Pesto Fettuccine with Chicken Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published March 22, 2020
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A jar of pesto is the secret ingredient in this colorful pasta dish. You can make it with any type of pasta you have on hand.

How To Make Pesto Fettuccine with Chicken

  • 1 lb. fettuccine, linguine or spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 6-oz. boneless (skinless chicken breasts)
  • salt and pepper
  • 18 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 12 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, melt butter in vegetable oil. 

  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook over medium-high heat until lightly browned and firm to touch, about 5 minutes per side.

  4. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

  5. Discard all but 1 Tbs. fat from skillet. Add tomatoes and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until they start to soften, about 5 minutes.

  6. Cut chicken into chunks. Ladle off 1 cup pasta water and set aside. Drain pasta and return to pot.

  7. Add chicken, tomatoes and reserved pasta water. Stir in pesto and mix well until ingredients are coated.

How To Make Pesto Fettuccine with Chicken

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Cooking Time: 22 mins
Total Time: 22 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fettuccine, linguine or spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 6-oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 18 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto

Instructions

  1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 12 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, melt butter in vegetable oil. 

  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook over medium-high heat until lightly browned and firm to touch, about 5 minutes per side.

  4. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

  5. Discard all but 1 Tbs. fat from skillet. Add tomatoes and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until they start to soften, about 5 minutes.

  6. Cut chicken into chunks. Ladle off 1 cup pasta water and set aside. Drain pasta and return to pot.

  7. Add chicken, tomatoes and reserved pasta water. Stir in pesto and mix well until ingredients are coated.

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