Sometimes you just want a heaping plate of pasta. There’s something so comforting about carbs, and we are totally here for it! Pasta just happens to be one of our favorite carbs on the block (potatoes are a short second). Our Italian chicken and pasta features plenty of pasta, tender chicken for added protein, and some yummy vegetables too. We also made it creamy thanks to the addition of heavy cream and lots of Parmesan cheese. There are so many different reasons to love this meal. But, the number one reason? It all comes together in just one pot, which means fewer dishes and less clean-up! Who doesn’t want that after a long day? It also only takes about 30 minutes to make. Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than that.
What Kind Of Chicken Should I Use?
We always opt for classic boneless and skinless chicken breasts. You can cut it up into bite-sized cubes easily, and it’s one of the more budget-friendly proteins available. That said, if you have a different cut of chicken that you can cut up evenly, go ahead and use that instead. Boneless thighs and tenderloins would be our top substitution picks!
Heavy Cream Substitute:
If you’re looking to make this recipe a tad lighter, you can replace the cream with half and half or whole milk instead. Keep in mind that you may end up with less creamy results. Another option is to stir in cream cheese at then end, until melted — start with a few tablespoons, then add more until it is as creamy as you would like.
Can I Use Frozen Vegetables Instead Of Fresh?
We want this recipe to be as easy to make as possible. If you have frozen vegetables you’d like to use instead of fresh, go for it! That’s half the beauty of this dish: you can absolutely use what you have on hand. We do recommend that you thaw frozen spinach and squeeze out the excess liquid first.
Speaking of using what you have on hand, you can switch up the vegetables you use too! Our one pot chicken pasta features sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. Build off of our suggestions and add in other veggies, or you can get creative and use completely different varieties. Here are some yummy suggestions:
- Bell peppers
We sprinkle a healthy helping of Parmesan cheese to finish off this chicken and pasta recipe. You can also load up on even more cheese if you’re in the mood for an extra cheesy pasta dish. These are our favorites:
- Pecorino Romano
This dish is filling and hearty enough to enjoy on its own. That said, if you want to round it out with a few other sides, you can absolutely do so. We love a good salad, bread, and pasta combo! Below are some of our favorite salad and bread options: