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One Pot Creamy Garlic Chicken and Veggie Pasta

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Hey there, friends! I’ve got One Pot Creamy Garlic Chicken and Veggie Pasta on the menu for ya to make as soon as humanly possible this week. It’s filled with chicken, corn, broccoli, carrots, and finished off with a dreamy alfredo-like sauce. As always, lightened up just enough for ya!

I don’t know about y’all, but this mama is all about the One Pot Pastas lately. One time, long ago, I found an old piece of paper crumpled up inside my mom’s recipe collection. It was called “Girl Scout Spaghetti.” Essentially it was regular old spaghetti except made in one pot, and the recipe was written to be cooked over a campfire. It sounded so delicious, I just had to try it out! And that’s the story of how I randomly discovered, and fell in love with, the “one pot method.” Ain’t it cute? By the way, if you happen to be wonderin’, yes I sure was a daisy, a brownie, and then a girl scout, but don’t ask me how to start a fire or tie a knot or sew or anything of the sort. I don’t know how to do that kind of stuff, but I can make eggs and bacon in a paper bag over a camp fire and my love for thin mints is very real.

 Back to the reason I’m writing this for ya today, I started making my One Pot Spaghetti Dinner years ago, because of that lil ol’ piece of paper. And then one day, it just kind of clicked- like, “Hey! I can make a lot of different pasta dishes this way. Duh!” It all began with my One Pot Alfredo Pasta with Bacon and Peas, and since then I’ve created a few others. But this One Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta with Chicken and Veggies just might be a masterpiece!

I’ve been making Pepper a lil somethin’ like this for months now, because she loves a good ol’ box of mac and cheese (probably a little too much), and I’m trying to- you know- broaden her horizons… as much as one can do with a three year old’s palette. I decided that I needed to make it for this here blog because she loves this so much! And as a huge bonus, it’s loaded with good veggies, and it’s lightened up just enough for me to enjoy without any guilt! Eric just so happens to be a huge fan too, which makes this lady happy. If I can get a healthy dinner done that everyone will love, and it’s all in one pot… well folks, I just feel really good about that. I think all of ya busy mamas and daddies, and anyone else who just doesn’t have lots of time for dishes but loves to cook (or just eat), will really appreciate this deliciously dreamy one pot pasta.

So let’s get in the kitchen! Okay? Okay!

Wait, one more thing. You’ll need to have a large pot or skillet with a tight fitting lid. I stress the word need. 

You can grab the trusty skillet that I adore on amazon right here just incase you want to be like me. Haha! But really, any pot/skillet with a tight fitting lid will do. 

First things first. Grab some frozen corn, broccoli, and carrots! Let’m sit in a bowl while you get everything else ready to go. They’ll thaw naturally just a bit before adding them into the pasta.

(Yes, you sure can use fresh veggies. If you do, I would blanch the carrots before adding them into the pasta at the end. Because they will take quite a while to cook, and you risk overcooking the pasta and other veggies.)

Now grab some raw chicken, cut it into small bite-sized pieces, and dust it with kosher salt. Then finish it off with some pepper.

Over medium-high heat, warm up 2 teaspoons of olive oil, and cook the chicken in the skillet until lightly browned (about 5-6 minutes total), stirring every once in a while. It doesn’t need to be cooked completely, because it’ll be cooking with everything else as time goes on.

While the chicken is cookin’, mince up about 6 cloves of garlic.

When the chicken chunks are good to go, throw in the minced garlic and cook until it’s fragrant.

(’bout 30-40 seconds.)

Then, add your dry pasta!

Followed by 3 cups’a chicken stock. (Veggie works too!)

Now a couple more pinches of kosher salt and a lil freshly cracked pepper!

Then pop the lid on the skillet. Bring’r to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and let the pasta cook for about 12 minutes (or until noodles are tender).

While you’ve got your pasta cooking, put about 1.5 tablespoons of Corn Starch into a small bowl.

Add in 1 tablespoon of water. Whisk it together well with a fork, and set it aside.

Remember that bowl’a frozen veggies? Grab the broccoli and just cut it up into smaller chunks. If your broccoli is already on the smaller side, just disregard this step. The particular brand of frozen broccoli that I always get just happens to be kind of large- I cut it up a bit before adding it in to dishes like this, so it spreads out evenly in the pot and steams a bit faster.

Now, throw all those goodies in, okay? The broccoli, the corn, and the carrots! Stir’m in real good.

Aaaand pop the cover on again for just a few minutes to let the veggies steam up a bit.

Add in one and a quarter cups of half and half, and a quarter cup’a grated Parmesan cheese.  Bring to a gentle boil.

Remember your lil’ slurry? You need it now. Give it a quick whisk with the fork, because the corn starch has probably settled a bit after setting there for a few minutes.

Add the slurry into your lightly boiling pasta mixture and then stir frequently until the sauce thickens (about 3-5 minutes). Add some Lawry’s seasoned salt, 1/2 teaspoon or to taste.

And that’s it friends, we’re done!

I told ya it was creamy and dreamy!

And so colorful…

And so yummy!

Make this up riiiiight nowwww!!

(oh and don’t forget to let me know how it goes!)

With love from my kitchen to yours,

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One Pot Creamy Pasta with Chicken and Vegetables

A family friendly, quick, and easy one pot pasta filled with garlic, pasta, and vegetables, and finished off with a to die for creamy sauce. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Yield: 6
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish

Materials

  • 1 lb chicken breast, raw cut into small bite size pieces and sprinkled with kosher salt and pepper
  • 3 cups broccoli frozen
  • cups corn frozen
  • 2 cups carrots frozen
  • 6 cloves garlic minced (about two tablespoons)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt extra to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 7 oz (dry) bowtie pasta
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • cups half and half
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 tsp Lawry’s Seasoned Salt or to taste.

Slurry

  • tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water

Instructions

  • Remove frozen vegetables from freezer and let thaw naturally in a bowl while prepping the other ingredients. 
  • Heat a large skillet or pot with a tight fitting lid over medium-high heat and heat 2 tsp olive oil. Add diced chicken breast to hot pan and cook until lightly browned and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • When the chicken is cooked, add minced garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add dry pasta, chicken broth, and salt and pepper. Cover. Bring to a boil and then return to simmer. Let pasta cook, covered, for about 12 minutes or until noodles are tender. 
  • While the pasta is cooking:
    Make Slurry by adding 1.5 tbsp of cornstarch and 1 tbsp of water to a small bowl and whisking it with a fork until combined well.  Set aside.
    Cut broccoli into smaller pieces if they are large. 
  • When the pasta is done cooking add slightly thawed vegetables into the pot, cover again, and let them cook for just a few minutes or until warmed through.
  • Stir in half and half and parmesan cheese. Bring to a gentle boil and add slurry. Continue to stir together for a few minutes until thickened. Season with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and Pepper to taste. Enjoy! 

Notes

Serving size: 1 & 3/4 cups.
410 calories. 10g fat, 5g saturated fat, 37g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 3g sugar, 38g protein 
WeightWatchers Points: 8 Points

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67 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this for the second time tonight and it was so freakin’ good!! Plus it’s so easy to throw together on a week night! Thanks for doing the hard work and putting your fantastic recipes together for all to enjoy, Star!

  2. 5 stars
    So delish! 2nd time I made it and I opted to omit the chicken just to change it up to a veggie recipe and it was just as good! Question – is this freezer friendly?

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