Aunt Haley’s Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe – Mealtime Monday

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The Best Fix for Your Monday

Aunt Haley's Chicken Pesto Pasta

It’s that time of the week again, the day some of us dread. That dreaded day that means our weekend is over and it’s time to get back to reality. It also means that it’s Mealtime Monday here at Kitchola, and boy oh boy do I have a dish everyone in your family is sure to love! I’ll let you in on a little secret, you’ll love it even more because it is so quick and easy to fix. So go ahead, leave yourself with only 20 minutes for dinner, because that’s all you’re gonna need today to whip up this delicious and satisfying recipe!

My wonderful aunt made this for us at a family gathering and we have been in love with it ever since. (I have fallen even more in love since I started making it myself and found how quick it is.) This is a simple pasta dish we affectionately call Aunt Haley’s Chicken Pesto Pasta. Follow these simple steps and have your Monday meal on the table in no time.


  • 1- 1 lb. box of bow tie pasta – any brand will do.
  • You can be substitute with penne if you want. I typically make 1 box for just my husband and I so that we have leftovers for a quick and delicious lunch the next day. 1 box will feed 4-5.

  • 1- 8 oz. jar of basil pesto – Classico brand is my favorite.
  • 1- 12.5 oz can of chicken breast
Ingredinets for Aunt Haley's Chicken Pesto Pasta

When I have more time I boil and shred my own chicken breast. For my quick fix recipe I use canned chicken to save on time, I think it tastes just as good.

Now that you have all of the items that you need, lets get ready to set that timer so you can see how fast this meal prep truly is. Follow these simple steps, and lets get dinner on the table. Ready, GO.


  1. Fill a large pot about 1/2 full with water.
  2. Pot size will vary depending on how many people you are preparing for. The large pot I use can typically hold up to 2.5 boxes of the pasta.

    Every kitchen should have a good sized pot for cooking pasta
  3. Bring water to a rapid boil, and add pasta.
  4. Let boil about 10 minutes. (Time will vary depending on temperatures, so keep an eye on that pasta.)
  5. Bow tie pasta is slightly sticky when it is ready.

    *Hint:There are several ways to check if pasta is done. My favorite (especially when I was little) is taking one piece out of the water, letting it cool and then throwing it at the wall! Boom! If it sticks, it is done. With bow tie and penne pasta you can feel it once it has cooled. If it is slightly sticky it is done. The other high tech strategy I use is to just eat a piece. If it has a soft texture, and is no longer tough, it’s good to go.

  6. Once pasta is done, remove from heat and carefully strain the water out. Return pasta to pot or place in your serving bowl.
  7. Add the chicken breast and pesto sauce to the pasta. Stir until well combined, and serve.
Aunt Haley's Chicken Pesto Pasta

* Hint: If you are serving a veggie, start the veggie cooking once you start your pasta cooking.

**Bonus tidbit: I serve my favorite “Sister Schubert’s Dinner Yeast Rolls” with this meal. They only take 5-10 minutes in the oven so I start the oven heating when I start the water boiling. I find them most commonly at Sam’s Club and Kroger/Smith’s grocery stores.


Delicious fast, easy dinner rolls

I hope you enjoy your Monday mealtime with this delicious, quick fix. Go ahead and use it on other days of the week, too. With it being so quick and delicious I wouldn’t blame you if you fixed it twice a week, no shame in that! Check out our other yummy recipes, and ways to make your mealtime quick and easy. Share your quick fixes with us and lets keep this mealtime movement moving.