Chicken Asparagus Pasta Recipe

Nora Rušev | Savory Nothings

Chicken Asparagus Pasta is an easy and delicious weeknight dinner the whole family will enjoy! With the creamy lemon garlic parmesan sauce and the tender asparagus, it’s perfect for spring and early summer nights.

You know how they say it gets easier after 3 months? With babies I mean.

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Well, they (whoever “they” may be) are so. terribly. wrong. Once babies turn 3 months old, they realize there’s a world out there the need to see, now, in its entirety, within 5 minutes.

Or maybe that’s just my kids? Ha!

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE seeing them grow up. It’s amazing to me that I get to stay home with them to watch how every day brings something new. But. Lately every day has also been bringing increasing stubbornness, silliness, boundary-testing.

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Like mother, like daughter.

During meals, one of them will try to get away with only eating plain pasta. And refuse to eat cooked vegetables. The other one will try to use the sauce as shampoo. And so on and so forth.

But this meal? I don’t know. It’s a miracle; send cake to celebrate (and make it a Triple Berry Icebox Cake, while you’re at it). They ate it, nobody complained about the sauce on their pasta, nobody tried smearing said sauce onto their head, the asparagus was gone within seconds.

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It’s not that either of my girls is a particularly picky eater, but there’s a lot of unnecessary whining and mess-making and just… Ugh. It gets to me. So having a nice and quiet meal is awesome, and it’s also super easy to make!

How to make this one skillet chicken and asparagus pasta:

There are two (super simple!) steps to this meal:

  1. Cooking the chicken
  2. Cooking the pasta and asparagus right in the sauce

I mean, you cannot beat the simplicity of that.

A few tips to make this recipe absolutely foolproof:

  • Make sure the chicken is all the way done before removing it from the skillet. The first time I made this dish, I didn’t cook the chicken long enough. In the end, everything was ready but the chicken needed some more time to cook, which was super frustrating.
  • If you think the sauce is still too liquid-y once the pasta is done, turn up the heat and boil it for another 30 seconds. If it’s still not thick enough (it totally depends on your pasta!), set it aside and let it rest for 5 minutes. It should have thickened nicely by then.
  • If you prefer your asparagus very soft, you can boil it separately in a large pot filled with water and just add it in the end. The way it is cooked in the recipe does cook it through, but it still has some bite, which we love.

I know you know I love a good one-pot pasta, and this one is no exception. It’s creamy, it feels special, yet it is so simple to make.

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I’ve been feeling that my go-to one-pot pea and corn pasta needs an upgrade, and I’m pretty confident I’ve achieved it with this recipe.

I like how this meal keeps prep time and dishes minimal, which means I also have time/headspace to make a side salad (strawberry spinach salad, anyone??) and yell at my husband to set the table with the kids.

Wait, did I say yell? Oh, I definitely meant lovingly ask.

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Chicken Asparagus Pasta Recipe

    4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • 4 cups Rotini, or any other short pasta shape
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Cold Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 pound Asparagus, sliced into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • zest of one Lemon
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Cook the chicken: Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken on both sides, then reduce the heat to medium and cover the skillet with a lid. Checking from time to time, cook the chicken until it’s done all the way to the center and juices run clear. Depending on the thickness and size of your chicken breast, this will take 10-15 minutes, or more for very large pieces. Remove the chicken from the skillet and cover on a plate.
  2. Cook the pasta and asparagus: Add the pasta, broth, milk and garlic powder to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper and stir well. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes (do not cover with a lid). Add the sliced asparagus and finish cooking until the pasta and asparagus are done and the sauce has thickened.
  3. Finish the dish: Stir the parmesan and lemon zest into the pasta. Slice the chicken breast and serve immediately over the pasta.

 

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Author: Nora Rušev
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 66
Calories 459

% Daily Value*
13%
Total Fat 8g
13%
  Saturated Fat 3g
44%
Sodium 1050mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate 53g
5%
  Dietary Fiber 4g
  Sugars 8g
79%
Protein 40g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Nora Rušev

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Nora loves to create fresh and easy family meals on her site, Savory Nothings. We're excited to have her as our Farm to Table fanatic. Things are about to get delicious!