17 Chicken Pasta Recipes You'll Want to Make Any Night of the Week
Pasta is typically fast, endlessly versatile, and always delicious—put these three traits together and it's easy to understand why it's the ideal mealtime staple. Another plus? Pasta comes in so many shapes and sizes. Wide noodles like tagliatelle and pappardelle are ideal for twirling in a rich sauce, whereas ridged and ruffle shapes like farfalle and penne rigate hold up to denser sauces. Chicken is another versatile ingredient, so we like to pair it with our favorite noodles whenever possible. That's why ground chicken, chicken breasts, chicken cutlets, and chicken thighs are all spotlighted alongside pasta in these mouthwatering recipes.
We've never met a bolognese sauce that's both a breeze to make and super lean—until now. Our Chicken Bolognese with Tagliatelle is made with ground chicken in place of the usual beef, pork, and veal blend. The meat is cooked with traditional mirepoix (celery, onions, and carrots), plus tomato paste, white wine, whole milk, and whole peeled tomatoes. It's simmered until thickened, then tossed with cooked pasta noodles and Parmesan cheese for a decadent meal. Another savory and comforting dish featuring wide tagliatelle is our Chicken and Mushroom Pasta. A rich cream sauce made with heavy cream, white wine, and Parmesan is simply irresistible, while cremini mushrooms bring plenty of savory, meaty flavors alongside boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
We also have several pasta recipes featuring chicken that come together in less than 30 minutes. Our recipe for Greek Chicken One-Pan Pasta is, as the name suggests, made in just one pan; the secret to the savory taste here is that the pasta is cooked in a combination of chicken broth, water, and lemon zest, which builds a burst of flavor. And Spicy Chicken Pasta is a super simple, Pomodoro-style dish that uses diced chicken breast, tons of baby spinach, and red pepper flakes for a kick.
From creamy and rich to light and lemony, you'll want to make these delicious chicken pasta recipes for dinner this week.
Chicken Bolognese with Tagliatelle
Greek-Chicken One-Pan Pasta
This speedy, family-friendly meal comes together in just 30 minutes. We love using fusilli pasta, which is a corkscrew shape that holds the savory, lemon-infused sauce in its curves.
Chicken and Mushroom Tagliatelle
Chicken Puttanesca with Orzo
Pasta with Chicken and Mushrooms
Spicy Chicken Pasta
Chicken, Edamame, and Noodle Stir-Fry
This Japanese-inspired, one-bowl dinner combines frozen, shelled edamame with cabbage and chicken in a light, tangy sauce.
Chicken and Kale Casserole
Light Chicken and Squash Lasagna
Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Sliced chicken breast, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes are tossed with penne pasta and a creamy garlic-provolone sauce for a cheesy, bubbling, and flavorful casserole.
Pasta with Chicken, Tomato, and Feta
Thai Chicken and Noodle Salad
Equal parts savory, sweet, tangy, and spicy, the dressing is what makes this one-bowl meal irresistible. Garnish the salad with your choice of toppings, including bean sprouts, scallions, fresh mint, and chopped peanuts.
Chicken with Artichokes and Angel Hair
Two pantry staples—canned artichoke hearts and capers—create a quick, sophisticated sauce for sautéed chicken cutlets. Serve on a bed of angel hair or any other pasta you have on hand.
Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Lean chicken sausage and lots of veggies keep this dish healthy while not skimping on flavor. If you don't have broccoli rabe, any leafy green—such as kale or Swiss chard—will do.
Shells with Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella
Inspired by a caprese salad, this quick pasta dish combines tomatoes, basil, and creamy fresh mozzarella with grilled chicken. No time to fire up the grill? This recipe is great with rotisserie chicken, too.
Pappardelle with Creamy Chicken Sauce
A simple sauce of garlic, onion, and cream envelops wide ribbons of pasta and sautéed chicken breast. Make a green salad while the sauce simmers, and dinner is ready in about half an hour.