This gluten free Pasta with Chicken and Pesto is perfect for those nights you’re looking for a quick, tasty all-in-one dish. Pasta, chicken, and broccoli are tossed in a light sauce seasoned with pesto.
I love quick meals that can be made with ingredients I already have on hand, and this gluten free Pasta with Chicken and Pesto fits that description perfectly. I often stock a variety of pasta in my cupboard, because you never know when the need for a batch of creamy Mac & Cheese might hit. And having spaghetti and a jar of pasta sauce on hand has saved me from the dreaded last-minute “What’s for supper?” question more than once.
This meal goes together in less than 30 minutes, but has a lot of flavour considering the few ingredients that it has. I’ve seen a few similar recipes, but they all used heavy cream in the sauce. Instead of having a heavy, Alfredo-style sauce in this dish though, I lightened it up by using milk and chicken broth.
The pesto adds a really nice flavour to the pasta as well, and if you are growing your own basil, I’d suggest you try to make your own pesto. It really is easy to make, and you have complete control over the flavour.
Feel free to switch out the broccoli with other vegetables, like peas or asparagus. Either would taste great with the chicken and pesto.
If you like this gluten free Pasta with Chicken and Pesto, you may also like:
- Roasted Pesto Potatoes
- Gluten Free Skillet Chicken Parmesan
- Thai Chicken & Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls
- Gluten Free Caprese Pasta Salad
- 1 (340 g or 12 ounce) package gluten free pasta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3/4 cup gluten free chicken broth
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/3 cup pesto
- 1 cup broccoli, cut up (asparagus or peas would be good as well)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (divided)
Bring a large pot of slightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions, or until al dente; drain (I like to rinse my gf pasta with hot water, just so it's not too sticky).
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute chicken and garlic until chicken is almost cooked.
In a small bowl, stir together chicken broth, milk & cornstarch. Pour into skillet with chicken & garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Stir until it comes to a boil.
Add pesto and half of the Parmesan cheese.
Add broccoli and cook until broccoli is tender. Stir in cooked pasta, toss to coat. Top with the remaining Parmesan cheese and serve.
This recipe and images for the gluten free Pasta with Chicken and Pesto were updated in February 2018.