Pesto Chicken Tortellini

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You’ll love this one-pot, easy and quick Pesto Chicken Tortellini with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil!

Pair this delicious recipe with a Cucumber Salad, Fruit Salad, or Panzanella Salad!

Overhead shot of 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. I love that it’s a one-pot, flavorful, and kid-friendly meal! My kids beg for me to make this recipe and I never complain, because it’s so easy to make. 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 Pesto Chicken Tortellini.


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 ingredients for this dish, we’re packing in some flavorful, good-for-you ingredients. We’re using Buitoni’s® three-cheese tortellini and their pesto basil sauce to form 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 to add in some vegetables, we’re using sun-dried tomatoes! I also occasionally add on some fresh cherry tomatoes to this finished dish to increase the vegetable count.
  • The finished dish gets a few tablespoons of oil from the sun-dried tomatoes (healthy fats), fresh basil, and if desired, a sprinkle of 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, here are our favorite side dishes that pair well with it:

Overhead image of the Pesto Chicken Tortellini in the pan.

More easy pasta dishes:

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{One Pot} Pesto Chicken Tortellini

5 from 5 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 5 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. 5 stars
    Absolutely incredible meal! This will be in high rotation…my 13month old twins wanted this instead of their supper ???

    1. Yay!! It’s such a win when you find something the kids love! So glad you guys enjoyed! Thanks Brittney! 🙂

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 5 stars
    Made it this evening and— delicious! The blend of flavors were wonderful, all balanced! Not to stray too far from the original recipe, but I added about half a jar of “artichoke salad” (artichoke, olives & sweet peppers in packed in oil & seasonings) along with the sun-dried tomatoes. Also sautéed some asparagus and then cut that up and threw that in as well. Wanted to add a few more veggies and get all of the Mediterranean flavors I love!

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