Pasta and chicken – that’s a healthy combo! But provided you use the whole grain pasta instead of using the one made up of all purpose flour. Chicken, in the grilled form, offers an ideal source of protein. Make sure to add a handful of green veggies to the dish for a healthy boost. I have put up an exotic collection of handpicked chicken pasta recipes. While many of them easy to make, others are ideal for your summer party. There are also some recipes that are just perfect for the healthy conscious group, while others find their space in the kids’ favorite menu.
25 Fabulous Chicken Pasta Recipe Ideas:
Let’s have a look at the chicken pasta recipes to get the idea of preparing the dishes to satiate the taste buds:
1. Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta:
Tangy, yet creamy, this one is a delectable blend of assorted flavors. Make sure you lay your hands on the freshest possible parsley to give the pasta that inviting aroma. Plus, for a dose of good health, opt for whole wheat penne pasta. You can change the pasta according to your needs.
2. The 15 Minute Chicken Bows:
Your search for tasty, yet easy-to-make pasta ends here. Packed with the goodness of broccoli, this recipe has used bite-sized chicken breasts. The toasted almonds give that additional dose of protein while the tangy, yet sweet oranges give this dish a special aroma. Easy to prepare, this doubles up as a kid’s delight too.
3. Chicken Mozzarella Pasta:
Cheese and pasta are inseparable. We all know that. This one is a hearty meal packed with carbs and protein. A great, filling way to kick away unwanted depression and anxiety. Just take a look at that presentation. It is mouthwatering! Ensure to use the best rigatoni or penne pasta along with the freshest cheese. Mozzarella and parmesan – cheesilicious!
4. Summer Squash Chicken Alfredo:
Drenched in Alfredo sauce, this one has sun-dried tomatoes and zucchini along with squash and chicken in it. And, not to forget the almonds and cheese. Plus, if you are a bacon lover, you are definitely in for a mind-boggling treat.
5. Colorful Chicken Pasta:
Fast meals are generally accepted and appreciated after a long day of work. This one is the perfect way to unwind yourself. Allow yourself to delve deep into the world of this vegetable- rich chicken pasta with a generous flavoring of lemon-pepper seasoning. While the actual recipe calls for the use of angel hair pasta, you are free to pick the pasta of your choice. And, my vote goes to macaroni.
6. Quick Fettuccine Cacciatore:
This one is a traditional recipe from the Italian kitchen. Flavored with a zesty Italian dressing and packed with a blend of mozzarella and parmesan, this one is a complete treat for you and your family. Add about 10 cloves of crushed garlic for that added spark in your pasta.
7. Chicken Tetrazzini:
Do you have some leftover chicken? Then this could be the easiest way to put it to use. The blend of white wine with chicken gives it an awesome rich flavor. The linguine pasta in a rich buttery sauce with the delectable mixture of mushrooms and chicken─you ought to try it for your next party.
8. Creamy Chicken Pesto Linguine:
The name clearly says it all. A creamy pasta, it is prepared by simmering chicken breast strips in pesto sauce, cream, and parmesan – each one enriching the pasta in its own way. Rich with the flavors of garlic and black pepper, this one is a treat for the kids as well. If you want to transform it into a party delight, add about ¼ cup of sparkling wine and give it a good toss before you serve. Garnish with fresh basil to make it more inviting.
9. Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake:
10. Macaroni and Cheesy Chicken Bake:
This one is an awesome casserole recipe that is a twist to the classic macaroni and cheese. Chicken is cooked with pepper and salt before baking it with the veggies, cheese, and chicken soup mixture. The richness and flavor gets a boost from the additional cheddar cheese.
11. Barbecue Chicken and Macaroni Salad:
This one is the ideal way to kick off your barbecue party. Yes, a mixture of mayonnaise and barbecue sauce gives the salad dressing a kick. Ensure to have all your veggies sliced and chopped fresh. Let the chicken be barbequed first as the macaroni gets ready. This one is a simple salad and you have the option to change the dressing and flavors to satiate your palate.
12. Chicken Spaghetti:
The dark and light contrasting colors of the chicken is a treat for the eyes. The recipe tastes so good that this casserole easily makes a versatile recipe for a hearty dinner. Pair it up with a Sauvignon Blanc to pep up the festive mood.
Roasted eggplants and red bell pepper along with whole wheat ribbon pasta and chicken sausage flavored with a simple herb and spice mix! This sounds simple and yes, it is easy to make. However, it will have an explosive effect on your taste buds.
A blend of Chinese cuisine with Italian, this is for all the spice aficionados out there! Make sure you have loads of cheese handy, in case, someone burns their tongue. A fiery combination of red chili powder and black pepper powder, it uses kidney beans for that protein factor. A great option for lunch, it can easily find its way into a potluck party. Make sure you make only the required amount as this recipe does not entertain freezing.
Be it eggplants or its cousin, aubergine, Italian cuisine calls for the use of this veggie in many pasta recipes. This one uses sweet pepper and farfalle pasta along with the other two ingredients. The honey, in the recipe, gives a sweet note to the recipe. While honey is the highlight of this recipe, you may opt out of it, if you prefer a fiery touch.
If you love Indian cuisine, then this one is for your taste buds. Chicken is marinated in a mixture of turmeric powder and red chili powder and then shallow fried. In the same oil, onions along with ginger, garlic, and green chilies are stir-fried, followed by veggies. The cooked pasta is then added to the mixture and tossed along with the veggies and the chicken pieces are shallow fried. This makes an awesome starter for an Indian themed party.
A rich, lush dish with oodles of heavy cream to drool over, this is the perfect party delight. This has butter and heavy cream, plus the parmesan cheese to kindle the luxuriousness. The peas give a touch of protein while bacon smokes up the entire dish.
18. Grilled Chicken Florentine Pasta:
The very first sight of this recipe sends hunger signals rushing to the brain. There are no exotic ingredients used in it and everything is simple. Nevertheless, the blend is superb. The spinach leaves give that green touch while cheese-broth mixture gives it a creamy appeal.
19. Grilled Chicken Caprese Pasta:
Just look at the way cheese makes that unbreakable line between the spoon and the dish! Lovely treat for the eyes! Not only does it look good. But it tastes equally amazing! A filling meal, the fire roasted tomato sauce renders this Italian recipe a luscious touch. Spice it up to make it a fiery meal to blow your energy levels up to beat those ugly Monday blues.
Children and elders will love this pasta recipe packed with assorted flavors. Be it the pasta sauce or the blend of tandoori spices, the net result is a spark-rich dish that just melts in your mouth. This one is quite similar to grilled chicken. The difference lies in the spices used and the method of grilling. The smokey tandoori touch transforms the classical Italian recipe into an Indo-Italian fusion.
21. Cajun Chicken Pasta:
Red, golden, and green – strikingly attractive look! Pasta packed with Cajun spices is tossed with a mixture of assorted veggies, including mushrooms, and chicken strips. This is then flavored with a very light creamy sauce. Add lots of protein and veggies while preparing this dish to cut down on the carb inclusion. Spice it up with as much Cajun spices as you want for an authentic Cajun kitchen touch.
22. Easy Chicken Pasta:
The ingredient list is not so vast; plus it takes little time to put it together. Add on – you add white wine for an enriched touch. So, this one is not for the kids. While the actual recipe calls for the use of linguine pasta, I would opt for multigrain penne or elbow to zest up the total visual appeal of the dish.
23. Tomato-Basil Chicken and Pasta:
Low in calories and fat, this pasta recipe packed with chicken is a rich source of protein. And, you need just 20 minutes to put it together. The red pepper sauce along with fresh basil leaves bestow a unique, addictive flavor to this dish. You can use a mixture of chicken and turkey cubes for a tryst with flavors.
Chicken pieces marinated in a mixture of fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, and garlic are grilled to perfection. This is then served atop rice spaghetti [rice noodles] along with lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, and mint. Make sure you sprinkle generous amounts of grated cheese atop the veggies for a richer touch.
Just 20 minutes – that is what you need to put together this recipe. A picnic and party perfect pasta idea, rigatoni pasta carves a niche for itself in a pure cream base flavored with red chili flakes and garlic. The tomatoes enrich the hue as well as the flavor of the dish. Make sure you cut down the spices to the bare minimum, if you are serving it at a kids’ party.
These are 25 tasty chicken pasta recipes that every chicken and pasta lover should try.
What is your choice when it comes to chicken pasta? Are there any special recipes that you have? Why don’t you share it with us?