Crockpot Garlic Pesto Chicken with Pasta in a Tomato Cream Sauce

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I love pesto pasta chicken and have never made a dish like this in the crockpot.  So glad I tried this!  Super easy and so delicious.  I made the chicken in the crockpot during the day and then made the sauce while the pasta was cooking just before dinner!  Perfect quick meal that my family loved.  This one is from Katie’s 40 Meals-4 Hour Crockpot Freezer Cooking post.

 

Crockpot Garlic Pesto Chicken with Pasta in a Tomato Cream Sauce

Ingredients

    For the Chicken
  • ¾ bottle of Lawry's Herb and Garlic Marinade with lemon juice
  • 3 T of pesto
  • ¼ c olive oil
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts
  • For the Sauce
  • 8 ounces of of pasta
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 3 T of pesto
  • 1/2 c of chicken broth
  • 8 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 1 c of half and half cream
  • 2 T flour
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

    For the Chicken
  1. Cut chicken into 2" pieces
  2. Pour Lawry's marinade, olive oil and pesto on the chicken pieces
  3. Marinate over night if you have time
  4. Toss it in the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours
  5. For the Sauce
  6. Get the pasta cooking
  7. Heat the olive oil and the garlic and saute lightly
  8. Add the pesto and chicken broth until it has cooked down
  9. Add tomato sauce and then the half and half
  10. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  11. Add the pasta in
  12. Add flour one T at a time if the sauce is too thin for you liking
  13. Serve with chicken on top of the pasta
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Comments

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  2. Great flavours in this beautiful pasta dish! Thank you for linking it to Simple Supper Tuesday

  3. Visiting from Simple Supper Tuesday. This sounds really good!

  4. Was wondering what happened to the skillet version of this. I am marinating the chicken right one for this recipe and came onto the site for a read thru and the recipe has changed in the last few days! Please replay the original! It looked awesome!

  5. Any ideas on what to use instead of the bottled marinade? Also… Considering Alfredo sauce instead of tomato and cream… Thoughts?

  6. Hello! I was getting a shopping list ready for this recipe to do as a freezer meal and I’m a bit confused on the pesto part. Total there is 6 T of pesto in the recipe? That seems like a lot. Is it a type-o and I’m only supposed to put it in the ‘For the Chicken’/Freezer half or just in the ‘For the sauce’/Prepare day of half? Could you clear this up for me? Thanks! Looking forward to trying this one :)

  7. Very delicious! Used evaporated milk instead of heavy cream to help with calories/fat and sauteed onions & fresh parsley with the sauce.

  8. Curious about how to make this a freezer meal. Do I throw the “chicken” part of the recipe in a bag and throw that in the freezer, then just defrost and throw in the crock pot? If so, doesn’t the lemon juice in the marinade start cooking the chicken or is that process stopped b/c it goes right in the freezer? Thanks! I’m eager to make 40 meals!!

    • I too was wondering this, then I went back and read the post by Bevin above the recipe. Then I felt silly.According to Bevin, we make the “chicken” part for the freezer (then take out the night before we want it, let it defrost in the fridge, pop it in the crockpot in the morning, go about our day), then prepare the “sauce” in the evening.
      If I find that it doesn’t work for our busy nights, I may try preparing the sauce and noodles, freezing them, and then either nuke them or throw them in the crockpot an hour before the meal is ready.
      Hugs

      • Only issue I see with that Tera – is that sometimes noodles don’t freeze great :) that is why Bevin suggested making them fresh ;)

        Good Luck!

  9. Haven’t tried this yet. Sounds good and simple though. I agree with another comment that the picture doesn’t do it justice. Needs some color to break up the yellow. How bout spinach, kale or even peas? Just a thought. Suggestions?

    • The photo was taken the first time the recipe was made in poor lighting at that (late afternoon a bit too direct). I think kale or spinach added at the end would be a wonderful addition. I like sauteing up some fresh zucchini to toss in with it.

  10. Can you use the skillet version for the crockpot or should one use the crockpot recipe you listed above? I was wondering because I thought maybe if I used the skillet version for the crockpot I could less pesto/oil and herb and garlic marinade to get 2 batches out of it (one for tomorrow and one for the freezer). :-)
    If not, that is okay. I thought maybe the crockpot version needed more oil, pesto and marinade because it would be cooking all day. Thx for sharing!

  11. This was yummy! Thank you! I only used a packet of pesto which was just over 3T and the flavor was good for me. Also didn’t marinate, just threw the chicken in the crock with some seasoning and lemon juice. Turned out pretty good.

  12. The pasta with this dish was delicious…almost like a penne vodka, but more flavorful. We had lots of left over chicken, so we used it to make a chicken salad. Best chicken salad EVER!!

  13. This recipe was delicious!! Entire family loved it! Even my picky 5 and 3 yr olds! My daughter said she wanted to do a back flip! Haha

  14. What would you say the serving size is of this recipe? Needing to feed
    Total of 6 adults.

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