Chicken and Pasta with Pesto

Long, flat pasta is well suited to the olive oil and pesto sauce that boldly flavors each bite. Garlic-infused chicken reinforces the pesto’s garlicky theme.

Makes 4 servings


  • 6 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sliced ½ inch thick across the grain
  • 12 oz dried mother-in-law’s tongue pasta or plain pappardelle, tagliatelle or fettuccine
  • 2 tbsp prepared pesto
  • Flat-leaf parsley (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese shavings (optional)


For marinade, in a 1-quart dish combine ¼ cup of the olive oil, white wine vinegar, garlic, and salt. Add chicken, stirring until thoroughly coated. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions until tender but still firm to the bite; drain and set aside.

Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the remaining olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook just until no longer pink. Remove from heat. Transfer chicken to platter and keep warm, reserving oil in skillet. Stir remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and the pesto into skillet. Arrange pasta and chicken on plates; drizzle with pesto mixture. If desired, garnish with parsley and Parmesan cheese shavings.

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