Creamy Chicken Asparagus Penne Pasta

This Creamy Chicken Asparagus Penne Pasta is filled with fresh veggies and tender pasta in a light and creamy sauce! Another easy weeknight dinner recipe!

This Creamy Chicken Asparagus Penne Pasta is a marvelous dinner recipe that’s filled to the brim with fresh veggies and tender pasta in a light and creamy sauce.

This Creamy Chicken Asparagus Penne Pasta is filled with fresh veggies and tender pasta in a light and creamy sauce! Another easy weeknight dinner recipe!

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A couple weeks ago I was in Las Vegas at a conference, learning all the things, but really just wanting to eat all the things. One evening we went to Yard House, right by the Quad hotel on the strip and I ordered their Chicken Penne.

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It was filled with tender chicken, fresh asparagus and was tossed in a deliciously creamy sauce.

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it… so I made my own version!

This Creamy Chicken Asparagus Penne Pasta is filled with fresh veggies and tender pasta in a light and creamy sauce! Another easy weeknight dinner recipe!

I cut up pieces of chicken thighs for this recipe, but chicken breast would also work.

I tossed the chicken pieces with salt, pepper, garlic powder and a little paprika, then cooked them up in a hot skillet.

This Creamy Chicken Asparagus Penne Pasta is filled with fresh veggies and tender pasta in a light and creamy sauce! Another easy weeknight dinner recipe!

Next I took the chicken out of the skillet and tossed in loads of fresh cut veggies.

Asparagus was the main player, but sliced mushrooms, diced bell pepper and onion also made their way in there.

This Creamy Chicken Asparagus Penne Pasta is filled with fresh veggies and tender pasta in a light and creamy sauce! Another easy weeknight dinner recipe!

While the pasta was cooking, and after the chicken and veggies were already cooked, I made a quick creamy sauce in the same skillet.

I love making sauces in the same skillet that the food has been cooked in. It brings all the flavors together!

This Creamy Chicken Asparagus Penne Pasta is filled with fresh veggies and tender pasta in a light and creamy sauce! Another easy weeknight dinner recipe!

Once you add all the pasta, veggies and chicken back into the pan with the creamy sauce, just give it a few stirs to coat and get heated through.

You’re going to love this delicious dish!

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Yields serves 6 to 8

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Ingredients

  • 1 (12oz) package penne pasta, uncooked
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 4 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded parmesan
  • chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile season the diced chicken thighs with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Cook chicken in skillet, until browned and cooked through, transfer chicken to a plate to keep warm.
  3. To the same skillet add 1 tbsp olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the veggies and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp tender (about 3 to 5 minutes). Remove veggies from skillet to the plate with the chicken and keep warm.
  4. Add the last tbsp of olive oil to the skillet along with 4 tbsp of butter, over medium heat. Use a spoon or whisk to scrap up any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet (that's extra flavor!). Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and flour, whisk until mixture is thickened and smooth. Slowly pour in the milk and chicken broth, whisking continuously until the liquid is added. Finally add in the parmesan cheese and whisk until smooth and creamy.
  5. Add the chicken and veggies back to the pan as well as the cooked pasta. Stir to combine and coat evenly with sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy!
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This Creamy Chicken Asparagus Penne Pasta is filled with fresh veggies and tender pasta in a light and creamy sauce! Another easy weeknight dinner recipe!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
11 Responses
  1. San
    I've made this twice already, used chicken breast. Tonight I made it with broccoli and peppers and onions. And we ate it like a stew or soup. It's really really good. I don't like mushrooms so nobody gets them. LOL And I don't use 1 1/2 cups of cheese either and it's plenty. Thanks for a great recipe
  2. LaDawn Lawrence
    Thank you for a great recipe for asparagus! When it's in season like now I want to have it every day! Heading out to the store right now for ingredients... Xoxo
  3. Krista
    Made this last night for the guys who thought we should ax the idea and order pizza instead. Well, they LOVED it, there are NO leftovers. This recipe will be on rotation in our house from now on.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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