Chicken Pasta (Chicken Spaghetti)

Updated: August 28, 2022, By Swasthi

This Chicken Pasta is an easy dinner solution for your hunger pangs. You crave for something homemade, light and quick after your day’s work or school, this chicken pasta is the easiest meal you can make under 30 mins. Serve it with some veggie salad or grilled veggies on the side.

chicken pasta aka chicken spaghetti

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If you are lucky enough & have enough time for an elaborate meal, serve chicken spaghetti with Cheese toast., Corn soup, this quick French toast.

This simple recipe uses ingredients that are easy to source, such as boneless chopped chicken breast/thighs, spaghetti, fresh tomatoes, onion, spices such as chili flakes, garlic, and dried or fresh herbs.

With some chopping and a couple of cooking steps, you can have a filling, nutritious dinner that will keep both your belly and your wallet full. Leftovers will taste even better the next day too!

To make sure you make the best chicken pasta possible, it’s important to know how to cook one of the most fundamental ingredients: the pasta.

Pro Tips for Boiling Pasta

One of the easiest ways to level up your cooking game is knowing how to properly cook pasta. Whether it’s long, thin spaghetti or short, curly cavatappi, most pastas need to be boiled properly to get their trademark bite and flavor.

Here are a few tips for perfectly boiled pasta.

  1. Salt the water. If you hear someone tell you your pasta water needs to be “salty like the sea,” follow their advice! Salty water helps season the pasta and make it taste good.
  2. Don’t add oil. Some folks say that adding oil to pasta water keeps the pasta from sticking. This is just not true, and the oil prevents the sauce from sticking to the pasta. Just give the pasta a little stir or two, especially at the beginning of cooking, to prevent it from sticking.
  3. Reserve some pasta water. Pasta water helps loosen and emulsify pasta sauces, giving them better overall texture and consistency. Don’t be afraid to keep some behind to perfect your pasta!
  4. Toss pasta in sauce immediately after draining. To keep your pasta’s texture and warmth, make sure whatever sauce you want to use is ready to go as soon as you start to drain the noodles.

Variations on Chicken Pasta

This chicken pasta is easily adaptable to suit your needs.

You can use shredded cooked chicken, grilled chicken, or brined chicken instead of raw chicken breast to speed up the cooking.

For additional richness, try topping the pasta with Italian or melting cheeses like parmesan, ricotta, mozzarella, Fontina, or cheddar.

If you don’t have any fresh tomatoes on hand, just use canned! For more texture, use diced or whole canned tomatoes. For a smoother sauce, canned tomato sauce or passata will also work.

Tomato enthusiasts are encouraged to try finding canned San Marzano tomatoes, especially ones with a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO or sometimes DOP in Italian) label for authenticity.

Fresh herb lovers can go wild. Basil, parsley, oregano, marjoram, and rosemary all complement this recipe handsomely.

Consider adding soft herbs towards the end of cooking to preserve their freshness and harder, woodier herbs earlier to soften them and draw out their flavors.

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How to Make Chicken Pasta (Stepwise Photos)

Cook Spaghetti

1. Bring 10 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Add salt and spaghetti and cook as per the instructions on the pack. I used organic durum wheat spaghetti.

2. They must be cooked al dente. Drain them in a colander and rinse them well.

Make the Sauce

3. Heat oil in a pan and saute garlic until it smells good.

4. Add chicken shredded or cubed and then sprinkle salt. I had brined the chicken in vinegar for about 2 hours. If you have brined yours in salted solution, then skip adding salt to the pan here.

5. Saute on a medium heat until completely cooked. Add the spices. Saute on high heat just for a min or 2.

6. Set the chicken aside. Add little more oil to the pan. Saute garlic until aromatic. Then add onions.

7. Saute until the onions turn golden.

8. Add the pureed tomatoes.

9. Cook until the sauce thickens. It does take some time to thicken. Time to add the chicken and herbs. You may taste test and add more spices or herbs here.

Make Chicken Spaghetti

10. Add 3 to 4 tbsps pasta cooked stock. And cook till it reaches a saucy consistency as shown in the picture.

11. Add cooked pasta.

12. Saute for 2 to 3 mins. Off the heat. At this stage if your chicken pasta looks dry, add little more stock.

Serve chicken spaghetti hot or warm with a bowl of soup.

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Chicken Pasta (Chicken Spaghetti)

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Make this fast, easy and delicious spaghetti & chicken meal under 30 mins. The recipe uses simple pantry ingredients & is dairy-free. But you can use cheese or butter to make it cheesy and buttery.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings2 to 3
AuthorSwasthi

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 5 to 6 ounces (140 grams) spaghetti or pasta of choice
  • 5 to 7 ounce (150 to 200 grams) boneless chicken shredded or cubed to ½ inch pieces
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Olive oil or butter (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon (3) garlic cloves (fine chopped, divided)
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1½ cups (350 grams) tomatoes deseeded and chopped or pureed or crushed
  • 1 to 1½ teaspoon red chili flakes (adjust to taste)
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon black pepper coarsely crushed
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon allspice (or double garam masala or Chinese five spice, adjust to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (more to boil spaghetti)
  • ½ teaspoon dried herbs or fresh herbs as needed


Instructions

Cook Spaghetti

  • Bring water to a rapid boil in a large pot. Add salt and pasta. Let the water keep boiling and cook the spaghetti al dente & not too soft. Refer the instructions on the pack for the amount of salt and the exact cook time.
  • Reserve ½ cup spaghetti cooked stock and drain the spaghetti to a colander.

How to make chicken pasta

  • Heat half the oil in a pan or pot. Add half of the garlic and let it sizzle for a minute. Add the shredded or diced chicken and saute until soft and fully cooked.
  • Add the ground spices and saute on a high heat for a minute. Set the chicken aside.
  • Pour rest of the oil to the pan and add the rest of the garlic. When the garlic begins to sizzle, add the chopped onions. Saute until golden.
  • Add tomatoes and cook until the sauce becomes thick.
  • Transfer the sautéed chicken and 2 to 3 tbsps of pasta cooked stock. Mix and simmer for a few minutes until the sauce reaches a thick consistency. Taste test and add more salt or spices to taste.
  • Add spaghetti and mix well. If your chicken spaghetti looks dry, you may add a splash of pasta stock or more oil.
  • If you like to make it cheesy add your favorite cheese over the chicken spaghetti. Serve hot with a side of soup or cheese toast.


NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Pasta (Chicken Spaghetti)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 660 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 581mg25%
Potassium 902mg26%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Vitamin C 24.9mg30%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
quick & easy to make 🙂

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im gonna use this for my fce end-of-year exam

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Easy and delicious

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yum yum very tasty

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I like it too much. My son is fitness freek and never eat pasta, noodles etc. But this recipe makes him happy . Thankyou Swati. I always like your dishes .

Can we use any pasta?

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Really came out well. Thanks for the recipe ?.

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Hi Swasthi
Prepared this mouthwatering dish tonight. It was healthy as well as tasty.
Keep up your good work.

Hi!

What spice powder can I use to make this?

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I made it. It was yummy. Thanks for recepie.

I made it. It was yummy. Thanks for recepie

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Nice recipe keep it up ?

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I appreciate the time and effort you put in writing these articles. Very good job madam, im a bachelor trying to learn the basic of cooking through your email id

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What spice powder can I use to make this?

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Hi swasthi. Easy and tasty recipe . Loved it . Healthy too . Thank u so much.

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Hi swasthi
Tried ur chicken pasta yday which turned out very nice n my family loved it??
Thanku sooo much for such wonderful n mouth watering n health recipe….

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hello ma’am
I want to know what if I replace spaghetti with chowmin will it still be that delicious?

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Ma’m you are an inspiration to all.. Thank you for such lovely recipes.
I bet if you compete in any cooking competition, you will win it hands down.
Cheers to U!!

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Made this recipe today, absolutely amazing! It was quick and easy to do, as well as being nutritious. I did make a few changes: I added a chopped carrot with the tomatoes (canned), as well as adding more garam masala, chilli powder and a pinch of thyme with the chicken when adding to the sauce. Will definitely make again.

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Made this, turned out great. Thank you