One Pot Pasta with Chicken

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Chicken Pasta dishes can be ready in no time at all and this easy one pot recipe goes straight from the stove to the table in less than 30 minutes. A flavorful combination of chicken, cheese, and tomatoes in a tomato cream sauce all made with just one pot! 

While a full meal on its own, this pasta dish tastes delicious served with a side of homemade garlic bread or a light side salad.

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What’s in Chicken Pasta?

This dish is full of creamy cheeses, chicken, and a combination of savory flavors like garlic, tomatoes and Italian seasoning…all blended together for this hearty entrée that even makes great leftovers!

This easy recipe has a tomato cream sauce and is topped with cheese for an easy meal.

One Pot Chicken Pasta ingredients in a pot before cooking

How to Make This One Pot Pasta

This recipe is super easy and versatile, with just one pot! Using the basic recipe, you can add your favorite flavors to make it your own!

  1. Cook the chicken and set aside.
  2. Add seasoning (per recipe below), tomatoes and cream. Stir in uncooked pasta and simmer until pasta is tender.
  3. Add cheese and enjoy!

It’s that easy!! The pasta is cooked right in the sauce meaning no extra pots or strainers for cooking. Depending on the brand of pasta you have, you may need to add a bit more broth or water towards the end to cook the pasta. Add about 1/2 cup at a time as needed.

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Can You Make This in Advance?

One pot chicken pasta can definitely be made in advance, just keep it in a covered container and then pour it all into a skillet and reheat on low on the stovetop.

When you reheat it you may need to add a splash of milk or cream if the pasta has soaked up a lot of the sauce.

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5 from 48 votes
Review Recipe

One Pot Chicken Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
If you're looking for something simple to put together in just a few minutes, you're going to LOVE this! Super easy and versatile, with just one pot!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast diced into 1/2" cubes
  • salt & pepper
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 14 ½ ounces diced tomatoes drained
  • 3 cups chicken broth + ½ cup extra if needed
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces penne or medium pasta
  • cup mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan divided

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Instructions

  • Season chicken with salt & pepper. Heat olive oil over medium heat and cook chicken until no pink remains. Set aside.
  • Add onion and garlic to the pan. Cook until onion is tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Add seasoning, parsley, 3 cups broth, tomatoes and cream and bring to a boil. Add pasta. Let simmer for about 15 minutes or until tender and thickened. If you need, add ½ cup broth till pasta is cooked. Mix in ¼ cup parmesan cheese.
  • Add the chicken back to skillet, top with mozzarella cheese and remaining ¼ cup parmesan, then broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 468, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 42g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 1536mg, Potassium: 1025mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 670IU, Vitamin C: 22.7mg, Calcium: 330mg, Iron: 2.8mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Chicken Pasta, One Pot Chicken Pasta, pasta salad
Course Entree
Cuisine American
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. Made this for dinner, it was delicious. The skeptics in the house initially looked at it with a raised eyebrow… but after giving it chance, asked for seconds. Easy, quick and full of flavor. It’s a keeper!5 stars

  2. Thank you again for a spectacular recipe! I had to do my normal tweaks during to family preference
    I added more parmesan and mozzarella, left out tomatoes, added chicken bouillon and seasoned with spices I had on hand. New family favorite! Will probably figure out how to lower the sodium next time around.
    FYI: USE A LARGE PAN!!5 stars

  3. Great family recipe and so easy to make (super easy clean up too ). The added bonus is the good comments from folks who suggest various vegetables to add to make a complete meal. Thanks – love your recipes.5 stars

  4. Our family has been using this recipe since you put it on your site. Says August 2019, but it seems like we’ve eaten this forever! Definitely on our rotation schedule along with 2 of our daughters households. The grandkids ask for it – its their favorite!! I go ahead and use the whole 16 oz box of pasta, whole carton of broth and 1/2 cup more cream, little extra seasoning etc. to stretch a little further. Also I add broccoli to it. Thank you for posting this and giving us another fantastic recipe to go off of! The taste is phenomenal! If we can’t think of something for dinner – we’ll see if its been long enough to have this again. LOL5 stars

      1. Hi Kristel, you could steam and add in step 4 or you could toss in halfway through step 3 to let it simmer with the other ingredients.

  5. Thank you for the recipe! It’s a good one. I made half and added half of a 10 oz. box of thawed, drained frozen spinach.5 stars

  6. Is there something I can use to substitute the cream? I’d love to try this recipe but don’t have any cream at the moment .

    1. Canned evaporated milk might work. If not, you could try a little bit of melted cream cheese. Let us know how it works out!

  7. If i want to make it for 8 people instead of 4, should i just double everything in the recipe? It looks wonderful!5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried it but doubling the recipe should work just fine. You may or may not need the extra broth.

  8. This is great!!! My family loved it. I added fresh spinach leaves and it added some beautiful color and extra nutrition.5 stars

  9. WOW! This was absolutely delicious. I added a tad extra of the seasoning and added garlic powder to season my chicken in addition to salt and pepper. Husband says it’s a “for sure make again”. Very easy but you’d never know by the flavor.5 stars

  10. Holly any idea how glutenfree pasta might work in this..? May just need to cook separate which would just be a shame! Thanks for info

    1. Hi DM, we have only made this recipe as listed. But if you want to try making it all in pot, I would try adding the gf pasta closer to the end. Gluten-free pasta often doesn’t need as long to cook, so check the instructions for the kind you are using and add it in closer to that required cooking time! Let us know how it turns out!

  11. Can i replace the tomatoes with tomato sauce or paste or something other than tomatoes? if there is any sign of tomatoes, my kids won’t eat it!

    1. While I haven’t tried it I would suggest tomato sauce. You may need to adjust the amount of liquid needed (just add until the pasta is tender). Let us know how it goes!