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This easy Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta is quick and simple to make and perfect for nights when you need a cheesy pasta fix!

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta Dinner for Two

This easy Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta is quick and simple to make and perfect for nights when you need a cheesy pasta fix!

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 to 3 servings
Calories 585 kcal
Author Tracy

Ingredients

Chicken and Pasta

  • 1 small (8oz) boneless skinless chicken breast pounded to an even thickness
  • Salt and pepper
  • Italian seasoning*
  • 6 oz fettuccine
  • 1 cup chopped asparagus (1-inch pieces) woody ends trimmed

Alfredo Sauce

  • 1/4 cup (2oz) butter
  • 1 cup half and half*
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup (2oz) shredded Parmesan cheese plus more for topping

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle both sides of your chicken breast with salt, pepper, and a little Italian seasoning. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Grease with cooking spray or a drizzle of your favorite cooking oil and place chicken in the pan. Cook each side for 4 to 8 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer reads 160°F. Transfer your chicken to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.

  2. While your chicken breast is cooking, place a medium pot of lightly salted water on to boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions. In the last 3 to 5 minutes of cooking time, add asparagus to the water. Drain and set aside.

  3. While your pasta cooks, in a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add half and half, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until sauce is reduced and slightly thickened. Do not allow to come to a full boil. Stir in Parmesan until melted and pour over noodles and asparagus. Transfer pasta mixture to bowls.

  4. Immediately chop or slice chicken breast--if it has cooled significantly, you can stir it into the hot pasta and sauce, otherwise, serve over the top of your pasta.
  5. Top with more Parmesan if desired and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*If you don't have Italian seasoning, you can use a little basil and oregano.

*To substitute for half and half, combine 1/3 cup heavy cream and 2/3 cup milk. For a richer, heavier sauce, you can use all heavy cream.

Approximate nutritional information is for 3 servings.