22 Chicken Pasta Recipes You’ll Want to Dig Right Into

If you’re not pairing chicken with pasta, you’re missing out!

June 30, 2022

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Winner, Winner Chicken (and Pasta) Dinners

There’s no denying that chicken and pasta are a perfect pair. Both ingredients are easy to cook (as long as you avoid a few common mistakes) and work well with so many different flavors. Whether you choose budget-friendly chicken thighs or ever-popular chicken breast, spaghetti noodles or folded tortellini, you’re sure to serve up a winning dish. Need a few ideas to get you started? You can’t go wrong with a comforting baked pasta like our ricotta-filled stuffed shells. They’re packed with tender, flavorful chicken-thigh meat and smothered in an ultra-creamy alfredo sauce.

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One-Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta

You can have this creamy and comforting pasta with chicken on the table in just 30 minutes and best of all, it all cooks in one pot ― you won't even need to boil water first! It's packed with tender chicken thighs, bell peppers and onions, and finished off with a creamy tomato sauce.

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The Best Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan should have, well, Parmesan. So, we not only topped ours with it, we added it to the crust for even more flavor and texture. For the coating, we prefer to start with plain breadcrumbs and enhance them with our favorite flavors. And our very simple, classic Italian-American tomato sauce has a bright and tomato-y flavor that cuts through the richness of the chicken and pasta.

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Instant Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken Pasta

The internet loves this ready-in-a-hurry dish but too many versions are overly soupy or have curdled sauces. Our version uses chicken thighs because they stay moist and tender; we stir them into the cheese mixture after it is cooked to create a creamy, tangy mixture that is perfect over pasta.

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Three-Cheese Chicken and Mushroom Baked Pasta with Pancetta

Penne pasta baked with cremini mushrooms, chicken, pancetta and three cheeses: fontina, mozzarella and Parmesan. What else can we say?!

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Chicken Tetrazzini

This classic Italian dish has linguine, chicken, mushrooms and peas covered with a delicious white bechamel sauce.

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Chicken Fajita Pasta

Fajitas meet pasta in this one-skillet marriage. Creamy and packed with peppers and onions, the whole meal can be made in just 30 minutes! A tortilla chip topping adds some surprising (and welcome) crunch.

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Chicken Scampi Pasta

Chicken takes the place of shrimp in this dish inspired by the Olive Garden classic making it even more weeknight friendly. Serve over angel hair pasta and you'll be in and out if the kitchen in less than 30 minutes. Molto bene!

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Chicken Cacciatore

This family-friendly dish is an Italian-inspired feast! Reeuses egg because they soak in all that buttery, saucy flavor.

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Chicken Alfredo Manicotti

We save some time by piping the chicken, cheese and spinach filling directly into uncooked manicotti shells, then letting them bake to perfection in a creamy, rich Alfredo sauce. Comfort pasta at its best.

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Chicken Puttanesca Pasta

This super-fast version of the pasta dish that originated in Naples, Italy uses cut-up rotisserie chicken for a hearty weeknight meal that's ready in a flash.

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Lemon Herb Chicken Pasta with Green Peas, Snap Peas and Spinach

This veggie-focused dish has plenty of texture: the perfect complement to lemony roasted chicken and al dente pasta.

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Instant Pot Cheesy Pasta and Chicken

Make your Instant Pot do all the work while you sit back and relax. Simply cut up the chicken and then keep adding in your ingredients until everything is cooked and ready.

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Herby Chicken and Spinach Baked Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella

Toss fusilli with plenty of fresh parsley, spinach, shredded rotisserie chicken and mozzarella and bake it until golden-brown. A shower of fresh parsley at the end adds a fresh touch.

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Fusilli with Chicken and Broccoli Rabe

Giada’s pasta dish is completed with protein, punchy greens and lots freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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Chicken Sausage, Pepper and Onion Pasta Fake-Bake

A baked homemade meal always looks the best! But when you don’t have time, Rachael’s "fake-bake" will give you that lovely appearance in less than 25 minutes. The key is to cook everything in a skillet then assemble in a glass pan. It only needs 2 minutes in the oven to set.

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Chicken Florentine Pasta

Instead of a heaping bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, how about olive-oil-coated penne with chicken? Ree cooks the meat separately then adds the pasta, veggies and parmesan cheese, blending all the flavors together.

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Skillet Chicken Lasagna

Don’t have the patience to make a layered lasagna? Ree takes the typical ingredients and throws them all together into a skillet for a much easier take.

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Date Night Chicken Pasta

This creamy, perfect-for-two option is deceptively simple. Ree makes it in a matter of minutes with just a handful of ingredients ― and it’s delicious!

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Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina

Giada brings comfort food to a whole new level with her baked chicken and pasta dish. She uses simple ingredients that deliver big flavor.

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Peanut Chicken Pasta

This stir-fry pasta feeds a crowd and satisfies the stomach with chicken, green beans and noodles. The peanut sauce is an extra step, but totally worth it.

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Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss

Rachael’s 20-minute dish will easily become your new weeknight dinner go-to!

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