Cheesy Chicken Pasta

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This classic combination of tender chicken, al dente pasta, and a rich, velvety cheese sauce is a delight for dinner. Cheesy Chicken Pasta will be your newest go-to meal.

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Why Make This Cheesy Chicken Pasta

Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a dish to impress your guests, Cheesy Chicken Pasta is the answer. It’s full of flavor, protein and creamy cheesy sauce in each bite. You can easily make this ahead of time for meal prep.

Everything is cooked in one pan, so there are less dishes to fuss with. You will love this comfort meal. Also consider my Ground Beef & Sweet Potato Skillet for another banger of a meal!

Ingredients Needed

Small bowls filled with ingredients and seasonings.

Chicken Breasts. Use high quality boneless chicken breasts. Thighs will also work.

Roasted Red Peppers. I buy them in a jar in the pickle/condiment aisle. This cuts down on time and adds a little zest to the recipe.

Cheese. I prefer Italian blended mix for this recipe, mozzarella works also.

Peas. I use frozen peas for this recipe.

Seasonings. Salt, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried basil, black pepper

All other ingredients and measurements can be found in the recipe card below. 

Recipe Variations

Chicken. Chicken breasts or chicken thighs will work great.

Pasta. Use any pasta shape of choice! I love penne and bowtie pasta fo this recipe but fettuccine.

Sour Cream. You can omit this or you can use plain greek yogurt to make it a bit healthier.

Cream Cheese. This is an important ingredient. You can use Neufchâtel as well.

Roasted Red Peppers. You can also use fresh red bell pepper for this.

Cheese. Italian blends are always great but mozzarella, Monterey jack or pepper jack will work as well. Any cheese that melts nice and smooth.

Steps To Make This Recipe

Steps to make this recipe in a grey skillet with chicken and veggies in it.

Step One. In a large, heavy bottomed (deep) skillet or a pot, add 1/2 tsp oil. Add in the cubed chicken and cook on medium/high heat for about 8-10 minutes, turn the chicken often. We are just browning the chicken. It will finish cooking in the broth later. Set the chicken aside on a plate (photo 1).

Step Two. Add the shallot and sauté for a few minutes until transparent, stirring occasionally. Add the chopped roasted red peppers and minced garlic (photo 2).

Step Three. Next, add in the seasonings and mix in well. Pour in the broth, add noodles, chicken and peas. Cover the skillet or pot and bring to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes (timing will vary depending on noodle shape you choose). *If you cooked your chicken all the way through in step one, add the chicken back in AFTER the pasta is al dente to avoid over cooking the chicken.

Step Four. The pasta will absorb a lot of the liquid, please check on the mix around 12-15 minutes, if it’s drying up, add in 1/2 cup more of broth or water to help cook the noodles. Keep the pot covered so the noodles cook well.

Step Five. Once the chicken is cooked through and pasta is al dente, fold in the cream cheese and sour cream (or yogurt) and the shredded cheese. Melt everything together on a low simmer and mix well.

Step Six. Serve the cheesy chicken pasta on plates or bowls and enjoy!

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze these for up to 2 months. 

Large grey skillet with cheesy pasta and hunks of chicken in it.

Recipe FAQs

What is the best cheese to melt into this recipe?

I prefer Italian cheese blends (pre mixed). Mozzarella will work, gouda, fontina and so one. The options are truly endless and they can all add great flavor.

What pasta shape is best?

Be sure to use a similar shape pasta to bow tie for cooking times to remain the same (they can vary if you choose a different shape so be mindful!) Penne or rigatoni work great.

Recipe Tips

Variations. Experiment with different types of cheese, spices, or seasonings to create your unique twist on the dish.

Serve hot. Cheesy chicken pasta is best enjoyed straight from the stove when the cheese is hot and gooey. It does make a great meal prep meal, it reheats well in the microwave.

Be patient with the pasta! Pasta is so different from brand to brand and shape, if your pasta noodles need a little more broth or water added to the dish, add it! Also be sure to cover the pot/skillet to keep the moisture in and cook the noodles quickly.

Recipe Pairings

This recipe is great served with a hearty Kale Salad or Homemade Garlic Rolls. You can also serve with steamed veggies like broccoli or carrots.

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Green ceramic plate with pasta and chicken. A silver fork on the side with cilantro.
5 from 4 votes

Cheesy Chicken Pasta

Tender chicken, pasta, and a rich, velvety cheese sauce is a delight for dinner. Cheesy Chicken Pasta will be your newest go-to meal. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • large deep skillet or pot
  • sharp knives

Ingredients 

  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • 3 large chicken breasts, cubed , boneless/skinless (about 1 lb)
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp salt, more to taste!
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • cup chicken broth, low sodium
  • 1 cup bowtie pasta, *see notes
  • cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream , *see notes
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese , *see notes

Instructions 

  • In a large, heavy bottomed (deep) skillet or a pot, add 1/2 tsp oil. Add in the cubed chicken and cook on medium/high heat for about 8-10 minutes, turn the chicken often. We are just browning the chicken. It will finish cooking in the broth later. Set the chicken aside on a plate
  • Add the shallot and sauté for a few minutes until transparent, stirring occasionally. Add the chopped roasted red peppers and minced garlic.
  • Next, add in the seasonings and mix in well. Pour in the broth, add noodles, chicken and peas. Cover the skillet or pot and bring to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes (timing will vary depending on noodle shape you choose). *If you cooked your chicken all the way through in step one, add the chicken back in AFTER the pasta is al dente to avoid over cooking the chicken. 
  • The pasta will absorb a lot of the liquid, please check on the mix around 12-15 minutes, if it's drying up, add in 1/2 cup more of broth or water to help cook the noodles. Keep the pot covered so the noodles cook well.
  • Once the chicken is cooked through and pasta is al dente, fold in the cream cheese and sour cream (or yogurt) and the shredded cheese. Melt everything together on a low simmer and mix well. 
  • Serve the cheesy chicken pasta on plates or bowls and enjoy! 

Notes

*penne or rigatoni will also work well. Keep in mind pasta brands and shapes cook differently so please check the pasta cook and add more broth or water (1/2 cup at a time) as needed to get the perfect noodle cook! 
*use low fat cream cheese if desired.
*you can also use plain greek yogurt.
*mozzarella, gouda, fontina, pepper jack will all also work depending on what flavor you prefer.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze these for up to 2 months.   

Nutrition

Serving: 1.25cup | Calories: 668kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 1388mg | Potassium: 1180mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1045IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 382mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 668
Keyword: 30 minute, Comfort, pasta
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Noticed this new recipe last night and made it today (for dinner tonight) it was SO GOOD 😊 cheesy creamy heaven.

    1. So happy to hear this! It’s a brand new recipe so loving the feedback!

  2. Big fan of this delectable dish! It is great for when the temps drop.