Try this 4 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Pasta for a kid-approved, superfood dish that’s a life-saver on busy weeknights.
shredded chicken pesto pasta
We are absolutely in love with this 4 ingredient pasta dish, it has been a life-saver in my house.
Have any picky eaters in your home, child or ehm… adult? Looking to add more superfood to your meals, without a dinnertime revolt? Are you all about quick & easy meals that come together in minutes?
This 4 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Pasta is for you. Busy parents, I’ve got a fabulous recipe to add to your weeknight rotation. Just four ingredients, one pan to clean, and takes only the time to boil up some pasta.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS 4 INGREDIENT CHICKEN PESTO RECIPE:
- 1 box rotini pasta
- 8 oz pesto sauce
- 2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded or chopped
- 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese, optional
DIRECTIONS TO MAKE THIS 4 INGREDIENT CHICKEN PESTO RECIPE:
- Boil up pasta according to package instructions, then drain.
- Meanwhile, shred meat off of chicken.
- Add pasta to large bowl, top with chicken and pesto. Stir gently to coat ingredients with pesto.
- Top with Parmesan cheese or preferred toppings. Enjoy!
To make this meal super simple & quick to prepare, I use store-bought pesto (found near the deli) and shredded rotisserie chicken. Let’s make things easy, so it fits into your busy schedule.
handy tools to make this 4 ingredient meal even easier:
- pasta bowls – decorative, dishwasher safe, jazz up an easy meal
- saucepot – good quality, heats evenly, heavy duty, boil pasta quickly
To finish it off, I sprinkle on fresh Parmesan cheese, but you can add any topping that your family loves. That’s right, the fourth ingredient is totally customizable. A few ingredients that go well with pesto? Pine nuts, chopped tomatoes (fresh or canned), goat cheese, or basil leaves.
What is pesto used for?
You can use it in appetizers, in pastas, as spread on sandwiches, on pizza, stuffed in meats, and in sauces.
What is the difference between red and green pesto?
Green pesto made from pine nuts blended with fresh basil, parmesan or pecorino cheese, garlic and olive oil. Red pesto is made similarly but with either sun-dried tomatoes, grilled red peppers or pimiento.
Is pesto or tomato sauce healthier for you?
Marinara sauce has less calories and allows for twice as much sauce per serving when compared to pesto. However, both sauces contain many health benefits and pesto is a good alternative to use occasionally.
From start to finish, this meal takes about 15 minutes. Plus, it’s full of nutrients and kid-approved. Try it tonight!
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 627 Total Fat: 45g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 30g Cholesterol: 135mg Sodium: 935mg Carbohydrates: 15g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 43g