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Dump-and-Bake Chicken Pesto Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

There's no need to boil the pasta or pre-cook the chicken for this 10-minute Dump-and-Bake Chicken Pesto Pasta!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 361.5 kcal
Author: The Seasoned Mom
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-size pieces
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked rotini pasta
  • 1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup diced fresh mozzarella
  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup prepared pesto sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup loosely packed chopped or torn fresh basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In the prepared dish (or in a separate bowl), stir together uncooked chicken, uncooked pasta, tomatoes, and diced mozzarella.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together chicken broth, pesto sauce, minced garlic, and salt.
  4. Pour the broth mixture over the pasta mixture in the dish. Gently toss to combine.
  5. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  6. Uncover; stir. At this point you should check the pasta to make sure that it is al dente (firm but just about finished cooking). If it’s still too hard, cover the dish and return to the oven until pasta is al dente. Then move on to the next step.
  7. Sprinkle Parmesan over the top. Bake uncovered for 5-10 more minutes (or until pasta is tender and sauce thickens a bit).
  8. Garnish with fresh basil just before serving.

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Recipe Notes

Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half and prepare the pasta in a 1-quart baking dish. Baking instructions remain the same.

Nutrition Facts
Dump-and-Bake Chicken Pesto Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 of the recipe)
Calories 361.5 Calories from Fat 122
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.5g21%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 81.7mg27%
Sodium 610.4mg27%
Carbohydrates 22.6g8%
Fiber 1.8g8%
Sugar 2.3g3%
Protein 35.2g70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.