Short on time and need a quick meal? Try this easy pesto chicken pasta and have dinner on the table in 30-minutes!

Easy Pesto Chicken Pasta

Ever had those days when you just don’t feel like cooking, but you still need to feed your family? I have! When this happens, I make this super easy pesto chicken pasta with a side of garlic bread and a simple green salad! It’s one of my go-to recipes when I need a quick meal because the only thing I need to cook is the pasta and everything else can be store bought!

Easy Pesto Chicken Pasta on spoon

Now, this recipe uses canned chunked chicken, but it can easily be substituted with fresh shredded chicken or store-bought rotisserie chicken. Just keep in mind that you may need to adjust the seasonings if using your own chicken.

Oh, and this makes enough to make home lunch meals for the next day. My kids even eat the leftovers for a mini after-school meal. I hope you give this easy pesto chicken pasta a try!

Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta on spoon

Easy Pesto Chicken Pasta - 30-Min. Meal

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Have dinner ready in about 30-minutes with this easy pesto chicken pasta meal. The only ingredient that needs to be cooked is the pasta and everything else is just heated through. 


  • 1 - 10 oz. bag penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 - 10 oz. cans white chunk chicken meat, drained sub with shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 4 - 5 tbsp prepared pesto
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste optional


In a large pot, cook the penne pasta according to the package directions. Drain and place the pasta back into the pot. With the pot on medium heat, add in the olive oil, chicken, pesto, butter, milk, cream, and parmesan cheese. Stir and heat until butter is melted and everything is warmed through. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Serve.


  • If you want a creamier sauce, increase the milk and cream a 1/4 cup at a time. If adding more milk and cream, increase the pesto too. 
  • Shredded cooked chicken or store bought rotisserie chicken can be substituted for the canned chunk chicken. 
  • This recipe used grated Parmesan cheese in the green bottle, fresh shredded Parmesan cheese can be used too.

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