One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta + Video

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Cheesy Chicken Pasta is a rich and hearty Italian meal that is bursting with flavor. It’s so easy that it just about cooks itself. Make this chicken pasta recipe for an easy dinner!

This simple one pot chicken parmesan pasta features a creamy sundried tomato sauce that soaks into the pasta. Just toss everything together in a pot and let it cook!

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In just 20 minutes, you’ll be ready to dig into a bowl of chicken and linguine coated in cheesy goodness and dotted with fresh baby spinach, onions, and tangy sun dried tomatoes.

A one pot cheesy Italian pasta dish that practically makes itself — now that’s my kind of meal!

I also have another incredible garlic chicken pasta recipe made with tortellini and a creamy homemade sauce.

For south of the border flavor, make some Mexican spaghetti. Your favorite salsa ingredients come together with pasta and sausage to create another knock-your-sock-off, easy pasta dish!

RECIPE VIDEO

Watch the video in the recipe card at the bottom of this post to see how easy it is to make this recipe!

adding seasoning to pot of uncooked linguine and vegetables

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Dried Italian Seasoning: 
    This is a fabulous convenience ingredient that’s common in Italian recipes.

    If you don’t keep it on hand, combine 1 teaspoon each of dried basil and rosemary with ½ teaspoon each of oregano and dried thyme.
  • Red Pepper Flakes:
    If you’re sensitive to spicy flavors, reduce this ingredient to ½ teaspoon. The cheesy chicken pasta sauce will be milder, but there will still be a little heat.
  • Chardonnay:
    The wine adds a rich, buttery flavor to the sauce, as well a hint of citrusy brightness. If you can use the chardonnay, I highly recommend it.

    Otherwise, you can use chicken stock, white grape juice, or equal parts lemon juice and water if needed.
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes:
    Use halved grape tomatoes instead if you’re not a fan of these. Also, reduce the liquid by ½ cup and add extra salt to taste at the end.
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Tips for making cheesy chicken pasta

What to Serve with Garlic Chicken Pasta

No Italian meal would be complete without a side of garlic bread or homemade breadsticks

Make a big bowl of salad using this Olive Garden salad recipe  or some roasted veggies and your table will be complete. Or, you could enjoy the cheesy chicken pasta all on its own!

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Cheesy Chicken Pasta FAQ

What are good substitutes for linguine in a one pot pasta dish?

You can use any pasta for your one pot cheesy Italian pasta and chicken. As a substitute for linguine, use another long, thin pasta like fettuccine or angel hair pasta.

Even shorter pasta like penne, rotini, or rigatoni will work great.

Just be sure to use enough liquid to cover the noodles, and then cook until al dente.

adding parmesan cheese to one pot chicken parmesan pasta

What type of white wine is best to cook with?

I use Entwine Chardonnay. You can find it at Kroger brand grocery stores, and it runs about $10 a bottle.

No need for anything too expensive. As long as you’d enjoy a glass of it by itself, it’ll taste great when used for cooking.

adding fresh baby spinach to one pot cheesy italian pasta and chicken

Can I make this chicken pasta recipe in a slow cooker?

I haven’t tried it with this particular one pot pasta recipe, but I don’t think the linguine will hold up very well under the long cook time.

If you want to try it, cook the rest of the ingredients in the crockpot first, then add the noodles during the last hour or so of cook time.

Or, cook them separately on the stove and mix in just before serving. Just know that the flavor won’t be as rich since it isn’t cooked together with everything else.

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Cheesy Chicken Pasta + Video

Donna Elick
Cheesy Chicken Pasta is a hearty Italian meal that simply bursts with authentic flavors! You need ONE pot for this easy pasta recipe!
5 stars from 4 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American, Italian
Method Stovetop
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
 

  • 8 ounces baby spinach leaves, divided
  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil with Italian herbs, drained (about 7 ounces)
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2" bite sized pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 pound dry linguine
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 32 ounces (4 cups) reduced sodium chicken stock
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) chardonnay wine
  • 4 ounces fresh Parmesan cheese, shredded

Instructions
 

  • Combine 1/2 of the spinach with the tomatoes, onion, chicken, garlic, pasta, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper in a 5-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Pour chicken stock and wine over top. Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Cook 7-9 minutes until pasta is al dente (with a bite to it). Toss pasta with tongs occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot. You will still have some liquid in the pan when the pasta is done cooking. This is going to make the base for our delicious cheese sauce.
  • Turn off the heat and add the cheese to the pasta. Toss pasta with tongs until the cheese melts into the pasta. Toss in remaining spinach.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Video

Donna’s Notes

  1. Dried Italian seasoning is a fabulous convenience ingredient. If you do not keep it on hand, combine 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon oregano and 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme.
  1. This dish is just spicy enough to make your tongue tingle. For a very mild sauce, reduce the red pepper flakes to 1/2 teaspoon.
  1. I know some people are sensitive to alcohol. The wine adds a fabulous rich buttery flavor and a bright citrus flavor to the pasta. If you can use the chardonnay, I highly recommend it. However, you can substitute with chicken stock, white grape juice, or lemon water (1/2 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/2 cup water).

Nutrition

Serving: 1. | Calories: 562cal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 1303mg | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 5g | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 4mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published October 2016, updated and republished April 2022

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284 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’m a little shocked that throwing raw chopped chicken, pasta & everything else in the pot at the same time comes out perfectly. I added my spinach at the end. Wow, what a time saver & this meal is delicious! Hubby doesn’t like the tomatoes but a remake without them is just as tasty. I left the red pepper flakes & cheese to add at the end for individual preference. It was an awesome meal!

    1. 5 stars
      I recently found this recipe on Facebook. Made it tonight for the first time!! OMG! It is delish and easy! Will definitely be on my rotation list.

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