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Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta
Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta
Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

This has tender pan-fried chicken with a delicious sun-dried tomato and spinach pesto sauce. It comes together in about 30 minutes!


8 ounces uncooked pasta
2 chicken breasts cut into half lengthwise
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup heavy/whipping cream
1/4 cup pesto
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice or more to taste
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
2 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
Freshly grated parmesan for serving (optional)
Instructions
Boil a large, salted pot of water for the pasta. Cook al dente according to package directions.
Meanwhile, cut the chicken lengthwise so you've got 4 thinner pieces. Season them with the garlic powder and salt & pepper.
Heat the oil and butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the chicken and cook for 5-6 minutes/side or until it's cooked through. Transfer chicken to a plate. Let it rest for a few minutes and then slice it into bite-size pieces.
Sprinkle the flour into the skillet and cook for about 1 minute (there should still be some butter/oil in there, but if the pan is dry, add 1 tablespoon butter first).
Add in the chicken broth, cream, pesto, lemon juice, and sun-dried tomatoes to the pan. Scrape up any brown bits from the bottom. Let it gently simmer for a few minutes until it's thickened up a bit.
Stir in the spinach and let it wilt. Add in the drained pasta (add some of the hot pasta water prior to draining it if the sauce appears a bit thick) and toss.
Season with extra salt & pepper if needed, and serve with the sliced chicken on top and extra parmesan cheese if desired.


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