red pesto 
  • 4 Spring onions, sliced.
  • Small tub of low fat creme fraiche
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan, with extra for finishing.
  • 200g fusilli pasta
  • Salt and pepper


Fill a saucepan with water (boiling from the kettle) and add the pasta to cook according to the directions on the packet.

Cut the chicken into strips and coat with a tablespoon of pesto.

Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta from the Petite Passions

Fry the chicken over a medium heat in a large frying pan. You want to cook it through so that the meat is white throughout but be careful not to burn the pesto on the outside.

Add the spring onions and fry together for 2 minutes.

Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta from the Petite Passions

Pour in the creme fraiche and the rest of the pesto. Mix together with the chicken and season well with plenty of black pepper. Go easy on the salt as the next step is to...

Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta from the Petite Passions

Stir in the grated Parmesan. Reduce the heat so that the sauce warms through gently; if it bubbles over the place it will make quite a mess!

Drain the pasta and stir this through the sauce.

Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta from the Petite Passions

Serve, with a final grating of Parmesan and grind of pepper to finish.

Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe from the Petite Passions


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