Pesto Chicken Pasta Skillet with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Fantastic right from the skillet, or cold and served as a pasta salad, this pesto chicken pasta skillet with asparagus and tomatoes is everything that is delicious about summer! 

Dish Count :: 1 Pot, 1 Skillet

Pesto Chicken Pasta Skillet with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Well this is a switch from the usual baked goods on Wednesdays! I know! And there is a very good explanation for that!

One, I haven’t been in the kitchen much these last couple of weeks. And the other is that if it’s around – I will eat it. There is no baked good that could escape me once I have it in my sights.

So we have had to make a switch. But thankfully there are still PLENTY of summery baked goods to share with you now that I have back logged a few. And the Tater Tot Updates are coming. Because you guys – he’s getting YUGE.


Pesto Chicken Pasta Skillet with Asparagus and Tomatoes

There has been a very rapid switch in my diet with the latest diagnosis of gestational diabetes. Thankfully, it is considered a mild case, but none the less a shock to my system and my emotions. And my hormones have not exactly been helpful in helping me manage the whole thing when at any moment a bad blood sugar test will send me in a sniffle fit. So as I try and find my new normal for the next few months – and to be honestly, beyond Tater Tot’s Eviction Day – I wanted to share this recipe with you this week. In the throws of summer veggie season, I have been trying to make the most of it, and our tomatoes are finally producing. My mom’s little tomato starts have officially exploded and the tomato babies are starting to get big and ripen. Just like me. I’m about to burst.

If you have an abundance of tomatoes, or are craving greens, this pesto chicken pasta skillet with asparagus and tomatoes is for you.

Ben and I had is warm, straight from the skillet and then we ate it cold as leftover pasta salad for a couple days after that! Really, there is no bad way to consume this!

Since I’m on a carb lock down now, I have to be strategic about how I consume them. The staple pasta in our house is Barilla’s Protein Plus pasta. Now, this is NOT an ad. But it is what we eat in the house all the time. And even when cooked, it still has enough tooth to it to not fall to pieces and be mushy.

So, we’re trying to find our new normal. And Ben has been nothing but supportive. Being a nurse, and a good husband, is really helping me figure this whole thing out. And his hugs never hurt.

And PS – Tater Tot is doing great. My insides bouncing around like there is a rubber ball being thrown against a wall is testament to that! Keep up to date on IG Stories for today’s BumpDate!
Pesto Chicken Pasta Skillet with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Yield: 6

Pesto Chicken Pasta Skillet with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 1 1/4 pound Chicken Breast, cubed
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 pound Fresh Asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups Fresh Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup Pesto
  • 1 pound High Protein Whole Wheat Penne Pasta, cooked according to directions

Directions:

Prepare pasta according to package directions in heavily salted water. Drain and set aside.

Season chicken cubes with salt and pepper. Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Saute the chicken until it is golden brown on all sides, and cooked through. Set aside on a plate.

With remaining tablespoon of olive oil, heat it in the same skillet. No need to clean the pan. Add in trimmed asparagus and saute with garlic until it is fork tender.

In a large bowl, or if you can do it all in the skillet, combine all the ingredients – chicken, tomatoes, pesto, pasta, parmesan cheese, and cooked asparagus together and toss to combine. Serve immediately or place in the fridge and chill to serve as a pasta salad.