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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
Keyword best pasta dish, chicken pasta dish, chicken pasta recipe, chicken pasta recipe creamy, chicken pasta recipe pesto, chicken penne, chicken penne pasta, easy chicken pasta recipe, pesto chicken pasta, pesto pasta recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 543kcal
Author Jenny
Cost $20


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


  • 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


  • 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.


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