Garlic Chicken Pasta (One Pot)

Quick and easy garlic chicken pasta that’s made in just 30 minutes in 1 pot, using simple ingredients. It’s creamy, cheesy and packed with flavor.

Weeknights are HECTIC in our household and this lemon garlic chicken pasta is constantly on our meal plan!

Now, I normally make chicken pasta with garlic butter sauce but this CREAMY garlic chicken pasta was so much easier and faster and only required one pot.

There was barely any mess to clean up afterwards… Thank goodness!

Best of all, everyone in the family APPROVES of this and some even ask for second servings…hehe.

How to make garlic chicken pasta?

In a large pan, heat oil and cook chicken cubes until golden brown. Add butter, ginger, garlic, Italian seasoning and cook until fragrant. Add water or broth, lemon juice, lemon zest, spaghetti and cook until pasta is almost cooked. Add cheese until fully melted and combined with the pasta. Garnish with fresh herbs and enjoy!

How to make garlic chicken pasta bake?

Mix together the cooked pasta, cooked garlic chicken cream cheese and mozzarella cheese in a greased 9×13 pan. Cover it with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Take it a step further and add breadcrumbs and broil until browned in the last 5 minutes without foil until crispy and golden brown.

What to serve with garlic chicken pasta?

You can serve the following side dishes:

  • Breadsticks
  • Garlic bread
  • Salad
  • Grilled or baked vegetables

You can also make this one pan garlic chicken pasta with:

  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Lemon
  • Proscuitto
  • Tomato sauce
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Basil
  • Three cheese blend

Here are some TIPS for making quick butter garlic chicken pasta:

  • If the pasta is not cooked through and looks dry, add a little more water and cook for a bit longer.
  • You can use half low sodium chicken broth and half water to enhance the flavor even further.
  • Use UNSALTED butter instead of salted butter or else the pasta can become very salty.
  • Make sure to use a NON STICK pan/skillet so that there is no sticky mess.
  • To make HEALTHY garlic chicken pasta, you can reduce the amount of butter, use fat free cream cheese and low fat parmesan cheese.
  • DON’T omit the lemon zest or lemon juice because it adds so much flavor and tastes very bland without it.
  • Instead of preparing the chicken like I did, you can also use baked, grilled or roasted chicken in this recipe and toss that with boiled pasta, cheese, herbs and spices to make roasted garlic chicken pasta.
  • You can prepare the garlic chicken in this recipe, as explained below and then mix it with boiled bow tie pasta and lots of cheese and lemon juice to make garlic chicken pasta salad.

If you liked this non stick skillet garlic chicken pasta, you may like this buffalo chicken pasta too (ADD LINK HERE).

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Nutrition Facts
One Pot Garlic Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 775 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 340mg 14%
Potassium 430mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 71g 24%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 15.7%
Vitamin C 7.7%
Calcium 16.1%
Iron 14.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

One Pot Garlic Chicken Pasta

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Quick and easy garlic chicken pasta that's made in just 30 minutes in 1 pot, using simple ingredients. It's creamy, cheesy and packed with flavor.

Servings: 5 Servings
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Calories: 775 kcal
Author: Abeer from OnePotRecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 pound Chicken Boneless, Cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1/4 cup Butter Unsalted
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger Finely grated
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Lemon zest
  • 4 cups Water Or use half chicken broth and half water
  • 16 oz Spaghetti Uncooked
  • 1/2 cup Cream cheese Full fat
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro or parsley Roughly chopped, For garnish

Instructions

  1. In a non-stick pan, heat oil on medium heat.

  2. Add chicken, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

  3. Cook until chicken is golden brown.

  4. Add butter, ginger and garlic and cook on medium heat until fragrant. (Make sure not to burn the garlic and ginger).

  5. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, additional salt and pepper (if necessary), water and mix everything together. 

  6. Add spaghetti and mix again. 

  7. Cook without lid on medium heat until the water is almost evaporated. Make sure to stir often or else the pasta might stick to the pan.

  8. When pasta is almost cooked, add cream cheese and mix together. 

  9. Remove pan from the heat and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. 

  10. Garnish with cilantro/ parsley and some lemon slices. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • If the pasta is not cooked through, add a little more water and cook for a bit longer.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days and can be reheated in the microwave. 

Happy cooking everyone!

7 comments on “Garlic Chicken Pasta (One Pot)”

  1. Looks so good!! My husband would love this! Love one pot meals!

  2. Nothing beats a one pot meal! This one tops the list 🙂

  3. A one pot meal that my whole family will enjoy!

  4. This will be a huge hit in my house! Looks really delicious!

  5. I love how easy this recipe is to make and to customize! I am totally trying this with broccoli!

  6. Get in my belly! This looks so good.

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