No-Fuss Chicken Pasta Milano for a Perfect Weeknight Dinner

Listen, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You don’t have to go to fancy restaurants or break your bank account to get a delicious Italian meal. No, no, no. I’m going to share with you my famous Chicken Pasta Milano Recipe that will knock your socks off.

Picture this: angel hair pasta coated in a creamy garlic sun-dried tomato sauce, paired with tender pieces of chicken breast that soak up all the flavors like a sponge. It’s like enjoying an upscale dinner at Milano restaurant without having to leave your home.

Trust me; This recipe is a game-changer for pasta dishes. You can make it in under an hour, and your friends and family will be impressed by your cooking skills. It’s perfect for special occasions or even dinner on a weeknight.

So roll up your sleeves, tie on that apron, and let’s get started on making the Chicken Pasta Milano Recipe that will quickly become your new favorite dish!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chicken Pasta Milano
Chicken Pasta Milano

Picture this: you sit down at a cozy restaurant, the aroma of garlic and chicken wafting through the air, your mouth watering in anticipation of the dish that’s about to be placed before you. That’s right, I’m talking about Chicken Pasta Milano, a dish that’s taken the culinary world by storm. And today, I’m sharing with you my own recipe for this classic dish – one that’s sure to leave your taste buds tingling with delight.

Now, you may be wondering why Chicken Pasta Milano is such a beloved recipe. The answer is simple: it’s a perfect combination of flavors and textures wrapped up in one delectable dish. Tender boneless skinless chicken breasts are sautéed to perfection with sun-dried tomatoes and garlic until golden brown in color. This cooked-to-perfection chicken is then simmered with heavy cream and chicken broth to create a lusciously creamy garlic sun-dried tomato sauce that will make you weak in the knees. Served on a bed of perfectly-cooked angel hair pasta, this chicken pasta dish is garnished with fresh basil that gives an interesting burst of flavor.

But wait there’s more – my recipe also includes optional substitutions so that it can be made gluten-free or with added protein if desired. The best part? It’s incredibly easy to make – perfect for both novice and seasoned cooks alike.

So if you’re looking for something that will impress your guests or satisfy your cravings for something gourmet without having to leave your home, look no further than this heavenly Chicken Pasta Milano recipe. With every bite, I guarantee it’ll transport you straight to culinary heaven!

Ingredient List

 Get ready to indulge in the ultimate comfort food.
Get ready to indulge in the ultimate comfort food.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Chicken Pasta Milano recipe:

For the Chicken Milano Recipe:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 pound chicken)
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Pasta Milano recipe:

  • 1 pound angel hair pasta or gluten-free pasta
  • Salt for cooking pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 12 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 cups parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt and peppers to taste

You can find these ingredients at your local grocery store or order them online. Be sure to read the packaging labels of each ingredient properly to ensure that they are fresh and of high quality.

The Recipe How-To

 The creamy, dreamy pasta meal you've been craving.
The creamy, dreamy pasta meal you’ve been craving.

Now comes the fun part! Follow these steps to create your own delicious Chicken Pasta Milano:


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomato
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz. angel hair pasta (or any pasta you like)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


  1. Start by seasoning the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then add the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, around 5 minutes per side.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside on a plate.
  4. In the same skillet, melt the butter and add garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  5. Next, add 1 3/4 cups of chicken broth, heavy cream, sun-dried tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. Bring everything to a simmer and let it cook for around 10 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken.
  6. While the sauce is cooking, cook your pasta according to package directions.
  7. Once done, bring everything together: chop the cooked chicken into bite sized pieces then add them (along with the remaining chicken broth) to the skillet with the sauce.
  8. Add your cooked pasta to the skillet as well, tossing everything gently for roughly two minutes until heated through and nicely coated in sauce.
  9. Remove from heat and sprinkle fresh basil on top.

Congratulations! You did it! Now all that’s left to do is serve up heaping bowls of this pasta milano recipe to your hungry guests or family members 🙂 Be sure to check out Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating for tips on how to store these delicious leftovers!

Substitutions and Variations

 Can you smell the aroma of garlic and onions filling your kitchen?
Can you smell the aroma of garlic and onions filling your kitchen?

Are you looking to mix things up with this Chicken Pasta Milano recipe? There are endless possibilities for variations and substitutions that can bring new life to this classic dish. Here are a few ideas to get your creativity flowing:

– Gluten-free option: If you’re gluten-sensitive or simply prefer gluten-free pasta, swap out the angel hair pasta in the recipe for your favorite gluten-free pasta. You can find great options at most grocery stores.

– Protein options: While boneless skinless chicken breasts are used in the original recipe, you can substitute other proteins like shrimp or tofu for added variety. For a plant-based variation, try omitting the protein altogether and adding more veggies like roasted zucchini, broccoli or bell peppers.

– Sun-dried tomatoes: The star ingredient of this recipe, sun-dried tomatoes can be substituted for fresh tomatoes if they are not available or not your cup of tea. Similarly, if you prefer more of a tomato sauce flavor over tomato chunks, use canned diced tomatoes instead.

– Herbs: While fresh basil is a go-to in this recipe, you can experiment with other herbs such as parsley, thyme or oregano to bring different aromatic notes to your dish.

– Cheese: Parmesan cheese is used for flavoring but feel free to experiment with different types of cheese such as Romano, Asiago or Pecorino to add more complexity and depth of flavor.

Remember, cooking is all about experimenting with flavors and finding what works best for your taste buds. Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild and customize the recipe to make it truly yours. Enjoy!

Serving and Pairing

 A perfect dish to impress your friends and family.
A perfect dish to impress your friends and family.

Ah, the perfect pairing. Don’t you just love it when two things come together to create something unforgettable? That’s exactly what we have here with this chicken pasta Milano recipe.

Once the pasta is cooked to perfection and the creamy garlic sundried tomato sauce is infused with flavor, it’s time to think about serving and pairing. This dish pairs wonderfully with a crisp green salad or roasted vegetables. You can also add some crusty bread on the side for a perfect meal combo.

If you’re feeling like being a little extra fancy, pair this pasta dish with a glass of white wine or rose. The delicate flavors of this dish demand a wine that won’t overpower its taste but will instead complement it in a way that will make your taste buds sing.

I highly recommend using Delipair App, where you can find detailed suggestions for wine pairing. Based on your preferences and tastes, this app can help you choose the perfect wine to enhance your meal.

This chicken pasta Milano recipe is perfect for any time of year – in the summer served outside on a warm evening, or in winter around the table with family and friends. Its flexibility makes it an excellent choice for potlucks or entertaining guests.

So go ahead and let your creativity run wild – this dish is so versatile that you can get creative with your pairings!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Say goodbye to boring chicken dinners and hello to Chicken Pasta Milano.
Say goodbye to boring chicken dinners and hello to Chicken Pasta Milano.

Now, let’s talk about making ahead, storing, and reheating the chicken pasta milano. This recipe is great for making ahead of time, as it reheats beautifully without losing any of the rich flavors. You can store it in an airtight container for up to three days in the refrigerator.

To make sure your leftovers taste as good as the first night, here are a few tips on reheating:

Microwave method: Place the desired portion of pasta Milano into a microwave-safe bowl or plate, add a splash of chicken broth, and cover it loosely with plastic wrap before microwaving on high for a minute or two. Give it a gentle stir and continue microwaving in increments of 30 seconds until heated through.

Stovetop method: For larger portions or if you prefer to reheat on the stovetop, heat the pasta Milano in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add a bit of olive oil or chicken broth to prevent sticking while stirring occasionally until heated through.

Keep in mind that creamy sauces usually thicken when refrigerated. If you’re reheating leftovers from being stored in the refrigerator, you may need to add an extra splash of chicken broth or milk to loosen up the sauce.

Also, I recommend cooking fresh pasta when reheating and adding it to the dish just before serving to preserve its texture. This way, you can enjoy perfectly cooked angel hair pasta with every mouthful.

Overall, this versatile dish is an excellent option when planning ahead for weekly meals or wanting to serve something tasty for meal prep.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Get ready to have a cheesy smile on your face after trying this dish.
Get ready to have a cheesy smile on your face after trying this dish.

When it comes to cooking, it’s essential to have a few tricks up your sleeve to make your dishes stand out. Here are some tips to ensure that your Chicken Pasta Milano turns out perfect every time.

First, take the time to roast the garlic for a rich and nuanced flavor. I like to slice off the top of a garlic head, drizzle it with olive oil, wrap it in foil, and roast it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes. The result is garlic that is soft and fragrant, perfect for any pasta dish.

Secondly, cook your pasta al dente before adding it to the sauce. Overcooked pasta can turn into a mushy mess and ruin the texture of the dish. To achieve perfectly cooked pasta, boil it in generously salted water until it’s slightly firm to the bite, then drain and rinse it with cold water.

Next, don’t overcrowd the skillet when cooking your chicken. Cooking too much chicken at once will cause the temperature of the skillet to drop and result in uneven cooking. Cook the chicken in batches or use two skillets if necessary.

One crucial tip is not to overcook your chicken. Boneless skinless chicken breasts can be dry and tough if overcooked, so be mindful of cooking time. Use a meat thermometer for accurate results – cook chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

For a gluten-free option, use gluten-free pasta instead of regular pasta. It’s a tasty and healthier alternative that’s easy to find in grocery stores.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients or variations of this recipe. Try using mushrooms instead of sun-dried tomatoes or adding more veggies for an added protein boost. Let your culinary creativity run wild!

By following these tips and putting your twist on this recipe, you’re sure to impress everyone at your next dinner party with delicious Chicken Pasta Milano!


As a home chef, it’s normal to have doubts or questions about the recipe you’re cooking. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about this Chicken Pasta Milano recipe that I want to address. Clearing these up will ensure you have all the information you need in order to successfully cook this delicious and hearty dish. So, let’s dive in!

What is Milano sauce made of?

To whip up a decadent and savory sauce, combine heavy cream, roasted garlic, pepper, salt, and parmesan cheese in a food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer the cream mixture into a saucepan and heat it up until it begins to boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until the sauce has a luscious thickness to it.

What is pasta milan?

This recipe features a mouth-watering blend of garlic, sundried tomatoes, chicken, mushrooms, and bowtie pasta, all smothered in a rich and creamy sauce.

Does chicken go in pasta?

Incorporating chicken into your pasta dish is a wonderful way to elevate the dish by adding protein. Chicken can be cooked with the pasta or as a topping on grilled or sautéed chicken, bringing more flavor and texture to your meal. With the added protein, your pasta dish becomes a more satisfying, complete meal. So, yes, chicken and pasta are a perfect match!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Chicken Pasta Milano recipe is a perfect dish for any occasion. With its easy-to-follow steps and customizable ingredients, you’ll have a pasta dish that suits your taste buds in no time. Whether you are making it for a romantic dinner, a family gathering, or just to enjoy for yourself, this recipe guarantees complete satisfaction. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also an added protein-packed meal, and with gluten-free options, you can cater to your dietary needs. It’s no wonder why this is a popular dish among restaurants like Macaroni Grill. With some practice, tip implementation and creativity with variations and substitutions, you can even elevate the taste of the recipe to fit restaurant quality dining.

I highly encourage giving this dish a try as not only does it bring people together but it tantalizes taste buds unlike anything else. The creamy garlic and sundried tomato sauce serve as the perfect base for chicken and pasta to dance along in perfect harmony. Use this recipe as an opportunity to flex your culinary skills or just make something comforting and delicious without too much fuss.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some chicken breasts and get cooking! Once you’ve tried Chicken Pasta Milano U will know why Milano pasta is one of the world’s most popular pasta dishes!

Chicken Pasta Milano

Chicken Pasta Milano Recipe

A copycat recipe of the Pasta Milano served at Macaroni Grill. Yum Yum!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Calories 667.5 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth, divided
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons basil
  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta, cooked and drained


  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for about a minute.
  • Add tomatoes and 3/4 cup of chicken broth.
  • Increase heat to medium and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, for about 10 minutes.
  • Add cream and bring to a boil again, stirring frequently.
  • Simmer over medium heat until sauce is thick.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper over both sides of chicken.
  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet, then add chicken and saute until chicken is no longer pink inside.
  • (About 4 minutes each side should do it.) Remove chicken from skillet, drain fat from skillet.
  • In the same skillet, stir 1/4 cup chicken broth with the pan juices, and bring to a boil; reduce slightly and add to the cream sauce; stir in basil.
  • Serve chicken atop the pasta, coat with the cream sauce.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 317gCalories: 667.5kcalCarbohydrates: 49.1gProtein: 36.1gFat: 36.1gSaturated Fat: 17.4gCholesterol: 164.7mgSodium: 1098.3mgFiber: 2.9gSugar: 4.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Chicken, European, Meat, Poultry, Stove Top
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