Chicken Pesto Penne Pasta

This Chicken Pesto Penne Pasta dish is much healthier than the average creamy pasta dish and it’s packed full of fresh ingredients including grape tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms. It’s quick and easy to prepare and makes for the perfect leftovers!

Chicken Pesto Penne

A delicious pasta dish is always a winner in my household. They are fairly simple to pull together, the entire family will most likely go in for seconds, and they make great leftovers for the next day’s lunch. Pasta always goes a long way.

However, because pasta tends to be a heavier dish, I try to find ways to incorporate a few alternatives like whole wheat or whole grain pasta and lots of fresh ingredients. This pasta is combined with fresh grape tomatoes, mushrooms, and leaf spinach — you won’t find any canned vegetables here.

Funny memory: Popeye was one of my favorite cartoons growing up and the whole “gives you strength” ploy still resonates with me today. 🙂

Fresh ingredients for the pasta dish
Slicing grilled chicken

This pasta dish is a bit healthier than the average creamy pasta dish since the sauce I incorporate is much lighter. So feel free to enjoy to your heart’s content – don’t be bashful!

For the chicken, I opt for an organic version to use in my recipes (if I can get it from my local grocer). It’s free of pesticides and antibiotics which makes it a whole lot better for you.

Chicken Pesto Penne

And for the sauce, I combine heavy whipping cream along with chicken broth and white wine. This helps to reduce the sauce down to a wonderfully light and silky texture, and the shaved Parmesan cheese adds a nice touch.

Chicken Pesto Penne

I’m certain you will thoroughly enjoy this Chicken Pesto Penne dish.

Here are a few more pasta recipes you might enjoy:

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Chicken Pesto Penne

Chicken Pesto Penne

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  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This Chicken Pesto Penne Pasta is healthier than the average creamy pasta dish and is packed with fresh ingredients like tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms.


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  • 1 lb. Organic Chicken Breasts
  • 5 oz. Grape tomatoes
  • 2 cup Chopped White Onions
  • 4 oz White Mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup White Wine
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 5 Basil leaf
  • 2 tbsp Shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • 8 oz Whole Wheat/Grain Penne pasta
  • 5 oz Baby spinach
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup Basil Pesto
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt


  1. Begin by boiling the pasta for 7 minutes. Strain and set to the side.
  2. Butterfly each chicken breasts. Season both sides of chicken with paprika, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pre-heat large cooking pan to medium heat. Add chicken to pan and cook 4 minutes on each side. Once  cooked, cut chicken breasts into medium slices lengthwise.
  4. Pre-heat a large cooking pot to medium heat, add butter and minced garlic, mushrooms and onions stirring occasionally. Add white wine and chicken broth then allow to cook for a few minutes.
  5. Add grated Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, garlic powder, black pepper and sea salt then stir and cook lowering heat to medium/low heat.
  6. Add pasta, spinach and pesto into the pot and fold ingredients together and cook for a few minutes then lower heat to simmer. Slice grape tomatoes into halves and at to pot.
  7. Serve pasta dish in a bowl and top off with shaved Parmesan cheese and basil leaves


When you butterfly your chicken breast, it cooks more evenly throughout.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 498
  • Fat: 20.5g

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