One-pot meals are a must in a busy household! This one-pot garlic parmesan chicken with pasta is a perfect dish that everyone will enjoy. Simple to prepare, delicious, and kid-friendly, it's a hit every time at our house. Best part? It's ready in just half an hour! From stove to table in 30-minutes? Yes, please!
Garlic Parmesan Chicken with Bow Tie Pasta
Chicken and pasta seem to go perfectly together on my meal plan, and this recipe is a great way to turn those into a delicious meal that is easy and satisfying. Sometimes, you just need a comforting rich meal, and this one definitely fits the bill.
If you want something a bit lighter, you might like this garlic butter chicken with asparagus or even this homestyle baked chicken paprikash recipe. It's delicious and super easy to make to create a new addition to your meal plan everyone loves.
Can I Use Chicken Thighs Instead?
Yes! Chicken thighs are a great choice for this recipe if you want something a bit different. Many prefer boneless skinless chicken thighs for meals like this because of the richer flavor. Plus they tend to not be as dry when cooked as chicken breasts are in dishes such as this one.
This recipe could also be made with boneless pork chops for a little different flavor. However, if using pork chops, you will want to make sure you don't overcook them as they can get a bit tough.
Do I Have to Use Bow Tie Pasta?
No. You can use any small pasta you prefer. I keep a few on hand at all times, so just grab whatever is handy. The bow tie is nice, but you could also use any of the pasta options listed below.
- Elbow macaroni
Use what you have on hand, or pick up something just a bit different. It works great with any pasta but is best with a small-sized pasta that will be easy to pick up with a fork rather than a long pasta like spaghetti or similar. While you can use those, you will want to be careful about cooking time as they can get mushy faster than the other types of pasta in this dish.
What Should I Serve with This Dish?
I love this dish because it is super satisfying all by itself, but of course, I like having some fresh vegetables on the side. We often toss in some peas and carrots in the last few minutes just to heat through. You can, of course, also serve with your favorite side salad or a serving of roasted or steamed vegetables.
I like this garlic parmesan sauteed zucchini because it matches the flavors so well. This candied carrots recipe is another favorite or even this homemade cheesy garlic bread recipe. Of course, whatever your family enjoys is best will be perfect with this recipe.
Can I Add Other Vegetables or Seasonings to This Dish?
Of course, you can! While onions and bell peppers are a natural fit for this, as mentioned above, you might want to add other options to the mix. Below are some other ideas that can add flavor, texture, and more to the recipe.
Add 1 teaspoon of any of the following blends to the mixture along with the garlic, salt, and black pepper.
- Cajun seasoning
- Greek seasoning
- Taco seasoning
- Italian seasoning
If adding additional fresh herbs such as basil, oregano, rosemary, or thyme, you would use 1 tablespoon fresh chopped.
Depending upon the doneness you prefer, these can be sauteed along with the chicken and kept in the mixture, or removed and added back just before serving to heat through.
- Green beans
- Brussels sprouts
What's the Best Pan For Making This?
When making something like this, I prefer using my Dutch oven, but a deep-sided skillet is another great option. You don't want a traditional skillet or pan as they will be a bit too small and you may have issues with stirring the mixture without it spilling over the edges.
If you haven't yet, investing in a good Dutch oven is a great tool for your kitchen. They heat evenly, come with a handy lid, and are super durable. Plus, you can take them from stovetop to oven with no worries about handles melting.
- Olive oil
- Chicken breasts
- Unsalted butter
- Red onion
- Bell pepper
- Chicken broth
- Heavy cream
- Bow tie pasta
- Black pepper
- Fresh parsley
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How to Make Garlic Parmesan Chicken with Bow Tie Pasta
In a deep-sided skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat.
To the pan, add the chicken cubes and cook, stirring regularly, for 3 minutes until the outside is browned.
Add in the onions and bell peppers, then continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
Stir in the garlic, salt, and black pepper then continue cooking for an additional 1 minute.
To the pot, add in the chicken broth, milk, cream, and the dry pasta and stir to combine.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover.
Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add in the parmesan cheese, and stir to combine.
Serve immediately with a sprinkle of fresh parsley.
More Pasta Recipes
I'm a big fan of pasta dishes for convenience and of course, tons of flavor. If you want a faster than normal meal, pasta is a great solution. Chicken combines wonderfully with pasta, but below are some other options that include seafood, beef, and even vegetarian options like mushrooms. Below are some more great ideas for a pasta dish to add to your weekly menu. Make sure you bookmark, print, or pin the recipe to add to your meal plan soon!
- Easy 30-Minute Chicken Pasta Primavera Recipe
- Baked Feta Pasta with Tomatoes
- Ultimate Lobster Mac and Cheese with Sherry Cream Sauce
- Rich Vegetarian Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe
- Simple Old Fashioned Goulash Recipe
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (30 ml)
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed (454 gm)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (28.35 gm)
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- ½ red bell pepper, chopped
- ½ green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups chicken broth (475 ml)
- ½ cup milk (118 ml)
- ½ cup heavy cream (120 ml)
- 8 oz bow tie pasta (200 gm)
- ½ teaspoon salt (3 gm)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper (2.33 gm)
- ½ cup parmesan cheese (45 gm)
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (3.8 gm)
- In a deep-sided skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat.
- To the pan, add the chicken cubes and cook, stirring regularly, for 3 minutes until the outside is browned.
- Add in the onions and bell peppers, then continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Stir in the garlic, salt, and black pepper then continue cooking for an additional 1 minute.
- To the pot, add in the chicken broth, milk, cream, and the dry pasta and stir to combine.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover.
- Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add in the parmesan cheese, and stir to combine.
- Serve immediately with a sprinkle of fresh parsley.
Substitute chicken thighs for breasts if desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 583Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 1064mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 45g