Chicken With Asparagus And Pasta

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If you love Italian cooking, as I do, you’ll love this recipe for Chicken With Asparagus And Pasta. It’s a classic, easy and delicious way to bring a taste of Italy into your home. This is one of my favorite recipes for chicken and it’s flavorful but not complicated. The result is tender and moist chicken with a delicate and subtle flavor the whole family will love.

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Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

A light but super-tasty pasta dish, with fresh asparagus cooked in broth with sauteed garlic and seasoned chicken.

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Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

Prep:

15 mins

Cook:

20 mins

Total:

35 mins

Servings:

8

Yield:

8 servings

Ingredients

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The original recipe yields 8 servings of ingredients Checklist

  • 1 (16 ounces) package of dried penne pasta
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bunch slender asparagus spears, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 clove of garlic, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
  • Step 2Warm 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in chicken, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until chicken is cooked through and browned, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken to paper towels.
  • Step 3Pour chicken broth into the skillet. Then stir in asparagus, garlic, and a pinch more garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cover, and steam until the asparagus is just tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet, and warm through.
  • Step 4Stir chicken mixture into pasta, and mix well. Let’s sit for about 5 minutes. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, stir again, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

My family loves this easy Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta dish made with penne noodles, chicken, and asparagus tossed in a creamy parmesan sauce.

One Pan Cream Chicken and Asparagus Pasta on a plate.

When people find out about my blog, they often always, “do you cook every night?!”

My answer is “yes”, but I like to keep things simple too! Tacos, spaghetti, and tomato basil mozzarella toasts are dinner rotation regulars. Most nights I choose from one of my favorite 30-minute meals.

I’m a believer that cooking for your family at home can be just as easy as picking up a pizza or ordering take-out. (It’s less expensive and healthier too!) This Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta can be ready, fridge to table, in 30 minutes.

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How to make Chicken and Asparagus Pasta:

Start by cooking the pasta in boiling water. I add the asparagus towards the end so that it can cook in the boiling water and I don’t have to dirty another pan. You could roast or grill it as well, and then add it to the finished pasta at the end. You could also substitute another vegetable, or add more vegetables.

Process photos for sautéing chicken with spices and garlic, and then adding cream and chicken broth to the pan.

Next, brown the chicken. Add garlic and dry spices.

Add the chicken broth and half and half. Half and half is just a mixture of half milk and half heavy cream. You can buy it at the store, or just mix heavy cream and milk. You could also substitute regular milk for a healthier substitute, but the sauce won’t is quite as creamy.

Add the cream cheese and half of the parmesan cheese. Cook and stir until everything is melted and combined, and the chicken is cooked through.

Skillet with the ingredients to toss together creamy chicken and asparagus penne noodles, asparagus and creamy white sauce

Add the cooked pasta and asparagus to the pan and toss to coat in the sauce. Add remaining parmesan cheese and salt and pepper.

ASPARAGUS CHICKEN PASTA

This Asparagus Pesto Chicken Pasta is an easy and delicious one-pot weeknight dinner recipe that the entire family will enjoy. It comes together in less than 30 minutes and is made with a few simple ingredients. 

asparagus chicken pasta recipe

An easy Italian chicken pasta recipe that’s packed with juicy chicken slices and tender asparagus tossed in a pesto base sauce. Have dinner on your table in less than 30 minutes with simple ingredients you may already have in your fridge or pantry. Super easy to make, yet so delicious and filling. To make this gluten-free, you may use gluten-free pasta instead of whole grain.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN ASPARAGUS PASTA

  • Cook pasta: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, and cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
  • Prep Chicken: While the pasta is cooking, season the chicken on both sides with half of the salt and pepper.
  • Cook Chicken: Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the chicken in a single layer and sear for 3 minutes per side, or until cooked through. You may have to cook the chicken in batches. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, and allow it to rest for 5 minutes, before slicing it into strips.
asparagus chicken pasta
  • Sautee veggies: While the chicken is cooling, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet, and add the asparagus and cherry tomatoes. Sauté, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender-crisp.
  • Combine pasta with veggies: Add 1 cup of the reserved pasta cooking water to the skillet, pesto, and sliced chicken, and bring the liquid to a simmer. As soon as it starts bubbling, add the cooked pasta, and toss with tongs to coat the noodles in the sauce. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.
chicken asparagus pasta

HOW LONG IS CHICKEN PASTA GOOD FOR

Store leftover Asparagus chicken pasta in a container and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat simply microwave in a microwave-safe bowl.

HOW TO COOK CHICKEN FOR PASTS DISH

There are several ways to cook your chicken if added to your pasta dish. It is wise to cook the chicken first before adding it to your pasta. Here are a few ways to cook the chicken first:

  • Sear/sautee: You may sear or sautee the chicken in a skillet on your stovetop. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Bake: Chicken can be baked in the oven at 350-400 F for 15-20 minutes until cooked through or a food thermometer reads 1
  • 65F when inserted in the thickest part of your chicken.
  • Grilled: Have access to an outdoor grill? Try grilling the chicken for about 3 minutes on each side. Or you may also check doneness using a food thermometer.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHICKEN PASTA

This one-pot chicken pasta dish is complete and doesn’t require a side dish. But, it can be served with more roasted veggies, a side of veggie soup, or a cold salad.

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asparagus and chicken pasta recipe

WHAT HERBS GO WITH CHICKEN

Some people like their chicken with simply salt and pepper whereas some like adding some herbs to give it some flavor. Depending on the dish you are making, some herbs that can be used on the chicken can be :

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • OreganoS
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Cajun and paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Cilantro

Love pasta? We do too! leave us a comment below if you tried this asparagus chicken pasta recipe. We always love hearing from you! Also, don’t forget to share it with friends and family if you love this or any other recipe from our site.

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Asparagus Chicken Pasta

Sliced tender pieces of chicken tossed in with asparagus, tomatoes, and pesto.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Italian

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 625kcal

Ingredients

  • ▢1 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast sliced in half lengthwise
  • ▢1 Tsp Kosher Salt divided
  • ▢½ Tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper divided
  • ▢1 lb Asparagus ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • ▢2 Cups Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • ▢¼ Cup Basil Pesto
  • ▢3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ▢3 Tbsp Olive Oil divided
  • ▢12 oz Dry Whole Grain Fettuccine or linguine

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, and cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
  • While the pasta is cooking, season the chicken on both sides with half of the salt and pepper.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the chicken in a single layer and sear for 3 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  • You may have to cook the chicken in batches. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, and allow it to rest for 5 minutes, before slicing it into strips.
  • While the chicken is cooling, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet, and add the asparagus and cherry tomatoes. Add in the garlic and sauté. Stirring often, for 2-3 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender-crisp.
  • Add 1 cup of the reserved pasta cooking water to the skillet, pesto, and sliced chicken, and bring the liquid to a simmer.
  • As soon as it starts bubbling, add the cooked pasta, and toss with tongs to coat the noodles in the sauce. Remove from the heat and serve immediately. 

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Any pasta of choice
  • If you don’t like asparagus, use broccoli or zucchini
  • Any other meat like shrimp will work well.

Storage:

Place leftovers in a container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave when ready to eat. You can freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutritional facts:

Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 625kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 820mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1568IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 4mg

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