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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta in white dish with green check napkin
4.12 from 9 votes

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute recipe, casserole, chicken
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 3319kcal
Author: Christina Hitchcock


  • 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


  • 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
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  • 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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