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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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10 comments:

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

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

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  3. sounds like you got great inspiration from your trip

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  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

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

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

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

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  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!

    Blessings,
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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