One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta for Two

21 May
Chicken and Asparagus Pasta for Two

Chicken and Asparagus Pasta for Two

Recently my meals have taken on a “keep-it-simple” theme, which includes finding and making new meals that only use one pot, pan, or skillet. One day I was surfing Pinterest, pondering what to make with some fresh spring asparagus I had bought and came across this delightful food blog that offered just the ticket for a quick and easy meal. I scaled it down for two people as my daughter wasn’t eating at home that night, and also added some Neufchâtel cream cheese to double the creaminess. The meal offered everything it claimed, including only one pot to clean after. And the bonus? It only took a half hour to make! Two thumbs up all the way around!

One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta for Two
Adapted from The Nourished Peach, original recipe here

8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast
Ground black pepper and Mrs. Dash or salt, to taste
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons butter
4 to 6 ounces asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 cups homemade or low sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup milk, any kind
6 to 8 ounces spaghetti noodles
1/8 cup fresh lemon juice (1 small lemon or 1/2 large)
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan chees
2 ounces Neufchâtel cheese or regular cream cheese
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

Season the chicken on both sides with ground black pepper and Mrs. Dash or salt, to taste. Heat the oil and butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

Browning the Chicken

Browning the Chicken

Add the chicken and cook for about 7 minutes on one side, then turn chicken over and cook for another 7 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Remove chicken to a cutting board, cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes or so.

Browning the Asparagus

Browning the Asparagus

Meanwhile add the asparagus to the pot and cook for several minutes, stirring to evenly cook it. In the last minute or so, add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Deglaze the pot with a couple teaspoons of the chicken broth and scrape up the yummy browned bits from the chicken.

Pasta and Cooking Liquids

Pasta and Cooking Liquids ~ I broke the spaghetti in half to fit the pot

Add the thyme, additional ground black pepper, chicken broth, milk, and pasta to the pot. Turn the heat up to medium high and bring up to a boil. Once boiling, turn heat down to medium and gently boil, stirring often with a fork to keep the noodles from sticking to each other.

Boiling the Pasta

Boiling the Pasta

Simmer for 8 to 15 minutes (we live at high altitude so pasta takes longer) until pasta is cooked to your liking.

Adding the Chicken

Adding the Chicken

Meanwhile slice the chicken into strips then cut into bite-sized pieces. When pasta is done, add the lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, Neufchâtel or cream cheese, and chicken. Stir to completely combine then top with a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Serve in bowls along with a side salad. So delicious!

Note: This recipe can easily be double or tripled, use size of pot accordingly.

Chicken and Asparagus Pasta for Two

One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta for Two

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65 Responses to “One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta for Two”

  1. PantryPortfolio May 21, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    I recently made my first ever one pot pasta and loved the ease of prep and cleanup. This one looks very tasty! Will be adding it to my list for sure.

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  2. Teagan Geneviene May 21, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    Ooooo…. What sound does drooling make? That looks so good, Kathryn. Suddenly I’m starving. What I wouldn’t do for a plate of that right now. Well done my friend. Mega hugs.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger May 21, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

      Oh thank you so much Teagan, glad I caught you here. I just left you a comment on your story. So how did the interview go??? I didn’t dare say much about your work over there.

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      • Teagan Geneviene May 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

        That was thoughtful of you, Kathryn. It went fine. But I could not get a “read” on them at all. It was the 2 highest ranking Feds at that regional office, the position reports to the lower one. But the video part (at my end) was completely blurry (don’t know what they saw of me). Plus they were sitting at a table. So I couldn’t see facial expressions or read body language at all.
        However, it has all the signs of being “pre-selected” — which most jobs are… especially at my agency. They aren’t giving moving expenses either — which is another sign of that.
        It took them 3 months to get that far, so I don’t know when I’ll hear anything.
        Thanks for thinking of me and for asking. HUgs.

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      • anotherfoodieblogger May 21, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

        Oh that’s too bad the video was so bad. Well I am still pulling for you! Where is the position located?

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      • Teagan Geneviene May 21, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

        Oh sorry. It’s in Dallas. 🙂

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      • anotherfoodieblogger May 21, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

        Yee-haw! I’d have to learn you how to speak Texan, ya’ heah? 😉

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  3. apuginthekitchen May 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    Love a one pot meal this really sounds incredible Kathryn. Perfect weeknight meal.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger May 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

      Thanks so much Suzanne, I do love them too. I’m glad to have another one for the rotation for the busy summer months. (Now if just Mother Nature would cooperate. Raining and 43 today. Boo Hiss!)

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  4. Jodi May 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    YUM! another chicken and pasta recipe!

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  5. Karina Pinella May 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    Yum

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  6. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser May 21, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

    Yummy let me at it KR!!!xoxoxxo ccc

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  7. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso May 21, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

    One pot meals are so great! Love this dish that has such beautiful flavors, colors and textures. 🙂

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  8. Love Served Daily May 21, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

    Looks so delicious

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  9. D. Wallace Peach May 21, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

    I would never think to add lemon juice! I bet that’s good. What a nice tweak to the flavor. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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  10. Garfield Hug May 22, 2016 at 1:44 am #

    Simply looking yummy!! 😊

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  11. fromthefamilytable May 22, 2016 at 8:02 am #

    I never would have thought of the combination, but it looks outstanding.

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  12. Kate May 22, 2016 at 8:21 am #

    This looks amazing! Do you have any leftovers? 🙂

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  13. Melody Procter May 22, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    Yum! This looks delicious Kathryn and the fewer dishes I have to the better!!

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  14. StefanGourmet May 22, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    Cooking the spaghetti this way, ‘risotto style’, does not only save on washing up, but also provides a different flavor and texture. Using good quality chicken stock is paramount. I like the flavor combination in here, although I would use boneless and skinless thighs instead of breast.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger May 22, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

      Yes, I do know thighs are less dry than the chicken breasts, but my family (myself included) is not a big fan of dark chicken meat. Which is really a shame because I do want to like thighs. Thank you for stopping by, Stefan.

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  15. Chitra Jagadish May 22, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

    Looks so delicious. ..

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  16. Freda @ Aromatic essence May 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

    Love one pot meals! This looks delicious and yummm, Kathryn ! Lovely recipe 🙂

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  17. Book Club Mom May 22, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

    Looks so tasty! I love asparagus too!

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  18. SactoSylvia May 22, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS DELICIOUS! Even My father, a very very picky eater, volunteered that he liked it – and that’s saying something! I’d never made one-dish pasta before so I followed the recipe to a “T.” (OK, so I might have used a bit more asparagus than it called for). I’ll definitely be making this dish again! The only think I’d change is to remove the asparagus from the pan after sautee-ing it, and then add it back in to the cooked pasta with the chicken. That’s all. And for this evening, the very well-cooked asparagus was perfect for a dish shared with my father!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger May 23, 2016 at 8:29 am #

      Wow hello there SactoSylvia! You went to the IMM, right? Way great to to “see you” again! My spring asparagus was really thick, not the skinny ones, so I think that would be a good call when using the thin stuff. I am so very happy you and your picky-eating father enjoyed this. Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  19. Michelle Williams May 22, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

    After 4 weeks in Europe this year my meals are simple these days too (and very low calorie). Yuck! I’ll file this one away for a bit. Thank you.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger May 23, 2016 at 8:30 am #

      I totally understand Michelle! I would be a complete glutton if I ever got to visit Europe. How could one not resist all that great food??? xoxo

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  20. Linda May 23, 2016 at 8:11 am #

    I love the ease and flavors of this pasta Kathryn! Yummy! 🙂

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  21. Lynz Real Cooking May 23, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    I love this one pot idea and I am now at Jacki’s so I want to try this lovely pasta tomorrow! xx

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  22. all-TIM-ate May 23, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

    Kathryn this looks and sounds so drool-worthy. Had I not given up chicken I’d make this often 🤓🤓

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  23. Smiling Notes May 24, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    One pot meals are my fav!! This recipe looks absolutely fabulous! Saving it and sharing it on twitter & FB 🙂

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  24. bradthegourmand June 1, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    One pot dishes are always an excellent way to go…especially when you are your own sous chef!

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  25. Fourth Generation Farmgirl June 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

    Yum! One pot meals are the best! 😊

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  26. Lina June 9, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

    Wow! This is like the ULTIMATE pasta ever!

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Perfectly Disorganized September 21, 2016 at 12:52 am #

    It sounds so damn good!! I’mso sad that the asparagustime is over:(

    Liked by 1 person

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