Caesar Chicken Pasta
If you like Caesar salad even just the tiniest bit, then your belly is going to be giddy over this creamy Caesar Chicken Pasta! The lightened up creamy Caesar Parmesan sauce is cheesy, garlicky, lemony, salty and just plain addicting as it smothers all the nooks and crannies of pillowy tortellini and juicy chicken. This might just be your new favorite pasta – ever, or at least tied with this Caesar Pasta Salad.
How to Make Caesar Chicken Pasta
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This creamy Caesar Chicken Pasta is bursting with the kind of epic deliciousness you can’t even imagine. It has a few components but some of the steps are optional such as marinating your chicken and making Garlic Croutons. Both are simple to do, but not necessary if you are in a rush or just feeling plain lazy (which happens to me all the time). So this Caesar Chicken Pasta recipe can be as quick and simple as you want it to be – just don’t skimp on the Caesar Parmesan Sauce – it’s worth every second.
If you are skipping the chicken marinade, you can use store bought rotisserie chicken, or shrimp would also be quick and delicious. If you are making your own chicken, however, I highly suggest marinating it as the marinade is just a few simple ingredients of olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon, salt and pepper, and it makes the chicken WAY more tender and juicy. Which means WAY better chicken.
Next, its Garlic Crouton time! We toss our French baguette cubes with olive oil, a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and dashes of garlic powder and salt and then bake for approximate 10 minutes for “the best croutons [you’ve] ever had.” (or so says my husband)
Finally, the crowning glory of the Caesar Chicken Pasta – the Caesar Parmesan sauce. It’s epic for a few reasons – it’s lightened up using only 1 tablespoon of butter and no heavy cream or half and half but tastes crazy creamy thanks to a roux, parmesan cheese and light cream cheese. This Caesar Parmesan Sauce is also bursting with Caesar flavor thanks to the addition of loads of garlic, lemon juice, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce and fish sauce.
Traditional Caesar salad dressings contain anchovies, which I’ve used once in a dressing. If you don’t want to use anchovy, I’ve found using Asian fish sauce adds the same salty flavor with just a splash of a painless teaspoon. If you’ve never bought fish sauce before, it can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores and if you do much Thai cooking, (like my One Pot Thai Chicken Noodle Soup or 30 Minute Thai Red Curry Chicken), it will be gone in a flash. But more likely, it will be gone in a flash from this Caesar Chicken Pasta being on constant dinner repeat. It’s just that good. Enjoy!
Caesar Chicken Pasta is your favorite Caesar dressing flavors in an AMAZING pasta! The creamy, cheesy, garlicky, lemony, homemade Caesar Parmesan Sauce is out of this world all smothering juicy chicken and cheesy tortellini. *May substitute 2 ½ cups chopped rotisserie chicken breasts **Croutons can be prepared days in advance and stored in an airtight container.
Caesar Chicken Pasta
Chicken Marinade (optional)*
Garlic Croutons** (optional)
Caesar Chicken Pasta is your favorite Caesar dressing flavors in an AMAZING pasta! The creamy, cheesy, garlicky, lemony, homemade Caesar Parmesan Sauce is out of this world all smothering juicy chicken and cheesy tortellini.
*May substitute 2 ½ cups chopped rotisserie chicken breasts
**Croutons can be prepared days in advance and stored in an airtight container.