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One-Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta

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One-Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 6
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Pesto lovers, this recipe is for you! We loaded this pasta dish with a creamy pesto sauce, fresh spinach and flavor-packed chicken for an easy weeknight meal the whole family will love.
Updated Feb 8, 2018

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package (16 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 1/2 cups Progresso™ reduced sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz container)
  • 8 oz uncooked farfalle (bow-tie) pasta (about 3 cups)
  • 4 oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup refrigerated basil pesto (from 7-oz container)
  • 1 package (8 oz) fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
Make With
Make With
Progresso Broth

Steps

  • 1
    In 5- to 5 1/2-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat; season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook chicken in oil 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink. With slotted spoon, transfer to plate, and keep warm.
  • 2
    Add chicken broth and pasta to Dutch oven; heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 12 to 14 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente and most of liquid is absorbed.
  • 3
    Add cream cheese and pesto, stirring frequently, until cheese is melted. Stir in chicken; cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is heated through.
  • 4
    Gradually stir in spinach until starting to wilt. Just before serving, garnish with basil and Parmesan cheese.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    A sprinkle of crushed red pepper adds a nice finish and a bit of heat to this dish.
  • tip 2
    We like the fresh flavor of refrigerated basil pesto, which is sold in the refrigerated aisle of the grocery store.

Nutrition

450 Calories, 22g Total Fat, 28g Protein, 36g Total Carbohydrate, 2g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
450
Calories from Fat
190
Total Fat
22g
33%
Saturated Fat
7g
34%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
70mg
23%
Sodium
770mg
32%
Potassium
460mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate
36g
12%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
2g
Protein
28g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
90%
90%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 3 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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