Chicken Pesto Penne


October 9, 2019

Chicken Pesto Penne 5 0 5 32
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • 10 mins

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 10 mins

  • Yields: 6 servings


350g penne pasta

500g chicken fillet thighs diced

5 lg shallots sliced

4 slices short cut bacon finely diced

1 tsp minced garlic

300ml cooking cream

1 tin cream of chicken soup

190g jar basil pesto

1/2 cup sundried tomatoes sliced, reserve oil

1 cup baby spinach leaves

1 cup grated cheese

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


1Brown chicken, garlic, bacon and shallots in reserved oil, in a pan if your slow cooker doesn't have a sear function

2Add all ingredients except pasta, spinach and cheeses. Combine well.

3Cook on low for 2 hrs

4Mean while boil pasta until just beginning to soften, drain and let cool.

5Add pasta to slow cooker, stir through.

6Place tea towel under the lid

7Cook on low for approximately 2 hrs or until pasta has expanded and sauce has thickened.

8Stir in baby spinach leaves.

9Layer with cheeses.

10Cook on low until cheese has melted.

Submitted by Kathy Flatman


51 Reviews

Janet Brown

June 5, 2022

Love this recipe, so easy, instead of basil pesto I used tomato pesto and fry the bacon until crispy and add towards the end, very creamy and tasty.

Rebecca Moore

June 3, 2022

OMG – my family loved this – removed the shallots and sun dried tomatoes and added extra bacon – so good!!!

Michelle Wenn

May 30, 2022

I have super fussy kids and this is now a regular in our house.
I don’t put tomatoes or spinach in. And their favourite is when I swap penne for spinach & ricotta ravioli.

Michelle Kosick

May 30, 2022

This did not disappoint!
Great meal for a cold Sunday night.
Only changes I made to ingredients was to use chunky diced bacon, and chicken breasts (instead of thighs). I also didn’t use any cheese in the cooking process, instead I chose to grate some Parmesan on top after I served it up.
Will definitely be making this again ❤️


March 31, 2022

Turns out I didn’t have the basil pesto in the pantry so I changed it up a little. Used baby tomatoes instead of su dried and added mushrooms. This is a great meal and the family loved it, will definitely make it again .

Michelle Herman

March 27, 2022

Tried this family loved it, fought over left overs. Definitelyna10/10

Michelle Herman

March 27, 2022

Tried this, family loved it, fought over the leftovers, definitely will be making again. 10?10


March 16, 2022

So so good. My kids rated 50/10 and they’re normally fussy. I used 500g Penne.


November 22, 2021

Did it exactly to the recipe except for a couple of additions – mushrooms pumpkin and extra garlic. So ofcourse I was tasting it every so often and at the firs t hour i didn’t like the taste, I am not a huge fan of sundried tomatoes and could only taste that tanginess. Added herb salt and pepper and a bit of chicken stock. Another 1 hr of cooking the taste had died down and it was actually really tasty. Decided at the point when adding pasta that i would add 3 chopped mushrooms to blend it out a bit more. After 2 hrs of that served it and OH asked for seconds and his comments were “tasty” and “full of flavour” I would make it again but half the sundried tomatoes and I think it would still be excellent

Raeleen Whiteley

August 9, 2021

Delicious. Have made this a couple of times and is very yummy.

How about trying some cooking cream mixed with chicken stock powder maybe??


June 24, 2021

What can I use instead of the cream of chicken soup? Do to allergies we can’t have many pre-prepared foods. I saw someone above using chicken broth but how do I get the texture the same? Thanks.

Kim Ferguson

June 22, 2021

Favourite in our house from now on, yummo wouldn’t modify at all, perfect

Kim Ferguson

June 22, 2021

Just wow, full of flavour, will be a favourite in our house from now on, wouldn’t modify at all, perfect

Rita Price

June 18, 2021

Made this tonight. Really good. Halved recipe & still made loads. We definitely make again.

sarah shearer

June 11, 2021

I used to buy the ready made at the super market. substituted the spinach for broccoli and peas.Freezes well


June 2, 2021

Absolutely delicious, used more spinach just so it didn’t go to waste and used the whole container of sun dried tomatoes. Another one to add to the list of recipes to make again………over and over


February 21, 2021

Made this today for lunch. Was wonderful!
After reading some reviews and what my partner said, might substitute the sun dried tomatoes next time. But I was happy as none of the flavours were too overpowering in the dish.
We actually forgot to do the tea towel method half way through when we added the pasta. But still worked out fine!
Served five of us with a good big serving of leftovers or two smaller servings for leftovers.


January 11, 2021

Absolutely loved this dish. My partner can’t eat tomato so I substituted for red capsicum and served mine with fresh chilli. delish.

Chris Harris

December 21, 2020

Not a fan of pesto, but since I have to think lunches in advance, & w a packet of chkn thighs that needed to be used up, thought I’d give this a go, & boy, was not disappointed…even hubby, not liking many of my SC meals, gave it a 10 out of 10 , & also have plenty of leftovers for lunches. Winner winner chicken thumbs-up dinner


December 2, 2020

Yum! !!
I’ve been wanting to cook this for 3 days! So tonight with a 2 hr time frame ( finish work at 4pm, home at 4.20pm, like to eat about 6pm) I was well behind . Soooo….
About a kilo of chicken thighs diced, 6 rashers of bacon diced, bunch of spring onions chopped and 3 heaped desert spoons of minced garlic (I think). Browned, added pesto and tin of condensed chicken soup. Added cream about half hr in. About 1 hr on high. Pasta cooked to a bit over what recipe asked and added to slow cooker. Another 50 min or so on high, add 3 large handfuls of baby spinach stirred through n about 2 cups grated cheddar n large handful of parmesan cheese spread on top. All on high until melted. Dished up at about 7.15pm . All done in a 7 lt slow cooker that can go on the stove.
Yep, was yum! Although the better half felt it was a little rich soI have lunch for a few days now! 😊😊


November 27, 2020

Made this last week & it’ll be a new favorite for us! Put mushroom soup in as didn’t have chicken soup. Also cherry tomatoes as run out of dried tomatoes. Plenty of spinach too! Very delicious 🙂

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 26, 2020

No you are adding the cheese on top of everything else until it melts x

Louise white

November 19, 2020

I made this last night
Omg absolutely delicious
Oh an next time I need to double the amount cause my family devoured it


November 19, 2020

Comfort food at its finest! This was delicious. I added 4 cups (instead of 1 cup) of baby spinach leaves, and will possibly add more next time. It helps tone down the slight oiliness of the dish.


November 17, 2020

Hi. Do you remove the ingredients from the slow cooker when layering the cheeses?
Thanks in advance

Margaret Duke

November 15, 2020

This was yummy! I added extra veges (carrot, corn, capsicum, onion) as I love veges. The next time I make it I will add more tomato and possibly more bacon, yum.

We loved this one 🙂
The leftovers reheated really well in the microwave the next day too 🙂
Decadent and delicious


November 8, 2020

Had this for dinner last night. It was amazing 😍. I substituted the soup with chicken stock and put uncooked pasta in and added splashes of water when needed. Husband said it was like being in an Italian restaurant


November 8, 2020

We used chicken breast instead of thighs as they are cheaper. Every one loved this, will definitely be on the favourite list for meals!

I’m using green onions (eschallots) when I cook it tomorrow .. the long green ones without the onion bulb on bottom (shallots)


November 4, 2020

Are the shallots, spring onions?
Looks delicious, planning on making this week!

stephanie pollock

October 9, 2020

New favourite
One of the best pasta dishes I’ve tasted.
Didn’t bother with the cheese at the end
Also used the condensed cream of chicken. Not sure if that’s right?
It reheated really well the next day too!

Liz Jones

October 2, 2020

Tried this tonight and it’s delicious, definitely one I’l make again!

Brittany Walters

September 20, 2020

So having a read of everyone else’s comments i too decided to add mushrooms, a dollop of mild English mustard and i felt it needed a touch of sweetness so chucked in some corn too!! i didn’t have bacon but i went ahead with it anyway! Delish!! I’m sure it’ll be delish with the bacon too!! I followed the amounts and the flavours weren’t overwhelming, i cut the tomatoes up finely and all my kids enjoyed it!

10/10 will make again, easy and delicious.


September 3, 2020

Good recipe. Fairly oily but not sure if that was me putting too much cheese or it was partly the soup (as I don’t normally use tinned soups). But hubby and toddler both enjoyed it and I will make it again when I’m wanting a creamy fattening but delicious meal in winter!

Jeannie Ansell

September 1, 2020

This was very delicious. Enjoyed by all. I added mushrooms , a little minced chillie but otherwise followed the recipe.

Julie Price

August 14, 2020

This recipe has so much flavour I only added half the pesto and was still flavoursome. This is a new favourite for the week. Will be cooking it again soon😊


August 11, 2020

Made this tonight for dinner
Was a MASSIVE hit with the entire family
The flavours are magical

Karen C

August 9, 2020

This is one of our favourites, just so full of flavour and yumminess lol if that is a word 😄

Manda Van Niekerk

June 20, 2020

Delicious! I added more spinach. This is a wonderful recipe.

Holly Lynch

June 18, 2020

This is a delicious chicken pasta dish. The basil pesto is a really lovely addition and it’s so easy to make. A real winner!

I would use tasty or cheddar style grated. If you swapped the creamy soup for broth it would be much more watery than creamy just beware


June 5, 2020

1 cup of grated cheese…….but what kind of cheese??? And has anyone substituted the cream of chicken soup with chicken broth? Thanks!

Leah Haskell

May 15, 2020

Do you think this would be ok to make and then freeze?


April 11, 2020

Made this today. Was simple and easy.
Didn’t use as much pesto as stated in the recipe, only used about half the jar, just for personal preference.
Was very rich, but delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed by the family. Will definitely make again.

Claire Bennett

March 28, 2020

My Daughter (Miss 20) cooked this the other day and everyone liked it, even the Daughter who cooked it as she doesn’t really like pasta dishes. This is definately on our list of rotations.

Sue Taylor

January 3, 2020

Delicious! All the family loved it. Used only sundried tomato pesto, not basil & omitted the extra tomatoes.

Nicola Livingston

December 27, 2019

I haven’t made this exact recipe, but we eat kosher so cant mix meat and milk so often use either soya cream or more recently I’ve discovered oat cream (and milk by a company called Oatly) There are also various dairy free cheeses from brands like Violife and Tofutti


December 26, 2019

Has anyone tried making this dairy free? How did you achieve it?

Ann Turnbull

October 24, 2019

Super easy, super tasty! Whole family loved it after coming home from a busy day. I followed the recipe exactly except for leaving out the cheeses (to please my fussy eaters).

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