Chicken Basil Pesto Pasta with Mushrooms

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Mushrooms

This chicken pesto pasta recipe combines some of my most favorite flavors: basil pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, fresh basil, red pepper flakes.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 550 kcal
Author Julia


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 lb chicken thighs , boneless, skinless, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes , drained of most oil, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 oz mushrooms , sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and more
  • 8 ounces penne pasta (use gluten free for gluten free version)
  • fresh basil chopped


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add chicken (chopped up) with sun-dried tomatoes (chopped into smaller bites) to the skillet, sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Saute for about 1 minute on medium heat.
  2. Add sliced mushrooms (add another 1 tablespoon olive oil if needed) and saute for about 2 more minutes (or a little bit more), until chicken is cooked through and mushrooms are softened.
  3. Add garlic, basil pesto, milk, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Bring to boil, immediately reduce to simmer and simmer, stirring until everything is well combined. Remove from heat. Taste, and add more salt, if needed.

  4. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain. Add cooked pasta to the sauce, reheat.
  5. Top with chopped fresh basil.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Pesto Pasta with Mushrooms
Amount Per Serving
Calories 550 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 529mg23%
Potassium 657mg19%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 865IU17%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 147mg15%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.