Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe #goodcookcom

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Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

This easy pasta recipe can be put together in no time and have any weeknight or lunch! One of the first times I made it, I was worried the kids wouldn’t like the homemade pesto sauce but I was wrong! They LOVED it! If you are looking to just have a side dish, then consider leaving out the chicken or leave it in for a complete meal. I hope you enjoy my Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe. Thanks to Good Cook for providing all these neat tools for me to work with. Be sure to see how you could win some of these great items!

Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe #goodcookcom Homemade Pesto Sauce Recipe

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


For the Chicken:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • [b]For the Pasta Salad[/b]:
  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry penne pasta
  • 1 small carton cherry tomatoes, rinsed, drained, and halved
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 cups Fresh Basil Leaves, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Pine Nuts, toasted
  • 3 cloves Fresh Garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 Lemon, zest and juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Slice your chicken breasts through the middle, length-wise.
  2. Coat the bottom of a skillet with olive oil and place over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the thin sliced chicken.
  4. Season chicken with 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper, and a touch of salt as it cooks.
  5. Allow to cook for about 3 or 4 minutes then flip and season other side with remaining seasonings. When chicken is thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in center, remove the pan from the heat and squeeze the juice from 1/2 lemon over the chicken. Transfer cooked chicken to a cutting board and set aside to cool.
  6. Toast the walnuts in a shallow dish in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  7. Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water and drain well. Transfer cooked and cooled pasta to serving dish. Add the pesto {recipe below} and toss to combine.
  8. Add chicken, tomatoes, and 1/2 cup crumbled feta (reserve remaining feta) and toss to combine. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts and remaining 1/4 cup feta.
  9. Serve immediately.
  10. Toast the pine nuts in a dry pan for 5-6 minutes over medium heat until lightly golden in color and fragrant. Remove to cool.
  11. In the bowl of your food processor add the basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, garlic, both the zest and juice from one lemon and the salt and pepper.
  12. Secure your food processors lid and turn on while slowly drizzling in the cup of olive oil.

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Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

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Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe #goodcookcom was last modified: January 21st, 2019 by Bianca

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