Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

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4.56 from 9 votes
Everyone loves a warm inviting pasta bake but baked ziti just gets so boring! So I created an amazing alternative, my Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta.
Prep: 8 minutes
Cook: 22 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta in white dish with green check napkin

This Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta is pure comfort food.  It’s warm, inviting and ready in 30 minutes! 

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta bake in a white bowl with a plaid napkin

All the ingredients in this Garlic Parmesan Chicken go together in the perfect marriage of flavor and taste. They are as synonymous as peanut butter and jelly. It truly is one of those perfect go to comfort meals that make everyone happy and satisfied. The best part is this meal can be made in under 30 minutes.

Why this Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta Bake Works.

The recipe is easy and delicious. It is great for family or Pot Luck Main Dishes. The real key to this Easy Chicken Casserole is its versatility.You can use chicken or turkey or Beef. You can use a variety of different cheeses and vegetables.

I went to a recent Pot Luck Dinner and was asked to bring a gluten free option. So I made this dish with a Gluten Free Pasta. The diners that ate it didn’t even know that the pasta was gluten free but the people who needed that option where ecstatic.

How to Make this Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta – Step by Step

  • Step One: First, preheat oven to 425 degrees then prepare pasta according to directions. (Photo 1 below)
  • Step Two: Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan melt one tablespoon butter and then add garlic cooking for about 30 seconds. Next, stir in flour and cook and stir continuously for one minute. (Photo 2 below)
  • Step Three: Then gradually add half and half to pan while whisking until mixture is slightly thickened and bubbly.
    (Photo 3 below)

Step by step instructions for making Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta bake

  • Step Four: Next, shred chicken and add to sauce. I use a rotisserie chicken. (Photo 1 below)
  • Step Five:  Then add the peas and cheese cook until heated through. Next, add your cooked pasta.(Photo 2 below)
  • Step Six: Finally, to make crumb topping place bread into food processor and pulse until bread is becomes course crumbs. Next put crumbs into bowl and toss with a tablespoon melted butter. Then pour mixture into casserole dish and then cover with prepared bread crumbs. Lastly, bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until topping browns. (Photo 3 below)

Step by step instructions for making Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta bake

Recommendations for Making this Easy Chicken Casserole

This meal comes together very quickly because I use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. It is one of those super easy conveniences that makes this dinner come together so fast.

However, you can use leftover chicken, chicken breasts, or even chicken thighs to make this a quick and economical meal for your family meal or a fabulous Potluck dinner.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta in white casserole dish with green check napkin

 Can I Freeze the Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Yes you can freeze your casserole in a pan or zip lock bags. Just make sure to mark them with what is inside, the date you froze it and even how to reheat it so you wont have to guess later.

Remove the casserole from the freezer and place into the refrigerator about 24 hours before cooking. Preheat oven and bake casserole loosely covered with foil as directed.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta bake in a glass bowl

Expert Tips for Making the Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta.

  • Experiment with Pasta: Try making with a gluten free pasta, whole grain pasta,  or even riced cauliflower.
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd. Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • Use your Favorite Vegetables: If your kids don’t like peas, try Broccoli, Leeks or Mushrooms
  • Mix up the Cheese: Is there ever really enough cheese? Try adding your favorite Italian Blend of  Cheeses or mix the Parmesan with a Gruyere or your other favorite cheese.

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta in white dish with green check napkin

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

4.6 from 9 votes
Everyone loves a warm inviting pasta bake but baked ziti just gets so boring! So I created an amazing alternative, my Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta.
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Servings: 6 people
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 3/4 cups half-and-half - cream or milk
  • 2 cups shredded chicken - I used a rotisserie chicken I bought at the grocery store
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 slices white or wheat bread - torn
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Prepare pasta according to directions
  • Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan melt one tablespoon butter and then add garlic cooking for about 30 seconds
  • Stir in flour and cook and stir continuously for one minute
  • Gradually add milk to pan while stirring until mixture is slightly thickened and bubbly
  • Stir in chicken, peas and cheese cook until heated through
  • Add in pasta and stir until well combined
  • To make crumb topping place bread into food processor and pulse until bread is becomes course crumbs
  • Put crumbs into bowl and toss with a tablespoon melted butter
  • Pour mixture into casserole dish and then cover with prepared bread crumbs Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until topping browns

Expert Tips

  • Experiment with Pasta: Try making with a gluten free pasta, whole grain pasta, or even riced cauliflower.
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd. Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • Use your Favorite Vegetables: If your kids don't like peas, try Broccoli, Leeks or Mushrooms
  • Mix up the Cheese: Is there ever really enough cheese? Try adding your favorite Italian Blend of Cheeses or mix the Parmesan with a Gruyere or your other favorite cheese.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 3319kcal | Carbohydrates: 410g | Protein: 157g | Fat: 112g | Saturated Fat: 55g | Cholesterol: 364mg | Sodium: 2316mg | Potassium: 2226mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 3550IU | Vitamin C: 67mg | Calcium: 1683mg | Iron: 13.6mg

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17 thoughts on “Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta”

  1. 1 star
    Cook coveted for how long? This was the worst recipe, super dry. I should have known better than to try during quarantine for Covid-19. What a waste of food we’re trying to get the most out of. Family of 5 totally disappointed.

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  2. 5 stars
    This turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing such a delicious and easy meal that my whole family loved!

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  3. Be nice if you checked comments, since all 3 mention omission of flour in ingred list. Since I’m not a great cook, I’ll have to skip this one. I seriously doubt you meant 1oz box pasta, either, but that the ’16’ at end should be box size (?)

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  4. Hi Ladies! I’m Susanne a contributor here at It Is a Keeper and the author of this recipe. I’ve noticed a couple of you have asked about the amount of flour in this recipe. There is no flour in this recipe. It doesn’t require a rue, the cheese sauce is made by combining garlic with melted parmesan. I hope that you’ve tried this recipe and enjoyed it. If you haven’t I hope you will. It’s a fantastic recipe. Thanks for visiting It Is A Keeper!

    Susanne

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    • In step 4. “Stir in flour and cook and stir continuously for one minute”. Since there is not a mention of the flour measurement, then I suppose you need to edit and omit this step from your recipe because it makes the recipe confusing.
      Thanks.

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  5. The recipe sound really good and it’s very similar to my Creamy Parmesan Chicken Penne Pasta with garlic & steamed broccoli. I think my kids would really love this one too & ease of preperation is a big bonus for me.
    *I do have one comment on the recipe though, you left out the amount of flour used for the roux in your white sauce base. I could guess are they amount but would hate to ruin it if I’m wrong. Please try to add the amount of flour needed so I can give this yummy sounding casserole a try. Thank you!

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    • Oops meant I could guess about the amount of flour needed. Hope that I didn’t confuse you. Sorry about that, you gotta love auto correct.

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  6. Dish was good. Nothing I’d change. Ingredient missing from list. No mention of flour in listing. Luckily, I guessed right.

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    • Approximately how much flour did you use? Since she doesn’t have a flour measurement in her ingredients you could post your own version of this recipe on here ????

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      • 2 tablespoons…I just updated the recipe with the correct measurements. Thank you for pointing that out 🙂

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