Spence’s Pesto Chicken Pasta

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  • Published Jul 9th
  • Ready In45m
  • Servings4
  • Calories512
This is a great recipe that my boyfriend put together on a Sunday evening after a bike ride. You can't go wrong with all of the flavors in this dish!

Spence’s Pesto Chicken Pasta Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Spence’s Pesto Chicken Pasta for 4 servings:

  • 1/2 pound linguine pasta
  • 1 (8 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into small pieces
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 whole garlic cloves
  • 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, halved
  • 6 ounces roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1 (7.5 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 3 ounces fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided (optional)

Spence’s Pesto Chicken Pasta Cooking Instructions

  • Prep20m
  • Cook25m
  • Ready In45m

To cook Spence’s Pesto Chicken Pasta, you need about 20 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Spence’s Pesto Chicken Pasta is about 25 minutes , and you can serve your Spence’s Pesto Chicken Pasta within 45 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Spence’s Pesto Chicken Pasta easily:

  1. 1 Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the linguine, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  2. 2 While the pasta is boiling, sprinkle the chicken with salt and black pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook the chicken pieces until lightly browned, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the garlic cloves, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and artichoke hearts; reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the mushrooms begin to give off their juices, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the spinach, and simmer just until the leaves are wilted, about 2 minutes.
  3. 3 Transfer the cooked linguine into a bowl, and toss with the basil pesto. Divide the pasta between 2 plates, and serve topped with the chicken mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each plate to serve.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 512 calories; 23.3 grams of fat; 53.5 grams of carbohydrates; 26.1 grams of protein; 35 milligrams of cholesterol; 540 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Dec 4th 2011

    Great taste and very easy. Tried sun-dried tomatoes instead of the roasted red peppers... was a great compliment to the basil.

  2. Oct 26th 2011

    My husband and I loved this recipe!! I tweeked it a little because of the ingredients I had on hand. I didnt have any roasted peppers or artichoke hearts. I added finely diced red bell peppe ...

  3. Jun 24th 2011

    The reviews helped me to tweak this recipe to make it really zing. I used skinless, boneless thighs instead of breasts so that the chicken had more flavor and moisture. When cooking, I start ...

  4. Jun 20th 2011

    This was good but could have been better. I used the exact ingredients but felt the cooking time for the chicken pieces was way too long. Came out dry. Next time I would shorten the chicken ...

  5. Jun 20th 2011

    I've been making something very similar to this for years - my recipe came from Food & Wine. To give it a little kick I add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and sun-dried tomato pesto instead ...

  6. Jun 20th 2011

    I am confused: at the top it says 4 servings (?only one chicken breast) and at the bottom it says divide pasta onto 2 plates. Which is correct?

  7. Jun 3rd 2011

    This was wonderful! I had to make changes because I didn't have all the ingredients. I used frozen spinach instead of fresh - still yummy - and I used broccoli and fresh red bell pepper. Thi ...

  8. May 18th 2011

    Awesome! instead of peppers I did sundried tomatoes and I actually forgot the spinach but it was better because there was already a lot going on flavor wise! Oh, and instead of whole cloves ...

  9. May 18th 2011

    Spence's Pesto Chicken Pasta Haiku: "This IS elegant. Flavorful, vibrant colors. A couple small tweaks." I was doubtful of putting that many "special" veggies all together, thinking their fl ...