Chicken With Veggies And Pasta

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Who can resist a delicious, home-cooked meal like Chicken With Veggies And Pasta? This dish is a hearty combination of chicken, fresh veggies and pasta all in one. The chicken is seasoned, seared and then simmered in the pot with fresh spinach, asparagus and bell peppers. Once the chicken is cooked through, it is shredded and returned to the pot along with penne pasta for a final stir.

Meal-Prep Garlic Chicken And Veggie Pasta

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb chicken breast(455 g), diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced
  • 4 cups fresh kale(270 g), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups whole grain whole wheat rotini pasta(600 g), cooked al dente according to package instructions
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons pepper, divided

Nutrition Info

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Preparation

  1. Heat a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high heat.
  2. Add in diced chicken breast, followed by 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and 1 teaspoon oregano. Cook until no longer pink. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
  3. Add carrots to skillet and sauté for 2-3 minutes until tender.
  4. Add in zucchini and yellow squash, and sauté for an additional minute until they become slightly translucent.
  5. Add in the kale, followed by 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Sauté until kale begins to wilt.
  6. Move veggies aside with spatula and add in garlic. Sauté for about 30 seconds and then combine with the veggies. (This works best if you add garlic to the center of the skillet where there is more heat.)
  7. Add in the cooked rotini pasta and chicken, followed by 1 teaspoon oregano and mix until evenly incorporated. Remove skillet from heat.
  8. If using plastic tupperware for your weekday meal prep, allow pasta to cool for about 10 minutes before filling the containers. Refrigerate up to 4 days.
  9. Or serve immediately for a family dinner.
  10. Enjoy!

15-Minute Cheesy Chicken Pasta and Vegetables

15-Minute Cheesy Chicken Pasta and Vegetables – EASY and ready in minutes!! The cheesy pasta is COMFORT food while all the veggies add a HEALTHIER twist! Family-friendly and perfect for busy weeknights!!

How To Make This Easy 15-Minute Chicken and Pasta Recipe

This recipe is as simple as boiling pasta and adding broccoli and cauliflower florets for a few minutes at the end.

While the pasta cooks, to a separate skillet add bite-sized pieces of chicken breast, shredded carrots, green onions, and garlic.

Combine the cooked pasta, broccoli, and cauliflower with the chicken and carrot mixture.

Then add fresh baby spinach, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese before digging in and devouring. 

It’s an easy family-friendly recipe that is perfect for busy weeknights and sneaks in more vegetables than you’d think. 

Comfort Food Pasta + Lots Of Vegetables = The Best Of Both Worlds

This time of year, I know we’re all trying to eat more veggies.

But it’s cold outside and pasta tastes so good, especially when there’s melted cheese coating every bite.

Between the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green onions, and baby spinach, there’s plenty of veggies so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating cheesy pasta when you’re trying to stick to those resolutions.

Mix And Match

I use recipes like these when I am trying to clean out my pantry and fridge and this one is very flexible and forgiving.

Some optional tweaks and substitutions include:

  • Rather than penne pasta, use rotini, ziti, small shells, wheels. Healthy bonus points if you use whole-wheat pasta variations
  • Use a white or yellow onion rather than green
  • Swap the baby spinach for kale
  • Add fresh basil or cilantro if you have it on hand
  • Omit the cheese altogether, use only one kind, or use less of both the mozzarella and the Parmesan
  • Add lemon zest, lemon pepper seasoning, or a spritz of lemon juice. If that sounds good to you, try Lemon Pepper Basil Chicken and Pasta
  • Up the veggie quotient by adding bell peppers, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, zucchini, or yellow squash
  • Add more plant-based protein with edamame, peas, or garbanzo beans

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15-Minute Cheesy Chicken Pasta and Vegetables - EASY and ready in minutes!! The cheesy pasta is COMFORT food while all the veggies add a HEALTHIER twist! Family-friendly and perfect for busy weeknights!!

YIELD: 6

15-Minute Cheesy Chicken Pasta and Vegetables

prep time 5 MINUTES

cook time 15 MINUTES

total time 20 MINUTES

15-Minute Cheesy Chicken Pasta and Vegetables – EASY and ready in minutes!! The cheesy pasta is COMFORT food while all the veggies add a HEALTHIER twist! Family-friendly and perfect for busy weeknights!!

INGREDIENTS

  •  8 ounces penne pasta (ziti, rigatoni, rotini, wheels, small shells, etc. may be substituted)
  •  one 12-ounce package broccoli and cauliflower florets (or all broccoli or all cauliflower)
  •  3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
  •  1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into bite-sized pieces
  •  1 1/2 cups shredded carrots, loosely measured
  •  4 to 5 green onions, thinly sliced (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup)
  •  3 to 5 cloved garlic, finely minced or pressed
  •  1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  •  1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  •  1 1/2 to 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, loosely measured
  •  1 to 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  •  1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Boil pasta according to package directions in salted water in a very large skillet or pot. In the final 2 to 3 minutes of cooking, add the broccoli and cauliflower florets. Drain but reserve 1/2 cup pasta water in case you need it in step 6.
  2. Return the pasta and vegetables to the cooking pot; set aside.
  3. To a large skillet, add the olive oil, chicken, and cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the carrots, onions, salt, pepper, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables have softened; stir and flip intermittently to ensure even cooking.
  5. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant; stir nearly constantly.
  6. Add the chicken and carrot mixture to the large pot with the cooked pasta, broccoli, and cauliflower.
  7. Add the spinach, cheeses, and stir until cheese has all melted and spinach has wilted. Taste and check for seasoning balance and if necessary, add additional salt and/or pepper. Serve immediately. Recipe will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

NUTRITION INFORMATION:

YIELD:

 6 

SERVING SIZE:

 1
Amount Per Serving:CALORIES: 423TOTAL FAT: 19gSATURATED FAT: 6gTRANS FAT: 0gUNSATURATED FAT: 12gCHOLESTEROL: 86mgSODIUM: 781mgCARBOHYDRATES: 25gFIBER: 6gSUGAR: 4gPROTEIN: 38g

Chicken & Vegetable Pasta

This pasta recipe is quick-to-make and filled with flavor and goodness. A simple, affordable pasta recipe that your family will enjoy.4.8 out of 5 stars. Read reviews for average rating value is 4.8 of 5. Read 9 Reviews Same page link.

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What’s this?

10 min

Prep Time

25 min

Total Time

6

Servings

Ingredients

6 ounces (2 cups) uncooked dried fusilli pasta (thin corkscrew or pasta twists)

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic

1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1 (16-ounce) bag frozen vegetable mixture (broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts and red pepper)

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese GET INGREDIENTS

How to make

  1. STEP 1Cook fusilli pasta according to package directions. Drain. Set aside; keep warm.
  2. STEP 2Melt butter in 12-inch skillet until sizzling; add chicken, garlic and thyme. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 5-8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
  3. STEP 3Stir in vegetables. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 6-9 minutes or until vegetables are crisply tender. Stir in cooked fusilli and cheese.

Tip #1

To reheat leftovers, place mixture into bowl; cover loosely. Microwave 3-5 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition (1 serving)

340Calories

12Fat (g)

70Cholesterol (mg)

240Sodium (mg)

31Carbohydrates (g)

4Dietary Fiber

25Protein (g)

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