Friday, June 14, 2024

One-Pot Chicken Pasta Primavera: A Delicious and Healthy Recipe

 Welcome to my West Virginia kitchen!  As I am writing this we are approaching summer. Farm stands are popping up everywhere, packed full of locally grown produce.  Many of us are gardeners and are about to have a bounty of vegetables that we need to figure out what to do with.  Is that you?  Are you looking for a vibrant, delicious, and healthy meal that's perfect for this season (or any really)?  My One-Pot Chicken Pasta Primavera is an excellent choice.  

A vibrant and colorful plate of One Pot Chicken Pasta Primavera garnished with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

This classic Italian American dish combines tender chicken, fresh vegetables, and al dente pasta in a light and flavorful sauce.  Not only is it packed with nutrients, but it also makes for a visually appealing dish that will impress your family and friends.  I can't wait to share it with you so...

Let's Get Started!


Though it sounds Italian, pasta primavera actually originated in America, in the 70's, by Sirio Maccoini, the Tuscan co-owner of the famous New York restaurant Le Cirque.  It was originally introduced as an off menu item.  Primavera means "spring", and this dish is traditionally a warm-weather dish that celebrates all the foods of the season.  


For this Chicken Pasta Primavera you will need to gather a few simple ingredients:
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes.
  • 1/4 tsp Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, and Paprika
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 16 oz Pasta (rotini, penne, farfalle, or cavatappi)
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 Carrots, sliced
  • 1 bunch Asparagus, cut into thirds (woody stems removed)
  • 2 cups Frozen Peas
  • 2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
  • Basil for garnish

  1. Prepare the Chicken:  Heat 2 Tbsp of butter and 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Season the chicken with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.  Add the chicken to the skillet and cook until it is golden brown and fully cooked.  This should take about 5-7 minutes.  Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside. 
  2. Cook the Pasta:  Add the garlic to the pan and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.  Next add the dry pasta to the pan.  Add the chicken broth and water to the pan.  Bring to a simmer.  Reduce the heat to medium, medium low and cook for 6 minutes.  Stir occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking.  
  3. Cook the Vegetables:  Add the carrots, asparagus, and peas to the pan.  Cover, and let cook until the pasta and vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes.  
  4. Combine Ingredients:  Uncover the pan, add the tomatoes and cooked chicken to the pan.  Pour in the heavy cream, stir until everything is coated, and simmer for 2-3 more minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.  
  5. Finish and Serve:  Remove from the heat and add the remaining butter, parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice.  Stir until the cheese has melted.  Taste for seasoning and make any adjustments you feel it needs.  Garnish with some basil and ENJOY!  

A vibrant and colorful plate of One Pot Chicken Pasta Primavera garnished with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

  • Use Fresh Vegetables:  Fresh, seasonal, vegetables will give you the best flavor and texture.  Feel free to substitute or add your favorite veggies. 
  • Don't Overcook the Pasta:  To maintain the perfect texture, make sure you cook the pasta until it is just al dente. 
  • Lemon Juice:  The lemon juice adds a bright, tangy flavor that enhances the overall taste of the dish.  Don't skip it!  
  • Cheese Options:  While Parmesan is traditional, you can also use Pecorino Romano or Asiago for a different twist.


Chicken Pasta Primavera is not just delicious but also packed with nutritional benefits:

  • Protein:  The chicken provide a good source of lean protein, essential for muscle repair and growth.
  • Vitamins and Minerals:  The variety of vegetables adds a wide range of vitamins (A, C, K) and minerals (potassium, magnesium) to the dish. 
  • Healthy Fats:  Olive Oil is a great source of monounsaturated fats, which are beneficial for heart health.  
  • Fiber:  Whole grain pasta or inclusion of fiber-rich vegetables.

A vibrant and colorful plate of One Pot Chicken Pasta Primavera garnished with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

One-Pot Chicken Pasta Primavera is a versatile and easy-to-make dish that is perfect for weeknight dinners or special occasions.  It's colorful presentation and rich flavors are sure to make it a favorite in your household.  Give this recipe a try, and you'll have a healthy and satisfying meal on the table in no time!  Feel free to share your own variations or tips in the comments below.  

And as always...

Happy Eatin' Y'all!  

~The Kitchen Wife~


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