Creamy Pesto Pasta Chicken Bake with Peas - Pesto, chicken, noodles and more in this simple weeknight dinner! Perfect for leftover chicken! -

Creamy Pesto Pasta Chicken Bake with Peas

  • Author: Danielle
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Pesto, chicken, noodles and more in this simple weeknight dinner! Perfect for leftover chicken!



  • 8 ounces dry brown rice pasta spirals (about 2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup traditional prepared pesto
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 cup 2% greek yogurt (I use Fage)
  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked diced chicken (any leftover chicken will work!)
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, very well drained
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (separated)
  • 1/2 cup crushed parmesan crisps (I like Whisps)


  1. Cook pasta to al dente based on package directions. Particularly if you’re using brown rice pasta, don’t overcook!
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, add pesto, egg, and greek yogurt. Mix until completely incorporated.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add cream cheese, noodles, chicken, tomatoes, and spices. Mix thoroughly until cream cheese and spices are evenly dispersed.
  5. Add pesto yogurt mixture and peas to the large mixing bowl. Mix until everything is thoroughly incorporated.
  6. Spray an 8×8 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon about half of the mixture into the baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Continue by spooning the remaining chicken pesto mixture over the cheese.
  7. Finally, top with remaining mozzarella cheese followed by the parmesan crisps.
  8. Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and cheese is completely melted. Optional: Supervised broil for 3 minutes to give an ultra crisp top.


Prep: Store in airtight containers for up to 4 days. Nutrition info estimated with My Fitness Pal.


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of casserole
  • Calories: 469
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Protein: 42g