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Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta has peas, broccoli, lemon and of course pesto. The combination is a dish you will make again and again.

Chicken Pesto Pasta is a wonderful meal full of fun noodles and the bold flavor of pesto. There is something truly addicting about the combination of pesto and lemon. I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Healthy Cooking 2020 Annual Recipes Cookbook. 

Cost Per Serving $4.11 as of August 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $16.45.

If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $12.57.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $3.14.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1 cup

Equipment needed: 1 deep skillet

Total time: 30 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a stocked pantry you will save about $3.88.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $3.88 as of August 2022

  • lemon pepper $1.00
  • olive oil $2.88


Total: $12.57 as of August 2022

  • 1 pound chicken thigs $5.13
  • 1 can chicken broth 14.5 oz $0.67
  • 1 lemon $0.78
  • 16 oz box spiral pasta $0.92
  • 1/2 pound fresh broccoli florets $0.95
  • 1 bag frozen peas $0.84
  • 1 jar pesto $3.28

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete prep from prep tab above.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a pan then sauté chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165° F. Remove chicken and keep warm. 
  3. Add chicken broth mixture to pan and bring to a boil stirring in browned bits. Add 1 cup uncooked pasta, reduce heat to a simmer and place a lid on the pan for about 8 – 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the broccoli and peas and continue to cook for 3 minutes. 
  5. Stir in the pesto. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $70 – Menu 2

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