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Creamy Chicken Pasta

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.

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Aaaaaand, we bust out with a song…

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
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Now you have that song in your head, and you can jam to it all day long. You’re welcome!  

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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.

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ENJOY!

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Creamy Chicken Pasta

Katerina | Diethood
Rich and delicious Creamy Chicken Pasta, loaded with chicken, orzo, asparagus, and tomatoes, tossed in a creamy sauce that pulls it all together.
5 from 1 vote
Servings : 4 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins

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
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese (not the grated kind that comes in a green container!)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste

Instructions
 

  • Prepare orzo per directions on the box.
  • In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken pieces and asparagus; season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked and browned on all sides.
  • Add tomatoes and continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until tomatoes are tender; set aside.
  • Heat olive oil and melt butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Sprinkle with flour; whisk to combine and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in chicken broth; whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • Whisk in milk, and bring the mixture to a simmer; allow to cook for 1 minute, or until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and add parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper; stir until cheese is melted.
Drain Pasta.
  • Add pasta and chicken mixture to the sauce.
  • Toss well to combine.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 550 kcal | Carbohydrates: 40 g | Protein: 37 g | Fat: 27 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Cholesterol: 91 mg | Sodium: 396 mg | Potassium: 1104 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 7 g | Vitamin A: 1695 IU | Vitamin C: 34.7 mg | Calcium: 230 mg | Iron: 4.5 mg | Net Carbs: 36 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken dinner ideas, pasta dinner, weeknight dinner ideas
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90 comments on “Creamy Chicken Pasta”

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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

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