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Easy Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe is a one pot skillet meal perfect for family dinner. Everyone will love this delicious chicken paired with a rich and creamy sauce over pasta.

Chicken Penne Pasta in a large pot
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This easy pasta dish is a family favorite meal. It creamy, delicious and full of flavor. It makes the perfect weeknight meal as it is ready in less than 30 minutes.

We make a lot of pasta recipe and this one is always on the menu. If you like this pasta dish, you should try this Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Penne Recipe and Italian Sausage Pasta.

Why This Recipe Works

Make this pasta dish today with simple ingredients. You can also make this recipe with leftover chicken for an even easier meal. This pasta recipe is filling and satisfying for a quick and easy meal.

From the creamy sauce to the delicious flavors this recipe is always on the menu.


Ingredients for chicken penne pasta - chicken, olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic butter, heavy cream, broth, parmesan cheese, pasta
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Minced Garlic
  • Butter
  • Heavy Cream
  • Chicken Broth
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Penne Pasta

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Variations Ideas

  • Change Meat – Try shrimp instead of chicken. You can also make this dish with chicken thighs
  • Vegetables – Add in peas or broccoli to the skillet. We have even added in cherry tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, and grape tomatoes. Another delicious option is spinach, mushrooms, asparagus or whatever you prefer.
  • Seasoning – Cajun seasoning or Old Bay would be delicious mixed into the sauce. Add in ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes for a hint of spice.
  • Pasta – Feel free to use different types of pasta. You can make this pasta dish with whole wheat pasta, gluten-free pasta, rigatoni or farfalle.

The options are endless for this easy skillet dish.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – In a large skillet, cook the chicken in the olive oil over medium high heat.
  • Step 2 – Season with salt, pepper, and minced garlic.
Adding chicken to skillet with oil, garlic and seasoning
  • Step 3 – Continue cooking until the chicken is no longer pink. This only takes a few minutes.
  • Step 4 – Turn the heat to low, stir in the heavy cream, chicken broth, butter and the Parmesan cheese.
adding in the pasta to the creamy sauce in the skillet
  • Step 5 – Cover and simmer for a few minutes until flavors combine.
  • Step 6 – Stir in the cooked pasta and serve.

Recipe Tips

  • Pasta – Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Chicken – Cut the chicken up in bite size pieces. Make sure they are about the same size so they cook evenly.
Chicken penne pasta in a large skillet with a wooden spoon

Serving Suggestions

We served ours with salad and it was such an easy and delicious dinner. The cream sauce is so amazing so you will want something to dip into that amazing sauce.

We love Garlic Bread Cheese Sticks Recipe and it is perfect for getting every last bit of that amazing sauce.

You could also try Roasted Green Beans or learn how to steam broccoli in the microwave for a super easy veggie side dish.

Just keep it simple!

Close up image of chicken penne pasta on a wooden spoon

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. We recommend waiting until the pasta has cooled to room temperature before storing. It will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to Reheat Leftovers

Depending on how much you have leftover, reheat in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. If you have a smaller portion, reheating in the microwave works also.

More Easy Chicken Pasta Recipes

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Chicken Penne Pasta

4.82 from 11 votes
Easy Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe is a one pot skillet meal perfect for dinner. Everyone will love this tasty chicken paired with a creamy sauce over pasta.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Italian
Course Main Course
Calories 731


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  • In a large skillet, cook the chicken in the olive oil over medium high heat.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and minced garlic.
  • Continue cooking until the chicken is no longer pink, about 8 minutes.
  • Turn the heat to low, stir in the heavy cream, chicken broth, butter and the parmesan cheese.
  • Cover and simmer for a few minutes until flavors combine.
  • Stir in the cooked pasta and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 731kcal, Carbohydrates 46g, Protein 28g, Fat 48g, Saturated Fat 27g, Cholesterol 176mg, Sodium 833mg, Potassium 444mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 1547IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 266mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Barbara says:

    I know I am being picky about the directions, but shouldn’t there be mention of putting on a large pot of water to boil the pasta come before cooking the chicken? Will be making this for dinner tomorrow and will start the pasta first.

  2. Guy Fieri says:

    5 stars
    10/10 delicous! Easy recipe with very common ingredients. Worst thing is when you find a recipe and it has ingredients a regular person has in their cabinet/fridge.

    Add bacon for a smoky flavor!!

  3. Heidi Maxted says:

    5 stars
    So easy to prepare and the end result was delicious! The broth and parmasan cheese really added great flavor and I would make it again! Easy to complement this meal with an easy salad or steamed vegetable dish of your choice.

  4. Carrie says:

    You can use less cream or you can simmer it for a bit longer once you stir in the pasta to cook off the extra liquid until the pasta is the consistency that you prefer. Thank you!

  5. Morgan says:

    Every time I do this recipe, and I follow exactly, it comes out milky. How can I prevent this?

  6. Carrie says:

    Yes it can. The sauce will be thinner with milk instead of cream but will still taste great!

  7. Cheryl Oakes says:

    Can milk replace the cream?

  8. Carrie says:

    Generally, it’s 15-25 ounces based on the size of the chicken breasts.

  9. Linda Baumstark says:

    How many ounces of chicken is 3 chicken breasts

  10. Carrie says:

    It’s added with the heavy cream. Sorry about that – I have corrected the recipe. Thank you!

  11. Laurie Border says:

    Sounds great, was going to make tonight. Only question is when do I add in butter and chicken broth? On ingredient list but not on directions to cook. Please let me know , thanks for all the other great recipes.

  12. Cyndi says:

    I just stumbled upon your site recently (the ranch/bacon chicken hobo dinner is delish, we added corn on the cob cut into quarters into the packet).

    I noticed on this particular recipe, you have chicken broth & butter in the ingredient list but the instructions do not indicate when to add either one. I assume the chicken broth should be added with the heavy cream but I am not entirely certain where to add the butter. Generally, alfredo/cream sauces involve flour & butter to make a roux, but this one caught my attention because it takes out that step.

    Thanks for sharing all the great recipes!

  13. Lori says:

    5 stars
    (Sorry: meant to give five stars)
    UPDATE: after this sat while I did the dishes, it thickened up and looked like your pic (minus the parsley flakes)

  14. Glenda says:

    When does broth get added?