Chicken Spinach Pasta

By Rena |

This Chicken Spinach Pasta recipe is incredibly flavorful and made with tender chicken, savory Parmesan, pasta, and aromatic sun-dried tomatoes. Creamy and perfect for a comforting dinner, this chicken pasta recipe is straightforward and ready in about 30 minutes!

Pasta with chicken and spinach in orange skillet

This cheesy chicken and pasta recipe made with spinach is going to be a huge hit in your home. The pasta provides a smooth texture that tastes perfect with the melted Parmesan cheese. An easy way to squeeze in some extra greens and tomatoes, this easy dinner recipe is going to impress the whole household because it’s just so good. Made with a completely gluten-free option, this chicken pasta recipe is oh-so-yummy and a great way to enjoy a comfort meal that you don’t have to feel guilty about.

Why You Will Love This chicken pasta recipe

  • Simple and quick: Only have 30 minutes to spare for your dinner? This chicken, spinach, and pasta recipe are ready in under 30 minutes! An easy way to have dinner on the table for the family.
  • Healthy: With the spinach added to this cheesy chicken recipe, you can relish in the bonus benefits.
  • Perfect for meal prep: If you’re looking for something easy to meal prep, then this recipe is for you. This recipe creates leftovers so you will definitely have some food to last you throughout the week.
Close view of chicken, spinach, and pasta with wooden spoon

Ingredients You will need

These are just the ingredients you will need to make this chicken spinach pasta with no cream. The full measurements can be found below in the recipe card.

pasta (pasta of choice, can be gluten-free)
chicken (boneless skinless chicken breasts)
salt
Italian seasoning
pepper
oil (olive oil, but any neutral oil will work)
garlic (we always like fresh garlic)
dried tomatoes (sun-dried tomatoes for the ultimate flavor profile)
flour (we used gluten-free)
milk (dairy or non-dairy milk of choice)
Parmesan (shredded)
spinach (uncooked)
parsley (fresh)

Spinach, tomatoes, pasta, chicken breasts, Parmesan, olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic, flour, milk, and parsley

How to Make Chicken Spinach Pasta from Scratch

  • Cook the pasta: Cook the pasta. Drain and set aside.
  • Season the chicken: Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
Two cooked chicken breasts
  • Cook the chicken: Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken 6-8 minutes per side or until it develops a golden-brown crust. A meat thermometer should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Set aside. Add the garlic and tomatoes to the pan and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  • Whisk the flour: Whisk the flour, Parmesan, and milk.
Wooden spoon stirring chicken and spinach mixture
  • Combine ingredients: Add the whisked mixture to the pan with spinach. Allow it to cook for a couple of seconds.
  • Add the pasta and chicken: Stir in the cooked pasta and chicken.
  • Serve: Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Chicken: You can use chicken thighs if you would like. They may take a little longer to cook and the nutritional profile may be a bit different as chicken breasts are leaner. Consider using Rotisserie chicken.
  • Pasta: Don’t overcook the pasta. Cook until al dente. Do not rinse the pasta. Consider using lentil or chickpea pasta for an even healthier option.
  • Gluten-free: To make this recipe completely gluten-free, substitute with gluten-free pasta.
  • Garlic: For the freshest flavor, we like to use fresh garlic cloves, but garlic powder will work if in a pinch.
  • Spinach: We used fresh spinach but you may use frozen.
  • Milk: 2% milk works great but if you prefer using dairy-free milk go right ahead.
  • Grate your own cheese for the best flavor if possible.
Pasta with chicken and spinach in orange skillet

Frequently Asked Questions

Is chicken spinach pasta healthy?

This chicken spinach pasta can be considered healthy because it is made with simple and clean ingredients and also includes spinach! Spinach is naturally high in iron and other nutrients that are great for a well-rounded diet. Use Lentil pasta for an even healthier meal option.

Can you freeze chicken spinach pasta?

Yes! Just freeze this chicken pasta in an airtight container that is freezer-safe and store for up to six months. When ready to reheat, just allow the pasta to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then pop it in the microwave for 60-90 seconds.

How to store the leftover chicken pasta?

Store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to four days. Make sure to use an airtight container.

Should you rinse pasta?

It depends on the meal you are making. If you are making a cold pasta salad we recommend you rinse out the pasta to cool it down and stop it from continuing to cook. If you are making a hot pasta dish, we do recommend that you don’t rinse out the pasta. The starch in the pasta will help the sauce stick better to the pasta.

Orange skillet filled with chicken and pasta with spinach

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Top view of spinach with chicken

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chicken and spinach pasta in an orange dish

Chicken Spinach Pasta

This Chicken Spinach Pasta recipe is incredibly flavorful and made with tender chicken, savory Parmesan, pasta, and aromatic sun-dried tomatoes. Ready in about 30 minutes.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Gluten-Free, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 678kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces pasta gluten-free or whole wheat
  • 1 pound chicken breast boneless skinless
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1.5 ounces dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • 2 cups milk of choice dairy or non-dairy
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 cups spinach uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons parsley minced, curly

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Rub the chicken with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning on both sides.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  • Cook the chicken for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until it develops a golden-brown crust, and it's fully cooked through in the inside. A meat thermometer inserted in the center should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Set aside on a chopping to rest for a bit, then thinly slice it.
  • To the same pan add the garlic, dried tomatoes and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, quickly whisk the flour, milk and parmesan.
  • Add it to the pan together with the spinach. Allow it to bubble for a couple of seconds to thicken up the sauce and wilt the spinach.
  • Once the sauce coats the back of a spoon, stir in the cooked pasta and sliced chicken.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley and freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately!

Notes

  • Serving size: one bowl or 2 cups 
  • Chicken: You can use chicken thighs if you would like. They may take a little longer to cook and the nutritional profile may be a bit different as chicken breasts are leaner. Consider using Rotisserie chicken.
  • Pasta: Don’t overcook the pasta. Cook until al dente. Do not rinse the pasta. Consider using lentil or chickpea pasta for an even healthier option.
  • Gluten-free: To make this recipe completely gluten-free, substitute with gluten-free pasta.
  • Garlic: For the freshest flavor, we like to use fresh garlic cloves, but garlic powder will work if in a pinch.
  • Spinach: We used fresh spinach but you may use frozen.
  • Milk: 2% milk works great but if you prefer using dairy-free milk go right ahead.
  • Grate your own cheese for the best flavor if possible.
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Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 678kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 624mg | Potassium: 1091mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2137IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 492mg | Iron: 3mg
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