31 Easy Chicken Pasta Recipes for Any Night of the Week

updated Dec 5, 2023
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Tuscan chicken pasta  made with penne pasta in a bowl with a wooden spoon.
Credit: Kelli Foster

When it comes to pasta dishes, my mind automatically goes to a meat sauce over heavy noodles, or a simple cacio e pepe. And although chicken fettuccine with Alfredo sauce will always have a special place in my heart as a “fancy” meal from childhood, I rarely think of making pasta dishes with chicken. How wrong I’ve been!

We’ve compiled a list of 25 chicken pasta recipes, and all I can say is that I’ve been seriously missing out. These recipes range from gnocchi to orzo to pappardelle. All you need is a side dish like fresh focaccia or a delicious salad recipe to accompany which ever pasta you choose. The best part about making pasta for dinner is that it’s usually pretty easy to whip up, and the same goes for the recipes included on this list.

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Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara
For a bit of Olive Garden nostalgia, give this chicken and shrimp carbonara a try. It's much easier than you think, and tastes just like the restaurant version.
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Gochujang Chicken Alfredo
Gochujang, Korean red pepper paste, give the classic pasta dinner a special twist.
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5-Ingredient Skillet Chicken Parmesan
You'll get both the saucy pasta and cheesy chicken out of this easy one-pan recipe. Pair with a simple green salad for a complete meal.
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Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet
Turn chicken sausage, quick-cooking orzo, and broccolini into an easy one-skillet pasta dinner with this weeknight-friendly recipe.
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Chicken Pesto Pasta
If you love a good pesto pasta and have a soft spot for creamy sauces, you are going to absolutely love pesto chicken pasta.
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Easy Chicken Carbonara
In this weeknight-friendly dish chicken makes the classic spaghetti carbonara you love an even heartier meal. And it's still practically as quick as the original.
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Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Learn the basics of Alfredo sauce and how to use it for making chicken fettuccini Alfredo any night of the week.
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Chicken Parm and Pasta Skillet
This skillet rendition of chicken parm and pasta for two is easy and versatile.
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Greek Chicken Pasta with Olives and Feta
There’s more to this pasta dish than just chicken, olives, and feta. There are some artichoke hearts, fresh oregano, and a lemon vinaigrette — a whole mess of salty, tangy flavors.
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Chicken Spaghetti
Here’s our version of chicken spaghetti that requires no creamed soups but still delivers on big flavors the whole family will love.
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One-Pot Spinach Artichoke Chicken Pasta
This all-in-one dinner, which starts with smart shortcuts like pre-cooked chicken sausage and marinated artichoke hearts, is ready in 15 minutes.
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Chicken & Tomato No-Boil Pasta Bake
Five minutes of prep is all you need before sliding this comforting casserole into the oven.
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Cajun Chicken Pasta
This weeknight-friendly pasta dish — packed with smoky chicken, cheesy sauce, and juicy tomatoes — is inspired by a cult-favorite dish at Chili's.
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Chicken Pasta Bake with Spinach & Parmesan
This pasta bake is creamy but not too rich, stuffed with greens, satisfying and homey but still light. It even gives you one pan for dinner and another to freeze!
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Baked Skillet Pasta with Chicken, Artichokes, and Lemon
This stunning skillet casserole, with its bright lemon flavor and smattering of fresh herbs, is the very best way to get your summer pasta fix.
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Simple One-Skillet Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Everything is done in the same skillet in this recipe — easy cooking and easy cleanup.
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Ginger Chicken and Pasta
The sauce in this recipe is light, letting the flavors of the chicken and spinach shine through, and it's a meal simple enough to pull off on a busy weeknight.
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Blackened Chicken with Creamy Angel Hair Pasta
A slightly elevated take on the classic chicken and broccoli alfredo with blackened chicken and angel hair pasta.
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Chicken and Swiss Chard Pasta Bake
There’s something soul-satisfying about a warm casserole straight from the oven, and this chicken and swiss chard pasta definitely achieves that feeling.
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Chicken and Broccoli Penne
A bag of frozen broccoli helps make this cream cheese-laced pasta extra easy — and if you don’t want to bother cooking the chicken, you can definitely substitute shredded rotisserie chicken.
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Creamy Braised Chicken with Pappardelle
Full-bodied cream sauce, a spike of lemon zest, lots of salt and pepper, and a generous scattering of fresh herbs await you in this creamy chicken pappardelle recipe.
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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups
Sometimes cooking for two just doesn’t feel all that decadent, but with chicken and spinach, creamy Alfredo sauce and melty mozzarella, this is a rich and indulgent dinner.
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Gnocchi Skillet with Chicken Sausage & Tomatoes
Gnocchi, blistered cherry tomatoes, chicken sausage, and a handful of basil — look, we’ve told you the whole ingredient list already.
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Lemony Chicken and Artichoke Orzo
This pantry-friendly orzo dinner relies on marinated artichokes, Italian chicken sausage, and fresh lemon for intense yet effortless flavor.
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Tuscan Chicken Pasta
Bursting with flavor, this oh-so-creamy pasta dish is an easy weeknight meal that will make you feel like you've been transported to Italy.
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One-Pot Creamy Chicken Orzo
Think of this easy, veggie-packed orzo dish as a grown-up mac 'n cheese — creamy, cheesy, and packed with good-for-you greens and chicken.
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Cheesy Chicken and Mushroom Lasagna
This creamy, cheesy chicken and mushroom lasagna is a simple enough dish to wow your family on a weeknight, but it’s also special enough to impress your foodiest friends at a dinner party.
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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta
Combining the flavors of ranch dressing with chicken and bacon in this creamy pasta dish gives you an over-the-top dinner all in one dish.
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Curried Angel Hair Chicken Pasta
This curried pasta dish is inspired by fried rice. It's bursting with colorful vegetables and delicious flavor from curry powder and turmeric.
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Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo
Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo is an shortcut dinner that tastes just like the creamy classic.
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Chicken Scampi
This chicken is bathed in a sauce of butter, garlic, and white wine.
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