Friday, October 2, 2015

Quick and Easy One Pot Butter Chicken Pasta

School is back in session and fall sports are in full swing.  Life definitely gets busy this time of year. That's why I'm always looking for recipes to keep things #EverydayEffortless, but that I can still feel good about serving to to my family. My Butter Chicken Pasta is all of those things.  

It's delicious, ready in FIFTEEN minutes, and only requires ONE POT!  How great is that?!? I know you are going to love it so...

Let's Get Started!

When keeping things #EverydayEffortless, there are two things you need to do.
1.  Head to your local Walmart, where you can always find great prices.
2.  Pick up the Barilla Pronto Pasta and Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Strips.

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this new Barilla Pronto pasta because it requires no boiling, no draining, and is ready in 10 minutes.  Tyson chicken strips are always great to have in my freezer and I love the fact that they are fully cooked, 98% fat free, and have no preservatives. Now that we have our two main ingredients, let get to cooking.

Butter Chicken Pasta:
*Prep Time: 5 min. *Cook Time:  15 min.  *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings:  4-6


  • 1 1 lb. box of Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta
  • 2 c. Tyson Grilled and Ready Frozen Chicken Strips.
  • 3. Chicken Stock
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 4-6 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 14 oz. can of Coconut Milk
  • 1 8 oz. can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp. of Garam Masala
  • 2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Chili Flake
  • 1/4 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • Fresh Chopped Cilantro for garnish

To begin you will need to place a deep skillet over medium/high heat and add 2-3 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil.

Once the pan and oil are hot, add the onion and let cook until it is soft and translucent.

Next add the garlic to the pan.
Cook until you can smell the garlic coming from the pan, 1-2 min.

Now you can add the Barilla Pronto Penne Pasta to the pan.

Add the chicken stock.
You can also use water here, but I think the chicken stock adds a nice flavor base to the pasta.

Season with a little salt.

Bring to a simmer and cover.
Let cook for 5 minutes.

While pasta is simmering, you can put together your sauce.
In a mixing bowl pour in the coconut milk,

And the tomato sauce.

Add the garam masala,



Chili flake,

Salt and pepper,


And finally the extra virgin olive oil.
Whisk it all together until smooth.

After five minutes add the Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Strips to the pan and...

Pour in the butter sauce.

Stir it all together, cover, and let simmer for 10 minutes.

In that time the sauce with thicken and the spice magic will happen in the pan.   

 Add the butter to finish the sauce with and you are ready to serve!

This meal is perfect for these cool autumn evenings!  It is warm, hearty, smoky, and spicy. All things that feel like they should have been cooking all day, but your #EverydayEffortless meal only took FIFTEEN MINUTES! Top it off with a little fresh chopped cilantro, serve with a nice green salad, and you are eating!  With the extra time you saved in the kitchen you can now spend some quality time around the table with your family talking, eating, and laughing.  Isn't that what dinner is supposed to be about?  For more of these effortless dinner click HERE.

And as always....

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


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