easy weeknight dinner: chicken pesto pasta

chicken pesto pasta | the pomegranate bandit

We all have that one recipe that we fall back on when we just want to get dinner on the table so we can plop down on the couch and watch Modern Family.This is that recipe (and DK’s favorite, luckily). It’s easy, quick, and extremely versatile. The only mandatory ingredients are pasta and pesto sauce. The rest is up to you, though I find red or green veggies pair well with pesto sauce.


pesto pasta ingredients

  • pesto sauce, store bought or homemade
  • whole wheat pasta
  • protein: chicken, turkey, shrimp, salmon, or tofu
  • veggies: broccoli, sun dried tomatoes, grape tomatoes, asparagus, peas, kale, spinach, peppers, brussel sprouts, etc
  • parmesan cheese


The key is to cook everything at the same time, so start with whatever takes the longest. If you’re going to roast your veggies, throw those in first and then prep your meat and pasta.

For this version, I cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and poached it in a saucepan while I steamed the broccoli and cooked the pasta in my multi-pot (similar to this one). This thing really comes in handy for meals like this. While that cooked, I cut up some sun-dried tomatoes and set the table. When everything was done, I threw it all together, added half the jar of pesto, and garnished each dish with fresh grated parmesan. Enjoy!

Chicken Pesto Pasta | The Pomegranate Bandit

Note: to cut down on prep time, buy a rotisserie chicken and just shred it while the veggies and pasta are cooking!

*I always make a ton of this so I can take some to work the next day. I also use way less pasta than veggies and protein to cut down on carbs.

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