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Creamy Chicken Pasta

This Creamy Chicken Pasta has the most flavorful cream sauce tossed with crispy seared chicken. It’s easy to make and can be served with any kind of pasta! Add-on options include spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, and more!

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Creamy Chicken Pasta in a skillet with a wooden spoon and chopped parsley.

Creamy Chicken Pasta 

You are going to love the flavors in this Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe! This incredible cream sauce is infused with the best combination of seasonings and tossed with crispy seared chicken and savory pasta shells!

Although you can use any kind of pasta for this, I love the way the pockets in these pasta shells fill right up with this glorious sauce.

This recipe is different than your typical Chicken Alfredo Pasta for a few reasons: There is less butter, less cream, some chicken broth, the skillet is deglazed with wine after searing the chicken, and of course, the amazing combination of seasonings as well as some optional flavor enhancers.

BONUS: It’s fun to use this as a base recipe and mix it up with different add-ons, including spinach, diced or sundried tomatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, and more! 

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Slice the chicken in half lengthwise to create 2-4 thinner slices. Tenderize with a meat mallet. Season each side and dredge it in flour. Sear in olive oil and set aside. Deglaze the skillet with white wine and reduce by half. 

A plate of cooked chicken next to a skillet of wine deglazing a skillet.

Add butter and garlic. Add flour and stir continuously. Add half and half, chicken broth, and seasonings in small splashes.  

Making a roux in a skillet with butter, garlic, and flour.

Bring to a gentle bubble, then reduce to a simmer. Cover partially while you boil the pasta to al dente. 

Adding cream, broth, and seasonings to a roux to make creamy chicken pasta.

Stir in the cheese over low heat, then add the pasta, followed by the chicken. Stir to combine. Add a splash of pasta water to smooth it out if it’s thicker than preferred. Serve once desired consistency is reached. (Extra points if you squeeze some fresh lemon on top prior to serving!)

Adding pasta and chicken to a cream sauce to make Creamy Chicken Pasta.

Pro Tips

  • Pasta: I used Colavita Shells for this recipe but a variety of pastas work well, including fettuccine, linguine, and farfalle pasta.
  • Wine: Sauvignon Blanc is the best wine to use in this recipe, followed by Chardonnay, and then Pinot Grigio. Chicken broth can be used if you don’t cook with wine.
  • Cheese: I use Belgioioso Parmesan and Romano cheese for this recipe. If needed, all Parmesan can be used instead of Parmesan and Romano
  • Grate the cheese from a wedge as it will melt and taste much better than packaged grated cheese. 
  • Ensure the base of the sauce isn’t too hot when the cheese is added, otherwise the dairy can separate and create a grainy consistency.
  • Bouillon: I use Better Than Bouillon for broth/bouillon in my recipes. It takes very little space and makes it easy to measure out customized amounts. If you don’t have chicken bouillon for this recipe, it can be made without it. It just adds depth of flavor.
  • Optional Flavor Enhancers: Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and honey (1 tsp of each) can be added to the chicken broth mixture in step 1, they can’t be tasted outright but they make the other flavors pop! (I use Frank’s hot sauce.)  
  • Optional additions include: Roasted broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, and cherry or sundried tomatoes. If adding mushrooms, I recommend that you sauté them separately and stir them into the sauce at the end. 
  • For a crunchy topping: Toast up some panko breadcrumbs and melted butter in a separate skillet and sprinkle them on top of the pasta at the end!

A skillet filled with Creamy Chicken Pasta with pasta shells and seared chicken strips.

Storing/Reheating

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • I like to reheat leftovers in a makeshift double boiler to restore it back to its original consistency.
  • Add reserved pasta water while reheating leftovers if possible, it helps to smooth the sauce back out. A little milk or chicken broth can also be used if you don’t have pasta water.
  • Frozen leftovers should be fully thawed before reheating. 

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Creamy Chicken Pasta on a white plate with parsley on top.

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Creamy Chicken Pasta with cream sauce and shell pasta with chicken strips.

Creamy Chicken Pasta

4.99 from 52 ratings
This Creamy Chicken Pasta has the most flavorful cream sauce tossed with juicy chicken and any kind of pasta! Add-on options include spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, and more!

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1 large boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Salt/pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil

Pasta/Sauce

  • ½ cup dry white wine, see notes
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 ¼ cups half and half, (half light cream, half milk)
  • ¾ cups chicken broth
  • ½ chicken bouillon cube
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup Romano cheese, grated, see notes
  • ½ lb. pasta, any kind
  • 1 cup pasta water, optional
  • 1 lemon, optional

Seasonings

  • ½ teaspoon EACH: onion powder, garlic salt, oregano, basil, mustard powder, parsley, all dried seasonings
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika

Instructions

Prep Work

  • Combine the half and half, chicken broth, and seasonings in a large measuring cup with a spout and set aside. Measure out remaining ingredients before beginning. Place a measuring cup in the colander that you’ll use to drain the pasta so that you remember to reserve some pasta water when that step arrives.

Season/Sear the Chicken

  • Slice the chicken in half lengthwise to create 2-4 thinner slices. Place plastic wrap over the chicken and pound each side to about 1-inch thick, it will plump up more when cooked. Pat each side dry. Season with salt/pepper and Italian seasoning. Sprinkle each side of the chicken with flour and rub it over the surface. (This gives it a little texture and prevents it from sticking to the skillet.)
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear until a golden crust develops, 3-4 minutes per side. Set aside and let rest for 10 minutes, then cut into strips.

Make the Sauce

  • Start boiling water for the pasta.
  • Add the wine to the skillet and then set the heat to medium. Use a silicone spatula to clean the bottom and sides of the skillet, the “fond” will add more flavor to the sauce. Bring to a gentle bubble and reduce by half, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the butter and garlic to the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Add the flour and stir continuously for 2 minutes, until the raw flour smell is cooked off.
  • Add the chicken broth/half and half mixture in small splashes, stirring continuously. Do this slowly to keep the roux intact and to maintain a thick consistency.
  • Stir in the ½ chicken bouillon cube. Bring to a gentle bubble, then reduce heat to low and cover partially.

Boil the Pasta

  • Salt the boiling water and add the pasta. Cook until no more than al dente. Set a timer to avoid overcooking. Stir occasionally as it cooks. Drain once cooked and reserve 1 cup of pasta water.

Finish the Dish

  • Gradually sprinkle the cheese into the sauce, stirring continuously.
  • Add the pasta and use a silicone spatula to gently toss to incorporate. Add the cooked chicken along with any juices from the plate and toss to combine.
  • If desired, add pasta water, small splashes at a time, and gently toss until desired consistency is reached. (This can be very helpful when reheating leftovers as well, it smooths the sauce back out.)
  • Optional: Squeeze fresh lemon over the pasta prior to serving. (This is a must for our family!) Garnish with parsley and serve!

Notes

Pro Tips:
  • Wine: Sauvignon Blanc is the best wine to use in this recipe, followed by Chardonnay, and then Pinot Grigio. Chicken broth can be used if you don’t cook with wine.
  • Pasta: I used Colavita Shells for this recipe but a variety of pastas work well, including fettuccine, linguine, and farfalle pasta.
  • Cheese: I use Belgioioso Parmesan and Romano cheese for this recipe. If needed, all Parmesan can be used instead of Parmesan and Romano.
  • Grate the cheese from a wedge as it will melt and taste much better than packaged grated cheese. 
  • Ensure the base of the sauce isn't too hot when the cheese is added, otherwise the dairy can separate and create a grainy consistency.
  • Bouillon: I use Better Than Bouillon for broth/bouillon in my recipes. It takes very little space and makes it easy to measure out customized amounts. If you don't have chicken bouillon for this recipe, it can be made without it. It just adds depth of flavor.
  • Optional Flavor Enhancers: Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and honey (1 tsp of each) can be added to the chicken broth mixture in step 1, they can't be tasted outright but they make the other flavors pop! (I use Frank's hot sauce.)  
  • Optional additions include: Roasted broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. If adding mushrooms, I recommend that you sauté them separately and stir them into the sauce at the end.
  • For a crunchy topping: Toast up some panko breadcrumbs and melted butter in a separate skillet and sprinkle them on top of the pasta at the end!

Storage
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • I like to reheat leftovers in a makeshift double boiler to restore it back to its original consistency.
  • Add reserved pasta water while reheating leftovers if possible, it helps to smooth the sauce back out. A little milk or chicken broth can also be used if you don't have pasta water.
  • Frozen sauce should be thawed overnight in the fridge before reheating. 

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving. There are 4 servings in this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 526kcal, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 810mg, Potassium: 554mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 447IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 290mg, Iron: 2mg
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119 comments on “Creamy Chicken Pasta”

  1. Loved It!!

  2. This recipe is a definite keeper. So good! Did 4 whole chicken breasts, doubled the sauce recipe and left off the lemon. Quick, easy and delicious. What more could you ask for?

  3. It was good, and I will make again! Definitely took a little while– not hard just a little labor/watch intensive. It had a bit of an “after taste”, not horrible but just a tad bitter in the back of the throat. I like wine and cook with it, but not usually Sauvignon Blanc, nor do I often drink that kind, so I may switch it for a Chardonnay next time. I can’t think of anything else that would give that slight after taste. But, surprisingly, it reheated well! I cook for one, so I got 5 meals out of it, I think. I just put it in a small pan/pot and added maybe 2 tablespoon of half & half and chicken broth (both leftover from the recipe) and heated slowly. When it was almost fully warmed, I threw in a pinch of each cheese (also left over). Good pasta dishes such as this one rarely reheat well, so I was very pleased. Thanks!

    • I’m happy that you enjoyed it Andrea! It’s possible that maybe the wine didn’t sufficiently reduce down enough which could result in a bitter taste, but I know that you cook with wine often! 🙂 Definitely adjust to cook with a wine that you prefer! Thank you very much for the review, I’m so glad that you were able to enjoy reheated leftovers! (Leftovers are the BEST!) Thank you!!

  4. What would be your steps to properly freeze this meal? 

  5. I was trying to find a recipe that replicated one of my favorite Italian restaurant menu item. Your recipe delivered! So delicious ! I added chopped asparagus spears and the toasted panko breadcrumbs- Loved!

  6. Don’t leave out the wine people! This recipe is delish and the Sauvignon Blanc makes it sing. I made this with orecchiette (little ears) pasta and spinach, it was so good. Definitely squeeze the lemon juice over the finished dish for a little extra brightness. Nice one Cozy Cook!!

  7. The picture on here does not do this recipe justice. It’s not like a Mac and cheese like it appears in the photo, but more of a light white wine cream sauce. This was SO much better than expected! My whole family loved it – even my toddler. Thank you! 

    • I am SOOO happy to hear that Kristin!! I know what you mean, the flavor is hard to beat, hard to capture that in a picture! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, I’m so glad your whole family, toddler included, loved it!! ❤️❤️❤️

  8. I followed this word for word, then added broccoli and spinach.

    Using Chardonnay to deglaze adds a dimension of tannins that go so well with the seasonings and the optional lemon juice!

    I love this recipe and will be making this often!

  9. I’m lactose intolerant so I used lactose free 1/2 and1/2 and it was delicious 

  10. So so good. Really enjoyed

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