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Marry Me Chicken Pasta is one of my favorite pasta dishes of all time. It is so creamy, easy to make, packed with protein, and ready in 30 minutes. Makes for a perfect quick weeknight dinner recipe for the family.

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I love making this marry-me chicken pasta recipe for the family. It is a quick and simple dinner option that’s perfect for those busy weeknights. In just 30 minutes, you can have dinner ready and served, Made with chicken thighs for added protein, seasonings, milk, brother, and parmesan cheese, this chicken pasta dinner recipe will be a winner and everyone will love it. You can make it without chicken, or swap the chicken with another protein source like shrimp.

Recipe Summary

  • Easy to make: Chicken pasta dishes are one of the easiest recipes to put together. once the chicken is cooked and the pasta is ready, it just comes down to make the sauce.
  • Quick dinner option: In just 30 minutes, you can have dinner ready for the family.
  • So tasty: This Marry Me chicken is so creamy and packed with flavor. Everyone will love it.
top view of skillet with creamy chicken penne pasta in it

Ingredients you will need

  • Pasta: I used whole wheat penne pasta, which can be swapped with any pasta of your choice
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces: you may also use chicken breasts
  • Seasonings: I use Italian seasoning
  • Oil: I use olive oil,but any other oil will work like avocado oil
  • Garlic cloves: use fresh garlic cloves for the best flavor. You may swap it for garlic powder.
  • Cornstarch: to thicken the sauce, you may swap it with flour
  • Milk: cashew milk or full fat milk, coconut milk will also work
  • Chicken broth: or use vegetable broth
  • Sun-dried tomatoes: use the ones stored in oil in jars
  • Cheese: Grated parmesan cheese, or another cheese of your choice but parmesan works best
  • Optional: fresh herbs for garnish
Ingredients to make marry me chicken pasta displayed

How to make marry me chicken Pasta

  • First cook the pasta: Cook the pasta in salted water according to package instructions, then drain and set aside
  • Prepare the chicken: Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the
    chopped chicken and season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook until golden and cooked through, then set aside.
Cooked chicken thighs bites in a pan
  • Make the creamy sauce: To the same preheated skillet add the remaining oil. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Stir in the cornstarch and take a whisk. Pour the milk little by little while continuously whisking. Once tall the milk is incorporated, add the broth, sun dried tomatoes, and stir well to combine. Allow the sauce to bubble for 3-4 minutes, or until thickened.
chicken bites added over the creamy Tuscan sauce in a skillet
  • Add the cooked chicken to the sauce: Return the chicken to the sauce and add half of the parmesan cheese.
cooked pasta added over the creamy chicken sauce
  • Add pasta: Next, add the pasta and stir to coat.
  • Serve: Garnish with the remaining parmesan cheese and enjoy!

REcipe notes

Recipes can always be customized based and wants, needs, and what you like and dont like. So feel free to make this recipe your own by using what you have on hand. Here are some tips for some substitutes you can make

  • Chicken: use chicken breasts instead of thighs. You can make it without chicken, or swap the chicken with another source of protein like shrimp.
  • Broth: don’t have broth? Use water. It is not a deal breaker.
  • Pasta: I used whole wheat but the options as endless when it comes to the pasta.
  • Milk: You will need milk that has enough fat to make the sauce creamy and tasty. Cashew milk works great, whole milk, or even light coconut milk in a can will work just fine.
close up view of chicken penne pasta on a skillet

Storing and reheating

  • Storing: Store your leftover chicken pasta in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze for 2 months.
  • Reheating: use the microwave to reheat your leftovers. Use a microwave-safe bowl and reheat for 1-2 minutes until they are heated through.

Frequently asked questions

Why do you put oil in spaghetti water?

Adding a bit of oil to the spaghetti water will prevent the pasta from sticking together once it is drained.

Should you rinse pasta after cooking?

In most cases, you should not rinse your pasta especially if you plan on making a creamy warm pasta dish. Rinsing will strip all the starch off the pasta that is needed to make your pasta dish thick and creamy. Rinsing is sometimes recommended when making cold pasta s salads to stop the cooking process and cool off the pasta.

What can I use instead of sundried tomatoes?

You can always use fresh tomatoes, fire-roasted canned tomatoes, or oven-roasted tomatoes if you do not have sun-dried tomatoes or you just don’t like them.

top view of creamy chicken pasta in a pan garnished with parmesan cheese

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Marry Me Chicken Pasta

By: Rena
Servings: 6
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
top view of creamy penne pasta with chicken and sun-dried tomatoes
A chicken pasta dish made using whole wheat penne pasta, cashew milk, chicken, and simple pantry staple ingredients. Ready in 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz whole wheat penne pasta
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup cashew milk , or full-fat milk
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • Optional: fresh herbs for garnish

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta in salted water according to package instructions, then drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped chicken and season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Cook until golden and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes, then set aside.
  • To the same preheated skillet add the remaining oil. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Stir in the cornstarch and take a whisk.
  • Pour the milk little by little while continuously whisking. Once the milk is incorporated, add the broth, and sun-dried tomatoes, and stir well to combine.
  • Allow the sauce to bubble for 3-4 minutes, or until thickened.
  • Return the chicken to the sauce and add half of the parmesan cheese. Add the pasta and stir to coat.
  • Garnish with the remaining parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Notes

  • Pasta: Use any pasta of your choice.
  • Chicken: you may use chicken breast for a leaner option.
  • Milk: any milk of your choice will work. You need thick full-fat milk though, so using almond milk will change the consistency a bit.

Nutrition

Calories: 465kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 30gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 811mgPotassium: 908mgFiber: 7gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 334IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 189mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Rena Awada

Hi, I’m Rena! I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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