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Basil Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Broccoli

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This cozy pasta dish comes together in less than 30 minutes! You need this on your dinner table tonight! Recipe on

This cozy pasta dish comes together in less than 30 minutes! You need this on your dinner table tonight! Recipe on

Recently, I’ve been having a major hair stylist dilemma and I don’t know what to do so maybe YOU can help me! Basically, my current hair stylist is amazing and I love her and we’re actually good friends (I think that’s also part of the problem in this equation). She recently went on an entrepreneurial endeavor and opened up her very own salon! Yay! The problem, you see, is that the past three times I saw her, she ran 30-40 minutes behind but since my appointment is at a certain time, I showed up at my booked appointment time but I wasn’t seen until 30-40 minutes later. It’s very frustrating because I basically can’t make plans the rest of the night (say, dinner with friends) because getting my hair done is a 2.5 hour time suck + travel time (it takes me about 35 minutes to drive there). I get that being late is beyond her control sometimes (clients can be running late, something not going right in the cut/hair color, etc) but when it happens three times in a row, it’s making me wonder if it’s her that isn’t picking up the pace or keeping things on time.

Ok part two of this story: there’s this brand new salon that opened up near me and it’s right next to my Pure Barre studio. Pure Barre & this salon are 30 seconds from my house. No joke. I went to this studio on Friday and I was in and out in 50 minutes. The style/haircut were very similar, I honestly couldn’t tell a difference. My problem is…I don’t know if I should break up with my friend or suck it up and keep going to her. It’s really hard because I want to support her new business but I don’t really have much to gain because 1. travel time, 2. it’s $10 more expensive for a cut, and 3. wait time. I guess in a sense, I’m torn because I know what it takes to run a small business and it sucks to not get support, but on the flip side, it’s hard for me to justify doing all that travel when I can just shimmy on down to this new hair salon and be in and out in 50 minutes flat. Ahhh what would you do?

Maybe I should stop being friends with people who give me service so I can make a clean break if need be, haha

This cozy pasta dish comes together in less than 30 minutes! You need this on your dinner table tonight! Recipe on

This cozy pasta dish comes together in less than 30 minutes! You need this on your dinner table tonight! Recipe on

Hair dilemmas aside, I’m dying to tell you about this pasta dish! I went on a huge basil pesto kick several weeks ago because I literally had basil up to my eyeballs and what do you do when life gives you basil? Make pesto! And make this basil pesto chicken pasta with sundried tomatoes and broccoli. Whew, what a mouthful.

I had a box of unused orecchiette in the pantry so I decided to use them in this dish because I love that the little ‘ears’ catch all the pesto and yummy goodness. This dish will literally take you like less than 30 minutes to make so no excuses! Go grab some pesto (just replace the arugula with basil) and get this on your dinner table tonight!

This cozy pasta dish comes together in less than 30 minutes! You need this on your dinner table tonight! Recipe on

Basil Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Broccoli

This cozy pasta dish comes together in less than 30 minutes! 
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 2 cups dried orecchiette pasta
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil, julienned
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • ½ large onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, (if you're sensitive to spice you might want to start out with 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1 chicken breast, cubed
  • 4 tablespoons basil pesto*, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 cup broccoli, blanched
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

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  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to the directions on the box. Once done, drain well and set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add sundried tomatoes, garlic slices, onion, and crushed red pepper flakes. Sauté until fragrant and onions are translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the cubed chicken breast to the skillet and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the basil pesto to the skillet and turn heat down to medium-low. The basil pesto might be a bit thick so you can thin it out by adding 1 tablespoon of water to the skillet, if needed.
  • Add the broccoli and cooked pasta to the skillet. Toss until everything is coated in the pesto and the ingredients are all evenly distributed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can use this homemade pesto recipe. Just sub out the arugula for basil!


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 508 kcal | Carbohydrates: 66 g | Protein: 27 g | Fat: 16 g | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 2 g

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dinner, easy pasta recipe
Recipe Rating


Monday 18th of October 2021

Recipe was delicious--lot of flavor and easy to make. Fortunately I had just made a batch of fresh pesto. Used 1/4 t. pepper flakes which gave it just the right amount of kick for us. Did not have orecchiette on hand,(next time!), but used penne instead. Will definitely make this again!


Thursday 24th of June 2021

I’ve made this a few times. Delicious!


Tuesday 25th of May 2021

I’m making this pasta dish for dinner tonight looks yummy from your photos. My ? Is do you blanch the broccoli in in a separate pot of boiling water or the same pot that you cooked the pasta was in? The pasta will be drained !

Julie Chiou

Saturday 29th of May 2021

you can totally blanch it in the same pot the pasta was cooked in! just scoop out the pasta with a scoop colander or pasta scoop.


Saturday 4th of April 2020

We absolutely love this recipe. It's so easy and delicious and filling. YUM.


Monday 16th of December 2019

I adore this recipe and my family loves it! I want to bring this to a family event but want to swap the broccoli due to conflicting dish.. any recommendations? ☺️

Julie Wampler

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Could you use shaved brussels sprouts?