Supper Solutions: Chicken and Pasta

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 Chicken

    Pesto Fettuccine with Chicken

    A 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.
  • Speedy Spaghetti with Chicken and Fresh Tomato

    Speedy Spaghetti with Chicken and Fresh Tomato

    Instead 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.
  • Cajun Chicken Pasta
    Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Cajun Chicken Pasta

    One 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 Tenderloins with Spiced Tomato Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Penne and Chicken with Spiced Tomato Sauce

    Get 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 Farfalle
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle

    Combine 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 Primavera
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Pasta Primavera

    Celebrate 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.
  • Chicken Fettuccine with Mushroom Brie
    Leigh Beisch

    Chicken Fettuccine with Mushroom Brie

    Decadently 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 Chicken
    Photo: Charles Schiller; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Creamy Lemon Pasta with Chicken

    If 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 Chicken
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr and Lindsey Lower

    Garden Alfredo with Chicken

    Fresh vegetables shine in this super creamy pasta recipe for Garden Alfredo with Chicken.
  • Chicken Marsala Tetrazzini
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Chicken Marsala Tetrazzini

    This 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 and Mushrooms in Garlic White Wine Sauce
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Chicken and Mushrooms in Garlic Sauce

    Put 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 Cucumbers
    Photo: Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Cold Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Cucumbers

    Dig 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
    Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

    Fajita Chicken Pasta

    "My son is in the Army, and he requests this dish whenever he comes home."Trisha Banis, 70, Sebring, Fla.
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