One Pot Creamy Asparagus Chicken Pasta + Video
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This One Pot Creamy Asparagus Chicken Pasta is an easy one pan meal with light and bright flavors for Spring. With a step by step how to recipe video!
Are you tired of hearing about the one pot meal yet? Never, you say? I thought so. The quick and easy meal will never go out of style, in my house at least! I’ll never get tired of meals that dirty less pots and pans either. I love to cook, but washing dishes? Not so much.
A few of my other favorite one pan meals are: Easy One Pot Ziti, One Pot Spanish Chicken, Sheet Pan Salmon, and One Pot Pasta with Sausage. You know, just in case you need more dinner inspiration. 😉
Another perk to one pot cooking is that, since everything cooks together in one pot, the flavors have plenty of time to meld together. Take this One Pot Creamy Asparagus Chicken Pasta, for example. The pasta cooks in the same skillet where you browned the chicken. And the chicken continues to cook with the pasta, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes in a mixture of chicken broth and water. What does this all mean? TONS of flavor mixin’ is happening in this dish. Oh yeah.
Once it’s all cooked through, you’ll finish the dish off with some freshly grated Parmesan, lemon zest, and a touch of cream. Give it all a good stir and everything sort of melts together and absorbs the creamy sauce. The bright lemon is a perfect complement to the creamy pasta and fresh asparagus.
Asparagus is one of my favorite Spring vegetables, and it pairs really well with the subtle lemon flavor in this One Pot Creamy Asparagus Chicken Pasta. If asparagus is not your thing, broccoli, broccolini, zucchini, or even bell peppers would be great substitutes.
We loved this pasta skillet with the chicken, but it could also be a quick meatless meal. Add in a few different types and colors of your favorite vegetables to give lots of flavor and nutrition. If you’re going the meatless route, I’d first cook the veggies in the skillet (in place of the chicken in the recipe), then take the veggies out while the pasta cooks and add them back in once the pasta is done. That way, your vegetables will have a chance to brown a bit and be cooked just right.
One Pot Creamy Asparagus Chicken Pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- salt and pepper
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
- 12 ounces penne pasta, I used whole wheat
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 pound asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
- ½ cup half and half, or heavy cream
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken, stirring often, until lightly browned (be careful not to over-cook, as chicken will continue to cook with the pasta). Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add sun-dried tomatoes, pasta, chicken broth, and water. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the asparagus, cover, and cook 3 minutes more, until pasta is al dente. Uncover and cook at a low simmer for 2 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in the half and half (or cream), Parmesan, and lemon zest. Enjoy!
This looks fantastic, Kristine! I am all about asparagus lately, can’t get enough!
Me too! And I just love it paired with lemon!
There are never too many one skillet meals – and this one looks extra good. Love your suggestions of other veggies (although I LOVE asparagus) and it could easily go meatless. YUM!
I am so glad that Spring is here because it means asparagus season is here too! Love it!
I could never get tired of one pot meals! This lemon chicken and asparagus pasta looks fantastic! So perfect for spring and busy weeknights. And I love how easy this is, too! Pinned!
Thank you, Gayle! I think I’ll keep thinking up new one-pot meals, since they are so convenient and full of flavor!
Ooh, a creamy, lemony pasta dish sounds amazing! And that just looks so awesome!! 🙂
Kristine, thick pasta dish looks amazing! I have been all about asparagus lately, and can’t wait to try this out! Love!
Thank you, Michelle!
Nope, never, ever, EVER! 🙂 And it’s amazing how many great things can come from just one pot! Looks so delicious Kristine – can’t wait for the weather to get better around here so we can finally get some local asparagus!
Whew! I’m so glad that I’m not alone in my love for one-pot meals!
I absolutely love everything about this recipe! One pot dishes are absolutely the best and this looks so fresh and perfect for Spring. Pinned 😉
Thanks, Danielle! I’m loving one-pot meals right now!
I am loving all the fresh asparagus this spring, and this pasta sounds right up my alley!! I love the lemon flavor in it too– so bright and fresh!
Thank you, Jess! I love lemon with asparagus!
This looks like one creamy, comforting and delicious pasta. I wish I had a bowl now – so perfect for this rainy weather.
Love the sound of asparagus and sundried tomato together! What a great flavour combination!
Thanks, Taylor! They really do go so well together!
This pasta looks divine! All my favourite ingredients combined into one! 😀 Love the addition of the asparagus – a lovely spring dinner!
Thank you, Jess!
Never too many one pot meals! This is a gorgeous take on it!
I made this for lunch and I love it! I used brown rice penne pasta and cut down on the initial 7 min simmer once I added the pasta. It was awesome! I love how the lemon zest cuts down on the richness of the cream. It’s a keeper!w
I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Shirley! Thanks for leaving a comment to let me know! 🙂
This sounds really nice. Always looking for new recipes to try. Thanks for sharing.
I made this tonight and the whole family loved it! We all had seconds and it was even good coId. It came together really easily too since it’s one pot and just coarse chopping. We will be having this again soon!
I’m happy to hear your family liked this Erin! One pot meals are my favorite way to get dinner on the table (other than slow cooker dinners, of course 😉 ).
Do you think fat free half and half would work just as well?
I never get tired of one pot meals because I want dinner fast and I always want less dishes! It’s a bonus when they look as delicious as this does too — we love all of the ingredients in this pasta!
This dish is delicious. Now after reading this post my mom will try to cook this dish and when I will teast it… oh my god it’s was awesome.
I made this last week for hubby and I! We loved it! Thanks for the fabulous recipe!
That makes me so happy! Thank you for letting me know. 🙂