Creamy Pesto Chicken and Linguine

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Easy to make, this chicken is wonderfully tasty and rich. Not for those watching your fat intake, but hey... splurging every now and then isn't a bad idea. ;)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook linguini according to package directions.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, melt 2 teaspoons of the butter together with the olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Brown the chicken breasts on both sides until nicely golden and juices run clear, about 6 to 7 minutes per side.
  5. Remove from pan and cut into 1/2-inch cubes; set aside.
  6. Pour out drippings from pan, but do not wipe it out.
  7. In the pan you cooked the chicken in, melt remaining butter over medium heat.
  8. Toss in the minced garlic, shallot, mushrooms, and reconstituted sundried tomatoes and sauté for 5 minutes, then stir in half and half and season with pepper.
  9. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently.
  10. Stir the Parmesan into the creamy mixture, stirring until well mixed.
  11. Stir in the pesto, and cook for about 5 minutes, until thickened.
  12. Stir in the chicken cubes and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  13. Re-heat the linguini (either in boiling water or microwave) and serve chicken and sauce over the hot pasta.
  14. Garnish with grated Romano and freshly ground black pepper.
  15. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Most Helpful

Made this last night. Although I was making it for two, I did make the full recipe and we ate it all with half the amount of pasta. It was great. Wonderful complex flavors and very creamy. Totally decadent. Made the recipe as printed and discovered that the sauce got a bit too thick when simmering the half and half for 6-8 minutes. It probably depends on how hard you simmer, but to me 4-5 minutes would have been enough. I also did not find a need to simmer more than a minute each after the additions of cheese and pesto. I cooked everything in advance up to the point of adding the cream and then started cooking the pasta so that I did not need to reheat it. If you make this do not leave out the sun dried tomatoes as they are a key flavor ingredient. It's a keeper.

MEAN CHEF October 31, 2002

Incredible! Made this last night for supper and it was delicious! Husband, usually the pickiest of all eaters, scarfed this down, even had 2 servings! My 4 y.o. and his friend enjoyed it as well. Restaurant quality taste! I did cut the half and half by 1 c. and replaced the other half w/ skim milk. Turned out fine. Next time I'll try it w/ fat free half and half. Thanks for a great recipe!

Shabby Sign Shoppe July 23, 2002

What a delicious dish. I made the recipe as written and it came together quickly and beautifully. The flavors are wonderful and it is elegant enough to serve at a dinner party. DS said he wanted it once a week and DH raved. As Mean Chef said, it is a keeper.

AngelicFantasia December 18, 2002