Listen here, my friends. Are you looking for a tasty and easy recipe that will make your taste buds dance? Look no further! Today, I am bringing you a simple and delicious chicken and pasta primavera recipe that is sure to impress. It is packed with flavor and colorful vegetables, making it not only delicious but also a healthy option.
Now, don’t let the name intimidate you. Pasta primavera might sound like a fancy dish that only chefs can create, but trust me, it’s not. This dish is all about simplicity and using fresh ingredients to create a meal that’s both easy to prepare and enjoyable to eat.
The combination of tender and juicy chicken with al-dente pasta makes this an Italian-inspired dish that you need to try. And guess what? You can make it in under 30 minutes! No need to stress or spend hours in the kitchen.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron, turn on some music, pour yourself a glass of wine or vermouth, and let’s get cooking!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
You know what’s better than a recipe that’s both easy to make and tastes amazing? Nothing! And that’s exactly what you’ll get with this Simple and Tasty Chicken and Pasta Primavera Recipe.
One of the reasons you’ll love this recipe is because it’s versatile. Want to add more protein? Grill some boneless skinless chicken breasts and add them to the dish. Trying to eat more veggies? Roast some bell peppers or zucchini and toss them in. Need a vegan option? Make it a vegetable pasta dish by swapping out the chicken for some cashew sauce.
Not only is this recipe versatile but it’s also quick and easy to make, which makes it a great choice for busy weekdays or when you’re hosting a big dinner party. Plus, the creamy primavera sauce made with vermouth, milk, and parmesan cheese complements the garlic chicken and pasta perfectly. This recipe has all the flavor without any of the fuss!
So whether you’re trying to get dinner on the table quickly or looking for a crowd-pleasing pasta dish that will impress your guests, this chicken pasta primavera recipe is sure to hit the spot. You’ll love how easy it is to customize, how quick it is to make, and most importantly, how delicious it tastes!
Chicken and Pasta Primavera Ingredients:
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2)
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic powder (2 teaspoons)
- Lemon pepper seasoning (1 teaspoon)
- Herb seasoning mix (2 teaspoons)
- Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
- Garlic cloves, minced (2)
- Vermouth or white wine (1/4 cup)
- Chicken broth or stock (1/2 cup)
- Heavy cream or milk (1/2 cup)
- Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup)
Pasta Primavera Ingredients:
- Penne pasta (1 pound)
- Salt for the pasta water
- Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
- Garlic, minced (2 cloves)
- Bell peppers, diced (2 cups)
- Zucchini, diced (2 cups)
Note: For a vegan option, you can replace chicken with roasted vegetables and replace heavy cream with cashew sauce.
The Recipe How-To
Ready to make a delicious chicken and pasta primavera? This recipe is perfect for when you are short on time but still want to enjoy a homemade meal. Let’s get started with our detailed step by step instructions.
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup vermouth or white wine
- 1 teaspoon herb seasoning mix
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Lemon pepper seasoning
- Parmesan cheese, grated
Step 1: Start by boiling the pasta according to package instructions. Make sure to salt the water generously so that the pasta has enough flavor.
Step 2: In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Once hot, add sliced chicken breasts and brown them on both sides for about 5 minutes.
Step 3: Lower the heat to medium and add minced garlic. Cook until fragrant for about 1 minute.
Step 4: Sprinkle herb seasoning mix, garlic powder, salt, pepper and lemon pepper seasoning over the chicken. Stir everything well so that the chicken is coated with all of the ingredients.
Step 5: Pour vermouth or white wine into the skillet and stir. Let it reduce for a few minutes until the liquid mostly evaporates.
Step 6: Next, add chicken broth and allow it to simmer down until it starts thickening up (about 2 minutes).
Step 7: Once the sauce has thickened up a little bit, pour in milk and allow everything to cook together for another few minutes on low heat.
Step 8: Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning accordingly.
Step 9: Drain your cooked pasta then add it into your skillet with your primavera sauce. Toss everything well so that the sauce is spread evenly over the pasta.
Step10: Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over your pasta dish then give it one last toss.
That’s it! The chicken pasta primavera is now ready to be served!
Substitutions and Variations
Looking to put your own spin on this Chicken and Pasta Primavera Recipe? Great news – there are plenty of substitutions and variations to try out!
First off, if you’re looking to make this dish vegetarian or vegan-friendly, simply swap out the chicken for roasted vegetables like bell peppers or zucchini. You could also try a cashew sauce instead of the primavera sauce, which adds a nice nutty flavor and creaminess to the dish.
For those who want to add an extra kick of protein without using chicken, try using shrimp or fish like flounder or tilapia. And if you’re looking for a pasta alternative, penne works great in this recipe but feel free to go wild with different types of pasta noodles like spaghetti, linguine or even gluten-free options like quinoa pasta.
If you’re feeling adventurous, switch up the herbs and spices by adding fresh basil or oregano. Experiment with different seasoning blends like lemon pepper or cajun seasoning mix for an added twist.
Finally, try pairing this dish with a crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio for an easy summer dinner party. Or enjoy a red wine like Merlot alongside it for a cozy winter night in. No matter what variation you choose, this recipe is versatile enough to please any palate!
Serving and Pairing
Once your chicken pasta primavera is ready to serve, it’s time to think about the best way to enjoy it! This dish goes well with a variety of sides, so you have plenty of options when it comes to serving and pairing.
One great option is to keep things simple by serving garlic bread alongside the pasta. The crispy, garlicky bread perfectly complements the creamy sauce and juicy chicken, making for a satisfying meal that won’t leave you feeling too full.
If you’re looking for something more vegetable-forward, consider pairing the pasta primavera with a light salad. A mix of greens, cherry tomatoes, and sliced cucumbers dressed with a simple vinaigrette can add some freshness to the dish without overwhelming it. You could also toss in some roasted vegetables like bell peppers or zucchini to add some nutrition and a pop of color.
For those who prefer something heartier, consider serving the pasta with a side of roasted potatoes or grilled vegetables. The added protein from the chicken makes this dish filling enough for a main course, but these sides will help give it some extra substance without stealing the show.
Finally, if you’re entertaining guests or just want to impress yourself, pair your chicken pasta primavera with a bottle of white wine. A crisp Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc would complement the creamy sauce nicely and bring a touch of elegance to your meal.
No matter how you choose to serve or pair your chicken pasta primavera, one thing is sure – this dish is bound to be a crowd pleaser!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Life can be unpredictable, and sometimes you need to make a meal ahead of time or store leftovers for later. The good news? This Chicken and Pasta Primavera recipe is a great candidate for both! Here are my tips for making this dish ahead of time, storing it, and reheating it to perfection.
To Make-Ahead: If you plan on serving this dish later, you can prepare the pasta and chicken separately and store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble everything. Be sure to store the cooked pasta in an airtight container with a little bit of oil to prevent sticking. The chicken should be stored in a separate container also keeping it sealed tight. When you’re ready to serve, simply heat everything up separately, then mix together with the Primavera sauce.
To Store: If you have leftover Chicken and Pasta Primavera that you want to save for another day, let it cool down first, then transfer it into an airtight container or plastic wrap. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to three days, or even freeze it for several weeks! Just be sure to thaw it properly before reheating.
To Reheat: I recommend reheating this dish on the stove or microwave rather than the oven as this will help prevent the pasta from drying out. Simply place your desired portions in a bowl (add a splash of water if using the microwave), cover with a lid or plastic wrap, then microwave (on high) for 1-2 minutes or heat the skillet on medium-high heat stirring occasionally till hot. Before serving, give it a quick stir and add additional cheese if desired.
Overall, with proper handling, storing and reheating can be just as delicious as when the dish is freshly cooked. Enjoy!
Tips for Perfect Results
When it comes to cooking chicken and pasta primavera, there are a few tips I like to keep in mind to ensure that the dish turns out perfectly. Below are some of my tried and true tips for making a scrumptious chicken and pasta primavera.
Firstly, when adding the chicken to the skillet, make sure that the skillet is hot enough so that the chicken browns properly. This browning step not only adds color but also flavor to the chicken. It is important not to overcrowd the pan while cooking; otherwise, the chicken will steam rather than brown. You may need to cook the chicken in batches for this reason.
Another key factor in making the perfect chicken and pasta primavera is timing. To ensure that both the chicken and pasta are cooked to perfection at the same time, it is important to read the package directions carefully when cooking pasta.
Additionally, don’t forget about seasoning! Chicken can be bland when not seasoned properly, so don’t be shy when it comes to using salt, pepper, garlic powder or lemon pepper seasoning. A great herb seasoning mix can also add an unexpected twist of flavor.
Lastly, don’t be afraid of getting creative with your substitutions and variations! Pasta primavera has endless possibilities of additions such as roasted vegetables like bell peppers or zucchini, a cashew sauce instead of creamy parmesan sauce or even replacing chicken with chickpeas for a vegan pasta dish.
By following these tips, your chicken and pasta primavera will come out impeccably every single time. Trust me – your taste buds will thank you!
As you embark on the journey of making this delicious chicken and pasta primavera, it is normal to have a few questions. In this section, I will address some of the most frequently asked questions about the recipe. From how to store and reheat leftovers to possible ingredient substitutions, these answers are here to help you make a perfect dish that meets your needs and preferences. So, let’s dive in!
What is primavera sauce made of?
If you’re in the mood for a simple yet delectable pasta dish, consider making a pasta primavera sauce. This sauce is made by blending chicken broth, parmesan cheese, cream, salt, pepper, and basil together. Alternatively, you can skip the sauce entirely and instead toss your pasta with a bit of olive oil or melted butter, freshly grated parmesan cheese, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. This will still give you a tasty and satisfying meal.
What does Primavera mean in cooking?
The term “primavera” in Italian cuisine is commonly associated with fresh vegetables and the spring season.
How many calories are in a chicken pasta Primavera?
The nutritional value of one serving of this dish amounts to 451 calories, with 41.8 grams of protein, 44.9 grams of carbohydrates, and 12.1 grams of fat. Furthermore, it contains 8.8 grams of dietary fiber and 9 grams of sugars. The saturated fat levels account for 2.8 grams, while the cholesterol content is at 88.2 milligrams. Additionally, it offers a diverse range of essential vitamins and minerals such as 2589.9 IU of vitamin A, 158.2 milligrams of vitamin C, and 154.1 mcg of folate. The dish also contains significant amounts of magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron, with 81.5mg, 1183.5mg, 189.6mg, and 4.8mg, respectively. Its sodium content is at 527.2mg.
Does chicken go in pasta?
It’s a fact that chicken and pasta go hand in hand. If you’re looking to add some protein to your pasta dish, chicken is an excellent option. You can either cook the chicken alongside your pasta or place it on top of your grilled or sautéed chicken, which will turn your pasta dish into a hearty meal. Whether you opt for a creamy Alfredo or a tangy marinara, chicken adds that extra oomph to your pasta that makes it fulfilling and satisfying.
With this simple and tasty chicken and pasta primavera recipe, your guests will be amazed by your culinary skills. This dish is perfect for any occasion, be it a party or a family dinner. Its versatility allows for endless variations and substitutions, making it customizable to suit any taste. So go ahead, grab some herb seasoning mix, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, and vermouth, and let’s get cooking!
And to those who are hesitant to try this recipe out of fear of messing it up – don’t be! With the tips and recommendations provided in this article, you’re sure to achieve perfect results every time. And even if you do encounter some obstacles along the way, remember that cooking is an artform, and sometimes the best creations come from unexpected challenges.
So what are you waiting for? Go get your ingredients and start whipping up some chicken and pasta primavera goodness. Your taste buds (and your guests) will thank you for it!
Simple and Tasty Chicken and Pasta Primavera Recipe
- 1 -1 1/2 lb chicken, diced
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
- 2 tablespoons vermouth wine
- 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup (I used 98% fat free)
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vermouth
- 6 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon bacon bacon seasoning (from Tastefully Simple or use bacon bits)
- 1/2 tablespoon spinach and herb seasoning mix (from Tastefully Simple or Mrs. Dash)
- 1 (1 lb) bag california-blend frozen vegetables, frozen (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots)
- 1 lb cooked spaghetti, drained and unsalted
- Heat large skillet over Medium-High heat, add chicken and sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning. Stir to coat. Add wine and cook until chciken is no longer pink and wine has evaporated. Transfer to plate and keep warm.
- In the same skillet, add soups, milk, vermouth, parmesan, garlic powder, bacon bacon seasoning, spinach and herb seasoning and frozen veggies; stir to combine. Heat over Medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minites, stirring often.
- Stir chicken into mixture and cook untol hot and bubbly.
- Serve over spaghetti.
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