Chicken and Basil Pasta

    25 minutes

    This is a super easy meal that I use on busy days. You can vary by adding more or less cream and change the type of pasta used.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 375ml rotini or spiral pasta
    • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
    • 500g skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1cm cubes
    • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 teaspoons dried basil
    • 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. In a large saucepan boil some salted water and cook pasta until al dente. Drain.
    2. Meanwhile in a large frypan melt the butter. Add the diced chicken and garlic then saute until lightly brown and juices run clear.
    3. Stir in the ground black pepper, dried basil, cream and grated Parmesan cheese. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
    4. Toss drained pasta with basil sauce and serve immediately.

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    I thought this recipe was fantastic!! Upon seeing what ingrediants were called for, I decided that a vegetable was needed to add color (and I like some sort a veggie in all my pastas). approx 2 min before the pasta was finished, I added half a bag of frozen chopped broccoli. Also, when the chicken and garlic was almost done, I sauted a half cup of red bell peppers and half cup of fresh sliced muchrooms. Finally, to thicken the sauce, I added 1/2 cup of parmesen cheese rather than the required 1/4 cup. I was worried that I might of altered the original recipe too much but rather when all was said and was WONDERFUL!! My family won't eat it any other way. My 5 yr old always has 2 servings and even my picky brother in law (age 15)scarfed 2 helpings down...muchrooms and all. This is a great and easy recipe that anyone can do and if you want to add your fav veggie like I did, I think there is plenty of room for experimentation. I have made this many times since and my taste buds never tire of it. It is worth a try and then..try to see what you can do with it to make it better suit your tastes.  -  15 Mar 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Super simple and quick. I've made it 3 times and made the following revisions: Definitely use fresh basil (2tsp dried should be 2tbs fresh), add a chopped shallot to perk up the flavor, and double the sauce. There's enough fat in this dish already so saute in olive oil instead of butter. To make the presentation more attractive, use tricolor rotini and throw in a couple generous handfuls of frozen petite peas during the last 3 minutes of boiling the pasta.  -  22 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I took the suggestions of making more sauce (added more garlic, *fresh* basil, cheese, cream) and last time added a bit (a really teeny bit) of sugar . I definitely recommend trying that. It takes the bitterness of the parm out of the dish. I think you can make it with just about any hearty pasta shape. I've made it with fusilli and farfelle and today am going to try it with pappardelle. Fantastic recipe. My thanks to Stacey and the other reviewers.  -  24 Aug 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)