Creamy Chicken Pasta

Rich and delicious Creamy Chicken Pasta, loaded with chicken, orzo, asparagus, and tomatoes, tossed in a creamy sauce that pulls it all together.

Creamy Chicken Pasta | www.diethood.com



Happy Sunday! Happy Easter!! Happy EVERYTHING!

Aaaaaand, we bust out with a song…

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy…

Now you have that song in your head, and you can jam to it all day long. You’re welcome!  

Creamy Chicken Pasta | www.diethood.com

My husband swears that orzo is not pasta. He says it’s Italian rice. He also hates boy bands – obviously he has no idea what he’s talking about.
Interesting thing is that he didn’t care for orzo until I made this Creamy Chicken Pasta dish. The guy that can eat pasta thrice a day could not get himself to eat orzo. However, who can resist food smothered in white, cheesy sauce, packed with asparagus and tomatoes?!?

Honestly? This is supposed to feed 4. It fed only 1 – my husband. The one that doesn’t like orzo. This man inhaled half of it in one sitting and asked for the other half to be put in his lunch bag. (He doesn’t really have a lunch bag…it’s a plastic container. Just sayin’.)

This chicken pasta recipe is big and filling. It’s simple, but indulgent. It is an almost one-pot dish that will most definitely satisfy.

Also… this pasta was somewhat of an excuse to use up a pound of asparagus. I always buy too much – I make Asparagus Soup all the time. But, the asparagus was the perfect accompaniment to the chicken and orzo.

Creamy Chicken Pasta | www.diethood.com

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Rich and delicious Creamy Chicken Pasta, loaded with chicken, orzo, asparagus, and tomatoes, tossed in a creamy sauce that pulls it all together.
Serves: Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup orzo, cooked
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-pound (about 4) chicken breast halves, cubed
  • 1-pound asparagus, rinsed, ends cut, and chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
For the Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ¾ cup shredded parmesan cheese (not the grated kind that comes in a green container!)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare orzo per directions on the box.
  2. In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add chicken pieces and asparagus; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked and browned on all sides.
  5. Add tomatoes and continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until tomatoes are tender; set aside.
  6. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  7. Sprinkle with flour; whisk to combine.
  8. Whisk in veggie or chicken broth; whisk until thoroughly combined.
  9. Whisk in milk, and bring the mixture to a simmer; allow to cook for 1 minute, or until thickened.
  10. Add parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper; stir until cheese is melted.
Drain Pasta.
  1. Add pasta and chicken mixture to the sauce.
  2. Toss well to combine.
  3. Serve.
Notes
RECIPE SOURCE: DIETHOOD
Nutrition Information
Calories: 437/serving (based on 6 servings) Fat: 18.4 grams

Comments

  1. Courtney says

    I made this tonight and was very upset with the results. There was way too much sauce and it looked like white mush at the end (almost like soup!). Additionally, it was so bland! Requires A LOT more seasoning!

  2. Janet says

    Made this tonight. Great flavor but WAY too much sauce! Next time I’ll cut the sauce recipe in half (at least). It (unfortunately) looks nothing like he picture.

  3. Marissa says

    I made the creamy chicken orzo pasta. Used three pots (one for pasta, one for sauce and one for chicken and veggies). I don’t like cherry tomatoes so I cut broccoli and asparagus instead and just shredded a rotisserie chicken. Sauce took about 3-4 minutes of whisking at a simmer to thicken but it did. Put cheese on top of chicken and veggies and then poured sauce over using just half. Wasn’t sure how much to use. Ended up using all the sauce. Added tony saccheres seasoning to spice it up a little. Turned out really well. Kids and hubby liked :)

  4. says

    Easy too..Pasta takes only about 15 minutes to prepare so very fast and simple… and u make a lot of different recipes with pasta

  5. Erin says

    I tried this recipe and it didn’t turn out well! First- I used three pots so not sure how it was a “almost one pot” dish… One for the pasta, one for the asparagus and chicken to cook, and one for to cook the sauce. After I mixed it all together it was just a big white mess, and it was really bland. I let it sit for a bit (even after I had already let the sauce sit) and it was a little bit better as far as mush goes, but still bland. After eating it I decided to add some lemon juice and more pepper for leftovers. It’s still missing something but the lemon juice definitely helps. It’s a great idea for a recipe- it’s just missing something…

  6. says

    I only recently discovered orzo and make a warm salad with artichokes, capers, tuna, tomatoes and parsley. I’m loving your dish! I’d use the stand mixer to make homemade pizza dough!

  7. Lisa W says

    I would love to own a Kitchen Aid mixer. I love to bake bread, and I’m getting too old and weak to knead dough, LOL. Seriously, it would be nice to have a mixer to do the hard work for me.

  8. Joyce says

    I’ve wanted a KitchenAid FOREVER. Do you know how long forever is? 😉 I’ll be married 30 years this June…..THAT’S how long forever is! LOL! There are 7 of us, so I could use this to shred chicken, mix cakes, cookies, cheesecakes, oh, the possibilities! Yeah, at this point in life, anything like this would be a dream come true!

  9. S. Miller says

    Wow this looks delicious! Can’t wait to make it sometime!
    I’ve been wanting a mixer for a while… I would definitely use it to make homemade pizza dough!

  10. says

    Hah! I liked your song 😉 I’ve wanted a kitchenaid for a long time. I would make a ton of things, but up at the top of my list would be shredded chicken. I love making big batches of chicken in the crock pot, but using two forks to shred them all takes a while. I’ve seen youtube videos where people use their paddles to shred up the chicken and it’s amazing 😉

  11. Mirka says

    I’ve been making bread at home, but it would be so helpful to have a stand mixer to help knead and make a more consistant dough! I would also make more cakes!

  12. Lauren DuBose says

    I would make bread for my baby! I hate buying her the store bought stuff, but I also lack the time and patience to hand knead it every time we need bread!

  13. R. Creager says

    I see all these delicious recipes but only one thing is missing…a dependable stand up mixer! I’m drooling over here!!

  14. Jade Roque says

    I would definitely make a batch of brownies or macarons!

    I made that pasta for a family potluck yesterday, and everyone loved it! Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Easter!

  15. Angelica Thode says

    I would start with pizza dough! My husband LOVES my homemade pizza but our handheld mixer isn’t strong enough for it. Then I would make a batch or two of my grandma’s cream cheese cookies. My sons go nuts for them! Lol

  16. Janet S says

    I would make anything requiring butter and sugar to be creamed because I have never had a nice mixer before to make that easy.

  17. Linda M says

    I love orzo pasta. The first thing I would make with a new Kitchen Aid would be a Hummingbird Cake. It’s Spring and it’s one of my favorites. :)

  18. says

    That pasta looks amazing!

    For the contest, the first thing I would make would probably be cookie dough, honestly, haha. Haven’t made cookies in a while, yum.

  19. says

    I’ve got to try orzo one day. The dish looks very tasty cause who doesn’t like chicken in a creamy sauce. I just have to leave out the tomatoes (yech!).

    • says

      Just realized I forgot to comment on what I would make with it. I was too busy drooling at the dish. I would try making macarons like the person before me.

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