15 Chicken & Pasta Dinners for Cozy Weeknights

15 Chicken & Pasta Dinners for Cozy Weeknights

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Kelli Foster
Jul 16, 2018
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Want an easy way to up your weeknight dinner routine? Take two heavy hitters in your weekly rotation, chicken and pasta, and bring them together for one meal that's cozy and satisfying. From casseroles to skillet meals, dinnertime is about to get even more delicious with these 15 chicken pasta recipes that will leave everyone with happy stomachs.

1. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

A warm and creamy casserole is comfort food at its finest — and this combination of Buffalo chicken and pasta is no exception. It's a fun way to add some heat to dinner.

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2. Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet

I reserve this creamy skillet dinner for weeknights I don't really feel like cooking, but want something super satisfying and comforting. To bring it together even faster (and save a few bucks) I swap the Broccolini for frozen broccoli and stir it in in the last few minutes of cooking.

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3. Chicken & Swiss Chard Pasta Bake

The temperatures are in flux, so what's more satisfying than a warm casserole straight from the oven? Particularly one that puts leftover chicken to use, and combines it with pasta and greens.

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4. Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup

This soup has it all — tender chicken, chunky carrots, wisps of wilted spinach, bite-sized pillows of pasta and cheese — with a silky broth to tie it together.

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5. Chicken & Tomato No-Boil Pasta Bake

One of the great things about pasta dinners is just how accommodating they can be. And it doesn't get much easier than this chicken and pasta combo that doesn't even require boiling a pot of water.

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6. One-Skillet Chicken Alfredo Pasta

This recipe is slightly decadent and more than a little comforting. Bonus points for everything getting cooked in a single skillet.

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7. Chicken and Broccoli Penne Pasta

This dish relies on staples that are probably in your kitchen right now. Pantry and freezer staples, like penne pasta, chicken breast, and frozen veggies, are the backbone of this weeknight meal.

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8. Chicken Parm and Pasta Skillet

Yes, you can have chicken Parm in just 30 minutes. This dinner for two really delivers by starting with a smart shortcut from the freezer section.

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9. Greek Chicken Pasta with Olives and Feta

There's plenty of bright flavor in this olive- and feta-packed pasta. It's a favorite, thanks to its versatility. Serve it warm, at room temperature, or even chilled.

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10. Chicken Pasta Bake with Spinach & Parmesan

This pasta casserole is creamy, but not too rich, thanks to a yogurt-based sauce. Add greens and chicken breast for a weeknight supper that will fill you up without weighing you down.

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11. Chicken & Artichokes in Wine Sauce

This is one of those amazing meals that's deceptively simple to make. Chicken and tangy artichokes are coated in a velvety, cream-free sauce, with no skimping on flavor.

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12. Chicken Ragù with Bacon

Next time you've got gnocchi or pasta on the menu, consider topping it with a hearty chicken ragù.

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13. Gnocchi Skillet with Chicken Sausage & Tomatoes

This is the recipe to keep in your back pocket for the nights you want a 15-minute meal with just a handful of basic ingredients.

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14. Crispy Chicken Caesar Orzo Salad

This is a dinner salad for pasta-lovers. You'll feel good about eating some greens and take comfort in the generous helping of Caesar-sliced orzo and lemon-tinged crispy chicken pieces.

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15. Creamy Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups

This weeknight dinner is basically creamy chicken Alfredo meets lasagna. And since you're skipping the big baking dish, it's much more doable when you're cooking for one or two.

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