Pesto Chicken Tortellini

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A ONE pot, easy and quick, pesto chicken tortellini with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil

Pair this delicious pesto chicken tortellini with a cucumber salad, fruit salad, or panzanella salad!

Overhead shot of the pesto chicken tortellini still in the pot ready to be served

Pesto Chicken Tortellini

This one pot pesto chicken tortellini is one of my family’s go-to meals. It’s made in one pot, so flavorful, and kid-friendly! My kids beg for me to make this recipe and I never complain because it’s so easy to make and I love all the good ingredients they’re getting – lean protein, a fresh and light pasta sauce, and veggies. Plus, only one pot to wash? Yes please.

Process shot-- image of all the ingredients that go into this pesto chicken tortellini dish

Balance Your Plate with this one pot pesto chicken tortellini!

Research shows that Americans are only meeting MyPlate recommendations for vegetables, fruit, proteins, dairy, and grains SEVEN days out of 365. Woah!

So that’s where Nestle’s Balance Your Plate program comes into play — it’s an educational program designed to help you put together delicious AND nutritious meals that incorporate both fresh and prepared foods. Prepared foods are a great time saver and there are so many new dishes and flavors to choose from. As you begin to build a balanced meal, use prepared foods as your base and pair with an easy-to-make side dish of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and/or low fat dairy.

This one pot pesto chicken tortellini is the perfect balanced meal — we’re using prepared Buitoni tortellini as the base and pairing it veggies: sun-dried tomatoes and topping it with an herb-packed pesto. This dish also has lean protein — chicken breast!

Process shot-- overhead image of the pesto that goes into this dish

What ingredients are in this one pot pesto chicken tortellini?

  • With less than 10 required ingredients for this dish, we’re packing in some flavorful and good-for-you ingredients. We’re using Buitoni’s three cheese tortellini and their pesto basil sauce which forms the base of this meal.
  • We’re also using lean protein — chicken breasts seasoned with paprika, Italian seasoning, and of course some salt + pepper.
  • And for a vegetables addition, we’re adding sun-dried tomatoes! I also occasionally add on some fresh cherry tomatoes to this finished dish to increase vegetable amount.
  • The finished dish gets a few tablespoons of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes (healthy fats), fresh basil, and if desired some parmesan cheese!

Process shot-- Overhead image of the chicken and sun-dried tomatoes being cooked in the pot

Great dishes to serve on the side

While this pesto chicken tortellini is a great balanced meal, below are our favorite side dishes that pair well with it:

Overhead image of the pesto chicken tortellini dinner in the pan

More easy pasta dishes:

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{One Pot} Pesto Chicken Tortellini

5 from 3 votes
A ONE pot, easy and quick, pesto chicken tortellini with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil
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{One Pot} Pesto Chicken Tortellini

5 from 3 votes
A ONE pot, easy and quick, pesto chicken tortellini with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword pesto chicken tortellini
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Chelsea


  • Optional: 1/2 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 package (20 ounces) Buitoni Three Cheese Tortellini
  • 1/2 pound (~2 small) boneless skinless chicken breasts*
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (I use the sun-dried tomato oil from the tomatoes)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Fresh basil sprig, optional
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, coarsely chopped (and reserved sun dried tomato oil for this recipe)
  • 1 container (7 ounces) Buitoni Pesto with Basil Sauce (about 1/2 cup + 3-4 tablespoons)
  • Optional: red pepper flakes, fresh basil, Buitoni Grated Parmesan cheese


  • Bring a large NONSTICK pot of salted water to boil. Follow package directions to cook tortellini.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the paprika, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste (I use 1/2 teaspoon salt + 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Drain the chicken from the buttermilk, dab with paper towel, and toss the chicken pieces to coat in the seasoning mix. Add the flour right on top and stir until chicken pieces are coated.
  • In the same pot used to cook the tortellini (must be a nonstick pot) add in 3 tablespoons reserved olive oil from the sundried tomatoes. Heat on medium heat for about 30 seconds and then add in a sprig of basil and the garlic. Stir for another 30 seconds and then increase the heat to medium and add in the chicken. Cook the chicken, stirring occasionally until cooked through and no longer pink inside. If needed, add additional sundried tomato oil. When the chicken is almost cooked through, remove the basil and add in the sundried tomatoes and saute until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Add the drained tortellini back in with the chicken and reduce the heat to low. Gently stir for 1-2 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Stir in the basil pesto sauce and 1-2 tablespoons of oil from the sundried tomatoes as desired. Taste and season with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes if desired.
  • Garnish plates with fresh basil and add parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes

*If desired marinate chicken ahead of time. Remove any fat from the chicken breasts and cut into small bite sized and even pieces. Place in a large plastic bag and pour buttermilk over the chicken, knead to coat the chicken entirely. Place in fridge and marinate for 4-6 hours or until ready to use. If you don't have buttermilk, take 1 cup of milk and add 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Allow to sit for 5 minutes and then mix in with your chicken. This creates super tender chicken!


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  1. This looks yummy! I must try! I have tried several of your foil packet recipes! EXCEPTIONAL!!!!! So easy and very, very tasteful! My husband has been eating them up!!! I must leave comments on each recipe. I have tried many recipes over the years and they have never tasted nearly as good as your recipes! Your are the BOMB.COM!!! 🙂

    1. Ahh you are soo sweet! I am soo happy you’ve loved the foil pack recipes. You’ll love this one! Thanks! 🙂

  2. I plan on making this dish tomorrow, but it doesnt say if you need to cut the chicken in small bites? I am assuming you do.

  3. 5 stars
    Great stuff! My boyfriend loved it and it was super easy to make. Not many ingredients but lots of flavour. Will definitely be making again to use up the rest of the tortellini I have

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