Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

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This Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta uses just a handful of ingredients, but it’s full of creamy, garlicky deliciousness! Using rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken or easy chicken in the air fryer, this dish comes together in less than 30 minutes!

Looking for more easy pasta dishes? Try my Instant Pot Chicken Penne Pasta, Easy Chicken Ground Turkey Pasta, or Cheesy Baked Bechamel Pasta.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta in a bowl.

Pasta and chicken have got to be two of my family’s most-devoured foods! So when I can put them together, it’s always a hit! And it’s even better when I can use leftover roast chicken to bulk it up with protein and save time in the kitchen. Sounds like a win-win to me!

One thing I do to make weeknight meals a breeze is to get a rotisserie chicken, shred it over the weekend, and use it for recipes throughout the week. Or, I’ll cook up a few frozen chicken breasts in the air fryer or this perfect baked chicken, which are both super easy!

Want to totally amp up the flavor in this pasta dish?! Use this blackened chicken recipe – it’s so mouthwatering, so divine, and so perfect in this Parmesan garlic chicken pasta dish.

A few of my go-to dishes using cooked chicken are of course, this easy chicken pasta recipe, but also these Buffalo Chicken Rice Bowls , Creamy Enchilada Skillet, and my super easy Chicken Broccoli Lasagna!

This creamy garlic parmesan pasta will become a quick family favorite! The cream sauce is rich and flavorful but NOT heavy or thick (the chicken stock helps to cut through some of the richness!). You can leave out the chicken, too, and it makes a great side dish or small pasta course!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • QUICK AND EASY- This recipe comes together with just a handful of ingredients and minimum cooking time. You’ll love how effortless it comes together.
  • USE LEFTOVER ROAST CHICKEN – This recipe is a great way to use up leftover roast chicken or store-bought rotisserie chicken.
  • FLAVOR FLAVOR FLAVOR! – Basic ingredients come together to make a super flavorful dish that the whole family will love.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this delicious Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta:

INGREDIENT NOTES

Chicken: I like having pre-cooked chicken on hand like rotisserie chicken or these easy Air Fryer Chicken Breasts to help this meal come together super quickly! You can also cook perfect chicken breasts in a pan and use those as well!

Parmesan: While pre-grated parm saves a little time, for this recipe, take the extra few minutes and grate it fresh. It melts much more smoothly, giving you a super silky, un-clumpy sauce 🙂

Pasta: Any shape pasta will work here – use your fave! For a fancy dinner, go with linguine or fettuccini. Use short pasta like penne or fusilli for a casual weeknight meal.

Heavy cream: Cream adds richness and buttery flavor to the sauce and helps to thicken it, creating a luscious consistency.

Chicken broth: This is added to help create a cohesive sauce, thinning it ever so slightly and adds a savory and robust flavor

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE: STEP BY STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

How to make garlic parmesan chicken pasta step by step.

Step 1: In a large pot full of salted water, cook pasta according to package directions. Over low heat, melt butter in a large skillet. Then add minced garlic and flour and cook for one minute.

Step 2: Turn the heat up to medium and add chicken stock and cream. Season with salt and whisk to combine. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 4-5 minutes until slightly thickened.

Step 3: Stir in parmesan cheese and chicken.

Step 4: Cook until heated through, then add cooked pasta. Toss until pasta is well coated with the sauce and serve! Garnish with fresh parsley for an easy pasta dinner.

Garlic parmesan chicken pasta in the pan with black pepper and a little parsley.

RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS

  • Use al dente pasta. Follow the package directions, but drain the pasta while it’s still firm to the tooth as it will continue to cook when tossed with the sauce.
  • Watch the heat. Be mindful of the heat when cooking the pasta and the sauce. You want medium high heat for the pasta and low heat for making the creamy sauce to avoid separating the sauce.
  • Give a refreshing citrus flavor. A squeeze of lemon and some fresh ground pepper at the end takes this Parmesan garlic pasta over the top!

Confidence Tip

While I LOVE pre-grated Parmesan cheese, for this recipe (and others involving melting the parmesan), use freshly grated Parmesan. Pre-grated cheese has a tendency to clump up while freshly grated cheese, melts smoothly into the sauce.

STORAGE & REHEATING

Leftovers: You can store leftovers right in the pan with a tight-fitting lid, in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, just add a splash of cream or chicken stock to the pan and heat it over medium heat, stirring occasionally until warmed through.

You can also store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheat in the microwave on full power for a minute or so. Adding a splash of chicken stock helps loosen the sauce and makes it creamy again.

Freezing: Dishes with heavy cream don’t freeze up great and the sauce may separate a bit…but will still be delish.

You can freeze leftovers in a freezer bag or freezer safe, air tight container. To reheat, thaw pasta overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat in a pan with a splash of cream and chicken stock to liven up the sauce. Cook 3-4 minutes over medium until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Additions & Substitutions

  • Vegetarian: You can make this dish vegetarian by ditching the chicken and substituting veggies! Asparagus or broccoli florets would make great additions. Steam veggies in the microwave for a minute or so until they are crisp tender, then add them into the sauce!
  • Try seafood: Swap out the chicken with cooked and flaked salmon or shrimp for a tasty alternative.
  • Keto/Low Carb: Omit the pasta and serve this over zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or a low carb pasta.
  • Heavy Cream: Need a substitute? No problem – you can use half and half, milk, and other options. Check out 15 Substitutes for Heavy Cream here!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use chicken thighs for this pasta dish?

Absolutely! Chicken thighs would make a fantastic choice of meat. Simply cook the chicken thighs until fully done, shred or chop them, and incorporate them into the sauce as you would with any other cooked chicken.

What do you serve with garlic parmesan chicken pasta?

Because this is a very hearty dish, a simple salad like fresh arugula salad or Caesar salad pairs perfectly with this pasta dish. Add this perfect air fryer garlic bread or Texas toast and you have a complete meal.

Can I substitute the cream for half and half?

Yes, however, the sauce won’t thicken up quite as well. I would increase the flour to one full tablespoon if you are substituting half and half to get the right consistency in the creamy Parmesan garlic sauce.

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Creamy garlic parmesan chicken pasta in a large pasta bowl.

I hope you love this Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Garlic parmesan chicken pasta in a skillet.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

This Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta uses just a handful of ingredients, but it's full of creamy, garlicky deliciousness! Using rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken, this dish comes together in less than 30 minutes!
4.79 from 51 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 521 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. pasta any noodle or shape!
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or half and half
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded rotisserie chicken or my baked chicken work great!
  • lemon wedges and freshly ground pepper, for serving optional

Instructions
 

  • Begin cooking pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over low heat.
  • In the skillet, melt butter. Then add garlic and flour. Stir and cook for one minute.
  • Turn the heat up to medium and add chicken stock and cream. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 4-5 minutes until sauce begins to thicken.
  • Stir Parmesan cheese and chicken into the sauce. Cook for 2-3 minutes until chicken is heated through.
  • Drain pasta. Add hot pasta right into the pan a little at a time. Toss with tongs until all pasta is generously coated with the sauce. Add a few squeezes of lemon and freshly ground pepper, if you like!
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Nutrition

Calories: 521kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 32gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 568mgPotassium: 254mgVitamin D: 18µgCalcium: 292mgIron: 3mg
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31 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This chicken pasta was a huge hit over here! Creamy and flavorful, and easy to make. It’s a keeper, thanks!

  2. This comes together in no time and is utterly delicious. It is a bit like cacio et pepe with garlic and chicken. Thanks!

  3. This Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta recipe is making my mouth water! I love how easy it is to make with just a few simple ingredients. And the fact that it’s ready in under 30 minutes makes it perfect for a busy weeknight meal. I can’t wait to try this recipe out!!!

  4. 5 stars
    This garlic pasta were amazing, so comforting and easy to make. Added some spinach as i was clearing the fridge.

  5. 5 stars
    This is a big hit with my family, and I’ve put it in my rotation permanently. All that creamy garlic goodness just can’t be beat!

  6. This was absolutely delicious! I added some steamed broccoli, but otherwise made it as written! Thanks for sharing this comforting dinner.

  7. My family loved this recipe. Perfect addition to my Fall collection! Made a double batch and was gone after lunch the next day.

  8. 5 stars
    To save calories I use evaported milk thickened with a tbsp of cornstarch instead of cream.Sometime I leave oout the chicken & add broccoli florets & mushrooms instead. So good!

  9. 5 stars
    We had this pasta for dinner tonight and it was AH-mazing! The whole family loved it and we’ll definitely be having it again soon!