This creamy pasta loaded with sun-dried tomatoes, basil pesto, fresh basil and garlic is absolutely irresistible. Keep it simple but tasty on those busy weeknights. This Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta is so easy to make and comes together in less than 30 minutes.

creamy basil pesto chicken recipe

Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: South African
  • 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts Sliced
  • 2 Tsps Chicken Braai Spice or Curry Powder
  • 2 Tsps Garlic Paste
  • Salt to Taste
  • 3 Tbles Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion Sliced
  • 250 gr Mushrooms Sliced
  • 50 Gr Sundried Tomatoes
  • 2 Cups Chicken Stock
  • ¼ Cup Basil Pesto
  • ½ Cup Fresh Cream
  • 200 Gr of Cooked Pasta of Your Choice. (I used Linguine)
  • Handful of Fresh Basil Chopped
  1. Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Toss with chicken braai spice and garlic paste.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat add the oil and sautรฉ the chicken. Turn to brown on all sides. Transfer to a platter and keep warm.
  3. Add a bit more oil if needed and add the sliced onion and sautรฉ for two minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and sundried tomatoes and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken stock and bring to a slow boil. After a few minutes add the pesto and lower heat to simmer. Allow to reduce and thicken for several minutes before adding the cream.
  5. Once the sauce has thickened a bit add the chicken and the cooked pasta and stir through.
  6. Toss through the torn basil leaves and serve hot with crusty bread and a green salad.