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Pappardelle with Creamy Chicken Sauce

This rich and creamy pasta dish is a great example of how satisfying Italian comfort food can be. Instead of pappardelle, try the recipe with tagliatelle or fettuccine.

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  • Servings: 6
Pappardelle with Creamy Chicken Sauce

Source: Everyday Food, March 2011


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 7 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces (2 pounds total)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced medium
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 pound pappardelle


  1. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook until it releases its juices and is almost cooked through, about 7 minutes. Add onion and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a rapid simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain pasta and add to sauce, tossing to combine and adding enough pasta water to create a creamy sauce that coats pasta. Serve immediately.


Reviews (8)

  • towchick17 27 Dec, 2014

    Made this tonight adding parsley, basil, thyme, nutmeg, red pepper flakes, shrooms, shredded brussel sprouts and shredded Romano cheese to the chicken. This was delicious served over hot pappardelle pasta & shredded Romano cheese on top. My husband even liked it and he's not a saucy kind of guy. Will cook again.

  • teachermum 4 Nov, 2011

    I LOVE MS recipes and have never had a complaint before, but I made this recipe last night (exactly according to directions) and it turned out so bland the whole family hated it. It was so bland that the one year old (who will eat paper, dirt, etc.) spit it out and my husband poured soy sauce over his just to give it some flavor. The consistency was fine, it just completely lacked flavor.

  • LoveRiot 6 Sep, 2011

    just had to make a comment to pinkflamingo.....

    2 cups heavy cream.....if you churn it and churn it, it turns into.......


  • pinkflamingo72 10 Aug, 2011

    Made this last night as shown with pappardelle, but added mushrooms. Very easy dish, and very good comfort food. I'm surprised how creamy and flavorful it is, and no butter involved! Will definitely make again, maybe adding a little red pepper flakes play with the flavor.

  • SDMurphy 1 Jul, 2011

    I made this last night, but used Campanelle pasta, and added some red chili flakes to the sauce, and some chopped fresh Italian parsley. I think it added a little more to the recipe. It was good, and would make a great winiter comfort dinner.

  • ram9270 6 Jun, 2011

    This recipe is tasteless and ick. I used turkey breast pieces instead of chicken thighs, so that may have had something to do with it, but even if I had used the chicken I don't think it would have improved much. Pass on this one.

  • SSGifford 9 Apr, 2011

    I made this recipe last night with al dente pasta company garlic herb pappardelle and it was so good I ate the leftovers for breakfast.

  • laurenhm 6 Apr, 2011

    I tried this recipe and my family loved it! I did add Pecorino Romano...made it taste even better. Next time I think I'll mushrooms and maybe try it with shrimp.

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