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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Chicken Pesto Alfredo

The inspiration for this dish comes from a recent trip to St. Augustine.  The hotel we stayed at has a complimentary happy hour on Friday night.  The chefs from the Italian restaurant prepare an appetizer and the bartenders make a signature cocktail for the event.  This particular time, the appetizer was a cheese ravioli topped with a pesto alfredo.  I absolutely loved it.  It had just enough pesto with out being too much.  I knew I wanted to use those flavors in a dish at home and decided to add some grilled chicken and make a meal of it.  

This was absolutely delicious!  The chicken had great flavor and we both loved the pasta sauce.  This dish is easy enough to make during the week.  I used a jar of Trader Joe's Alfredo sauce and Trader Joe's prepared pesto.  I cooked the pasta and made the sauce while Chicken Legs grilled the chicken.  Dinner was ready in about 15 minutes!

Chicken Pesto Alfredo
(Printable Recipe)

  • 3 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 9 oz refrigerated fettuccine
  • 1 jar alfredo sauce
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  • chopped tomato
  • fresh basil

Combine Italian dressing and 1/4 cup pesto.  Pour over chicken and marinate 1 hour to overnight.

Grill chicken until done.  Let chicken rest for 5 minutes and then slice.

Cook pasta according to directions on package.  Drain, set aside.

In a large saucepan, combine Alfredo sauce and 1/4 cup pesto.  Cook over medium-high heat until heated through.  Toss pasta with sauce.

Divide pasta between 4 pasta bowls.  Top pasta with sliced chicken, parmesan cheese, tomatoes and fresh basil.

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  1. Mouthwatering recipe! I have got everything in my fridge to try this, before going to my holidays! Thanx!!!

  2. Stop this right now Stephanie! I'm already hungry for dinner and it's only 8:45 am!

  3. sounds like you got great inspiration from your trip

  4. Looks so good! St. Augustine is a crazy inspiring place to be- I grew up right down the road, my husband proposed to me at the Castillo De San Marco :-D

  5. Nifty! I'm going to try it in the crockpot rather than grilling it - like salsa chicken with alfredo pesto!

  6. And Trader Joes just opened their first store in Knoxvlle last week, perfect timing.

  7. So Yummy!! Another great recipe I'll have to try. I really need to go shop at my Trader Joe's :) TFS

  8. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Thanks so much! Hope you're having a nice week. I've posted the new Homemaking Party for the week and would love to have you link up, if you'd like!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller


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