Pesto Parmesan Crispy Chicken Penne

Sharing a favorite chicken penne pasta today! This Pesto Parmesan Crispy Chicken Penne makes the perfect weeknight dinner any night of the week! It’s my very favorite chicken pasta dish.

chicken penne pasta in serving pan

 

Chicken Penne Pasta

You are in for quite the treat with my favorite chicken penne pasta recipe!  This Pesto Parmesan Crispy Chicken Penne iss the perfect weeknight dinner. It’s very simple to make with so much flavor. Wait until you enjoy this crispy chicken. So good!

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cooking chicken thighs in hot skillet

Ingredients For Chicken Pasta

  • penne pasta
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • prepared pesto
  • Parmesan cheese

adding cooked penne to chicken in skillet

How To Make Chicken Penne Pasta

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper then place into hot skillet to brown/crisp both sides. Cook until centers are no longer pink and outer edges are crisp. Add cooked pasta to skillet and stir in prepared pesto until warmed. Reduce heat to low and top with Parmesan cheese before serving.

Can I Use Other Chicken Parts?

You can use other chicken parts if desired. I’ve used chicken breast and tenders for this recipe. You’ll need to adjust the time accordingly, especially for the breasts.

adding pesto to pot of pasta

Stir in a small jar of prepared pesto….and seriously that’s about it!

finished chicken penne pasta in serving pan

Top with fresh parmesan cheese and dinner is done!

close up of finished chicken penne pasta

Tips For Making Chicken Pesto Pasta

  1. Make sure your pan is nice and hot before adding chicken to brown/crisp. A hot pan will give you the nice crust you are looking for.
  2. Get a nice Parmesan Cheese to top your pasta. You’ll notice many varieties. The shaved Parmesan is great for this dish.
  3. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for no more than 3 days.

How To Serve Easy Penne Pasta Dinner

Garlic bread always goes nicely with pasta. I almost always serve this meal with a simple green salad as well.

How To Store Leftovers

Store any leftover pasta and chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Pesto Parmesan Crispy Chicken Penne

Pesto Parmesan Crispy Chicken Penne

This Pesto Parmesan Crispy Chicken Penne makes the perfect weeknight dinner any night of the week! It's my very favorite chicken pasta dish.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 543kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $20
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Equipment

  • Stove
  • Dutch Oven or large pot
  • colander
  • wooden mixing spoon

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces dry penne noodles
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6.3 oz jar or 1 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 cup parmesan shaved or grated

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper then place into hot skillet to brown/crisp both sides. Cook until centers are no longer pink and outer edges are crisp. Add cooked pasta to skillet and stir in prepared pesto until warmed. Reduce heat to low and top with Parmesan cheese before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 810mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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3 Responses
  1. Crystal

    Always love pesto. Recipe looks quick and easy, will have to try it at home soon.Adding it to my Pinterest favorites.

  2. Cecília

    Wonder! I love when I find recipes so tasty and practical, great for those who work hard and do not have time to feed properly that goes to my collection.

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