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Chicken Garlic Pasta

This super-easy garlic chicken pasta is easy to make and big on flavor. Sautéed chicken breast, onions, and garlic combined with penne pasta, tomatoes, spices, and cheese.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Easy Garlic Chicken Pasta, Garlic Chicken Pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 445kcal
Author: Karrie


  • 3 tbsps olive oil divided
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 lb raw boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped (white or yellow)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded


  • Preheat large skillet to medium high heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and butter.
  • Once butter has melted add chicken pieces, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and cook for about 15 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add the rest of the olive oil and onions and cook until translucent, about 5 or 6 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, uncooked pasta, crushed red pepper flakes and cooked chicken pieces. Stir and bring to a boil.
  • Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  • Stir in half & half and mozzarella cheese.
  • Remove from heat and let stand about 10 minutes for sauce to thicken. Enjoy!


  • Let cool completely. Pour into disposable pan, cover with foil and place in the freezer.


  • Preheat oven to 350˚ and bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until heated through.


  • Use a disposable aluminum foil baking pan to freeze this recipe. It allows you to fill your freezer with delicious meals without holding your favorite baking pans hostage.
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative and sub-in your favorite pasta. 
  • If you like more heat in your meals, don’t add more pepper flakes. Add some cayenne pepper as the chicken broth is heating up.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 691mg | Potassium: 662mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 391IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 2mg