February 2, 2015

30-Minute Garlic Parmesan Pasta with Crispy Chicken

 This pasta dish is super delicious.  I timed myself and it took me 25 minutes from start to finish to have this dish on my plate.  Can we all say perfect dish for a weeknight?

Once again, I used my absolute favorite Tyson Panko Crusted Frozen Chicken Tenders.  They take 20 minutes in the oven and are juicy, crispy and super tasty.  I pretty much use them ALL THE TIME, like in these Chicken Parmesan Crescents and on this Chicken Parmesan Flatbread Pizza and this Crispy Chicken and Roasted Garlic Flatbread Pizza.

The chicken baked while I boiled pasta and prepared the sauce.  If you don't want to use crispy chicken tenders, you could always add shredded rotisserie chicken instead.

I served my Garlic Parmesan Breadtwists on the side and dipped them in the thick and creamy pasta sauce.  I could not get enough.  I'm even making it again this week for dinner.    
30-Minute Garlic Parmesan Pasta with Crispy Chicken
From:  Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

4-5 Tyson Panko Crusted Chicken Tenders, cooked
3/4 Lb (12 oz.) - 1 Lb. (16 oz.) penne pasta, 
   depending on how saucy you want the pasta to be
2 Tbl. unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbl. all-purpose flour
1 c. low-sodium chicken broth
1 c. milk
1/4 tsp. white pepper, opt.
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
chopped green onions, for garnish, opt.

Cook chicken tenders according to package directions.  Cook the pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in the flour, one Tablespoon at a time, until a thick paste forms.  Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently.  

Slowly add the chicken broth and milk, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Add the white pepper and black pepper. Continue to cook until thickened, whisking occasionally.  Last, whisk in the Parmesan cheese.  Stir in the cooked pasta.  Serve with cooked, sliced, chicken and garnish with green onions. Serves: 4

Jenn's Notes: I like my pasta dishes to be a little saucier, so I only added about 3/4 Lb. of pasta.

Slightly adapted from: The Baker Upstairs


  1. Oooh how have I had not heard about those chicken strips?! They look amazing, and so easy! And with all that creamy, cheesy, garlicky pasta?! Oh ya. Pinned.

    1. They are my fave, I get them at Costco. Thanks for the pin :)

  2. Yum! This looks fantastic. I'm going to have to track down those chicken strips at my Costco! Lord knows I could eat pasta every day :)

    1. Yes, find those chicken strips! Thanks :)

  3. This looks amazing! I am all about quick and easy meals :)

  4. Oh dear God, this sounds heavenly. I will have to adapt it for Weight Watchers tho. but I so need to make this & eat it!

  5. I don't have a Costco membership and could not find the Panko chicken strip at my local grocery store so I am substituting with Italian seasoned lightly breaded chicken strips.