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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

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This Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta is a simple weeknight comfort food your entire family will love. Using roasted garlic gives this dish a gourmet feel while still being quick and easy for busy nights. 

 

Why you'll love this recipe:

  • This garlic parmesan chicken pasta recipe is easy to put together with minimal ingredients and pantry staples.
  • Make this dish once and reheat throughout the week for creamy delicious leftovers. 
  • Substitute chicken for other proteins to easily change the dish. 
  • Add zoodles and other vegetables to the pasta as desired.
  • Both kids and adults will love this recipe. 
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How to cut and roast garlic

Using a knife cut the top off the head of garlic leaving the protective leaf on. Drizzle with olive oil and place the bottom down on foil. Wrap the foil around like a heresy’s kiss and place it on a baking sheet in the oven. Roast the garlic for 30-40 minutes until the cloves are golden brown and your house smells like a gourmet kitchen. Remove the garlic from the foil and using a heat pan simply squeeze out the cloves. If the cloves to not pop right out nice and easy and soft then the garlic is not done roasting. Use the garlic in the sauce for this garlic parmesan chicken pasta. 

What other protein can I use?

This garlic parmesan chicken pasta uses chicken breast but you could also use thighs, steak, shrimp, sausage or even a ground meat. 

Is this good for meal prep?

Yes. Weigh your final pasta dish and divide by 6. Place into meal prep bowls and add the desired amount of protein to each bowl. This garlic parmesan chicken pasta is a great meal prep as it reheats well and stays nice and creamy. 

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Ingredients and Substitutes:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See recipe card below for full ingredients list and instructions for Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta. 

Chicken: this recipe uses chicken breast but you could also use thighs, steak, shrimp, sausage or ground meats. 

Penne Noodles: any style noodle will work with this recipe. Use your favorite. 

Garlic: if you do not want to roast the garlic you can add 2-4 minced cloves to the butter while making the sauce. Roasted garlic has a much more muted flavor than raw garlic so be sure not to add a full clove of raw garlic or you might have to sleep in the garage. 

Butter: butter adds great flavor to the sauce but you can substitute with ghee, olive oil or even coconut oil.

Half and Half: this recipe calls for fat free half and half. You can substitute with a 50/50 milk and cream, milk and cornstarch to make it thicker, heavy cream or full fat half and half. I would not recommend trying this with almond or coconut milk. 

All Purpose Flour: this recipe used 2 Tbsp. of all purpose flour to create the roux. You can use arrowroot powder or gluten free flour. 

Parmesan Cheese: I would not omit this one. The cheesiness of this sauce is perfect with just 1/4 cup. If you need extra cheese add it on top at the end.  

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How to make this garlic parmesan chicken pasta

Step 1: Roast the garlic

Leaving the garlic in tact cut the tip off so that the garlic is showing on the top. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap in foil. Place on a baking sheet with the cut side up and roast at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes until golden brown on the inside. 

Once the garlic is done roasting remove the garlic from the foil and squeeze out the roasted garlic cloves. Mash with the back of a fork and save for your sauce. 

Step 2: Cook the chicken

While the garlic roasts, pound the chicken breasts to 1/2″ thickness with a meat pounder. To avoid this step buy thinly cut chicken breast. 

Season the chicken with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and barbeque on medium heat until cooked through. Approximately 4-5 minutes on each side. You can also pan sear, air fry, use a indoor countertop grill or bake before or after your garlic.  

Step 3: Boil the pasta

When the garlic has approximately 10 minutes left of roasting time, start your water for your noodles. Cook noodles according to the package directions. 

Step 4: Make the sauce

Heat a large pan over medium and add the butter. Cook until melted. Once melted add the roasted garlic and simmer for one minute while stirring so the garlic does not burn. 

Add flour to the garlic butter mixture and mix together well to create your roux. 

Slowly add the half and half and whisk until the roux is completely mixed in. Simmer for a few minutes to thicken and remove from the heat. 

While the pan is off the heat add the cheese and whisk together until melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can also add a dash of nutmeg for extra flavor. 

Step 5: Combine and Serve

Add the cooked pasta noodles to the sauce and mix well to combine. Slice the cooked chicken into strips and add to the dish or serve on top. Top with fresh parsley for garnish. Enjoy your delicious and easy garlic parmesan chicken pasta.

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Nutrition Facts

This recipe makes 6 servings of Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta. You will need to measure your final cooked pasta dish and divide by the number or servings for the must accurate measurements per serving. 

Nutrition facts for pasta only: 264 calories 9 P / 43 C / 7 F 

Nutrition facts with 4 oz. (raw) chicken: 400 calories 35 P / 43 C / 10 F 

How to serve

You can serve this Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta by itself, with a side salad or roasted vegetables. 

If you like this recipe be sure to check out some of our other easy weeknight meals!

Yields 

6 servings 

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings
1.5 lbs. Chicken Breast, raw
10 oz. Penne Pasta, uncooked
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Creamy Roasted Garlic Sauce
1 head roasted garlic
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
1 1/3 cup fat free Half and Half
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
1/4 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Nutritional Information

Total servings: 6
400 Calories
10 Fat (g)
43 Carbs (g)
35 Protein (g)
177 Sodium (mg)

Directions

1.

Roast the garlic

Leaving the garlic in tact cut the tip off so that the garlic is showing on the top. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap in foil. Place on a baking sheet with the cut side up and roast at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes until golden brown on the inside.
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For the chicken

While the garlic roasts, pound the chicken breasts to 1/2" thickness with a meat pounder. To avoid this step buy thinly cut chicken breast.
Season the chicken with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and barbeque on medium heat until cooked through. Approximately 4-5 minutes on each side. You can also pan sear, air fry, use a indoor countertop grill or bake before or after your garlic.
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3.

Pasta & Sauce

When the garlic has approximately 10 minutes left of roasting time, start your water for your noodles. Cook noodles according to the package directions.
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Remove the garlic from the foil and squeeze out the roasted garlic cloves. Mash with the back of a fork and save for your sauce.
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5.

For the sauce

Heat a large pan over medium and add the butter. Cook until melted. Once melted add the roasted garlic and simmer for one minute while stirring so the garlic does not burn.
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Add flour to the garlic butter mixture and mix together well to create your roux.
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Slowly add the half and half and whisk until the roux is completely mixed in. Simmer for a few minutes to thicken and remove from the heat.
While the pan is off the heat add the cheese and whisk together until melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can also add a dash of nutmeg for extra flavor.
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Add the cooked pasta noodles to the sauce and mix well to combine.
Slice the cooked chicken into strips and add to the dish or serve on top. Top with fresh parsley for garnish. Enjoy your delicious and easy garlic parmesan chicken pasta.
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3 Comments

  • Christy Heaslip

    Absolutely delicious!! Made it tonight and my 19 year old daughter’s boyfriend ate three servings. Will definitely be making it again and again! Yet another winner 😋

  • Jackie

    This pasta was outstanding! It was very flavorful and quick to make. My entire family including 2 toddlers loved it!

  • Robin

    Every single recipe I’ve tried from your site has been terrific and this is no exception! Thank you so much !!

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