Both chicken and pasta are mainstays in the busy cook's kitchen. These recipes combine the two for perfectly pleasing weeknight meals.
Pesto Fettuccine with ChickenA jar of pesto is the secret ingredient in this colorful pasta dish. And you can make it with any type of pasta you have on hand.
A handheld Microplane grater makes it easy to add fresh Parmesan flavor.
Speedy Spaghetti with Chicken and Fresh TomatoInstead of a long-simmering tomato sauce, this quick spaghetti dish is tossed with a savory mixture of chopped chicken and fresh tomato and topped with crumbled goat cheese and fresh basil.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with SpaghettiSpend 20 minutes in the kitchen prepping this gorgeous, hearty sauce. Once the sauce simmers in the cooker, all that's left to do is cook a pound of pasta, and serve.
Cajun Chicken PastaOne easy way to kick up the flavor in a dish is to add Cajun seasoning. Here, the seasoning is sprinkled on the chicken strips before they're sautéed and tossed into the linguine-vegetable mixture.
Penne and Chicken with Tomato SauceGet dinner on the table pronto with a satisfying pasta tossed with a mixture of sautéed chicken, canned tomatoes, white wine, and dried herbs. While the pasta's cooking, you can toss a green salad and toast some bread to round out your meal.
Grilled Chicken and Pesto FarfalleCombine char-grilled chicken, a creamy sauce made with jarred pesto, low-fat milk, and half-and-half, and bow-tie pasta to get an amazing creamy pasta main dish that's great for last-minute company.
Pasta PrimaveraCelebrate spring with a pasta dish brimming with baby carrots, green peas, fresh basil and parsley. It's lightly sauced with a mixture of whipping cream and dry white wine.
Grilled Chicken and Soba Noodles with Miso VinaigretteThe vinaigrette doubles as a sauce for the noodles and a glaze before the chicken hits the grill. The noodle mixture and the chicken can be made a couple of days ahead.
Chicken Fettuccine with Mushroom BrieDecadently rich, this fettuccine dish boasts big flavor because the pasta is cooked in a mixture of whipping cream and wine and then tossed with cubes of brie cheese. The cheese melts, creating a luscious "sauce" that coats the pasta.
Creamy Lemon Pasta with ChickenIf you have leftover chicken, toss together this quick recipe for Creamy Lemon Pasta with Chicken. Feel free to vary the veggies for what you have on hand.
Garden Alfredo with ChickenFresh vegetables shine in this super creamy pasta recipe for Garden Alfredo with Chicken.
Chicken Marsala TetrazziniThis hearty chicken dish is the epitome of a comfort food classic. It doesn't get better than chicken marsala, spaghetti noodles, and fresh veggies.
Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair PastaBe sure to use a dry white wine for this recipe.
Chicken Chili Mac and CheeseMix in these extra ingredients to put a nice twist on the classic macaroni and cheese recipe.
Chicken and Mushrooms in Garlic SaucePut this Chicken and Mushrooms in Garlic White Wine Sauce recipe together in less than 25 minutes, probably without a trip to the store. It's adaptable to your pantry--if you don't have egg noodles, use another kind of pasta, and if you're out of tarragon, try basil, oregano, or thyme.
Cold Sesame Noodles with Chicken and CucumbersDig into a simple end-of-summer pasta toss loaded with chicken, cucumbers, and peanuts. We use dried udon noodles; if using fresh noodles, you'll need about 11 ounces.
Fajita Chicken Pasta"My son is in the Army, and he requests this dish whenever he comes home."Trisha Banis, 70, Sebring, Fla.