Chicken Pesto Pasta- An Easy Weeknight Dinner

After being out of town a few weeks ago, having missed our beloved Sunday farmers' market and forgotten to go to the grocery when we landed, I decided to play a little game for dinner that I like to call "what the heck do I have in the refrigerator". Ever played this game before? I seem to do it often.

I love cooking and while I may appear to be pretty good about planning meals ahead of time, what I've actually gotten skilled at is keeping my pantry and refrigerator well stocked with foods that will last us for weeks, even months. So, whenever I think I don't have anything to cook, I in fact have plenty of amazing -- and easy -- choices right at my fingertips.

Anyway, back to my most recent dinnertime game. How did I "win" it that night? I grabbed some cheese from the fridge, some pasta from the pantry, some pesto and chicken from the freezer and got to work. By the time the suitcases were unpacked and the laundry was in the washing machine, the pesto and chicken were defrosted and dinner was moments away.

This Chicken Pesto Pasta is one of those meals that's seriously fast. It's even faster if you buy rotisserie chicken from the supermarket, but at times like these, I'm all about what I've got on hand. Remember, the whole point of this game is to not have to get back in the car to head to the market!

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Chicken Pesto Pasta- An Easy Weeknight Dinner (6)

Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

egg free

nut free


  • 1 pound rotini pasta (you can also use shells, campanelle or elbow macaroni)
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


1. Cook pasta according to package directions.

2. Drain pasta and add back to the pot.

3. Mix in the pesto, chicken, parmesan, mozzarella cheese, and salt, and serve.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.