15 Chicken Pasta Dinners Ready in 30 Minutes

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta on a white plate
Photo: TTV78

When you've got to get dinner on the table in a hurry, these are the super-quick, satisfying dinners that'll save you again and again. Each one is a solid base recipe you can customize with substitutions to suit your taste. And of course, you can feel free to swap in almost any pasta in your pantry. Everyone else does, and it works out just fine.

01 of 15

Greek Chicken Pasta

Greek Chicken Pasta
Chibi Chef

"LOVE LOVE LOVE! It's great as written with room for your tweaks. You almost can't ruin a batch." —Glennie Junkin

02 of 15

Garlic Chicken with Orzo Noodles

Garlic Chicken with Orzo Noodles
shauna

"LOVED this! I also boiled my orzo in chicken broth. This would be awesome with salmon." —Lisa

03 of 15

Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Pesto Pasta with Chicken

"I used the olive oil from the sundried tomatoes to cook the chicken in which gave it a great flavor. Next time I will add more sundried tomatoes and some roasted pine nuts too." —LAURILAN

04 of 15

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta on a white plate
TTV78

"I changed it up a bit based on reviews and personal preferences: 3 tbsp. of Cajun seasoning, four large chicken breasts, one orange bell pepper, more green onions, and double the garlic. Delicious!" —Golfer Girl

05 of 15

Yakisoba Chicken

Yakisoba Chicken
Chef'd

"Reminds me of my grandma's house! Used Huy Fong chili garlic sauce and added extra veggies (shitake mushrooms and snow peas) and topped with lots of fresh bean sprouts. Yum!" —Britnisw

06 of 15

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta
yumyum

"This was good the day I made it and even better as leftovers. I did use more garlic and onion though." —PATTY33

07 of 15

Garlic Wine Chicken

Garlic Wine Chicken
sjc5087

"I have to admit I was tempted to substitute chicken broth for part of the wine but in the end decided to prepare this as written and was not disappointed in the least. This is just a beautiful dish!" —naples34102

08 of 15

Easy Chicken Skillet

Easy Chicken Skillet
Deb C

"Why limit yourself to just broccoli when they make the frozen stir-fry blend? That is what I used which gave me variety and also a lot more color. Great recipe for times when you just don't have time in the kitchen." —Soup Loving Nicole

09 of 15

Chicken Milano

Chicken Milano

"I used thin sliced chicken breasts, pounded flat, dipped in egg and flour. Cook the chicken first, set aside then make the sauce. Everyone loved them, even the picky child!" —jillkapron

10 of 15

Penne with Chicken and Pesto

Penne with Chicken and Pesto
Francesca

"The best pasta dish I have ever had! I love pesto so I added a couple extra tablespoons of that and I used 1 cup of half-and-half and 1/4 cup chicken stock to cut some calories," Sarah Stephan says.

11 of 15

Poppy Seed Chicken Pasta Salad

Poppy Seed Chicken Pasta Salad
Sugarplum

"I found this recipe very simple and very tasty! Poppyseed dressing has always been a fav in my home, so this salad was a hit," Kathleen Milton says.

12 of 15

A 20-Minute Chicken Parmesan

A 20-Minute Chicken Parmesan
Sugarplum

"I have been making Chicken Parmesan like this for years. Great for those busy nights when you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry!" —Sugarplum

13 of 15

Amazing Italian Lemon Butter Chicken

Amazing Italian Lemon Butter Chicken
SunnyByrd

"This is a to-die-for recipe," Penny Newman says. "I followed the recipe verbatim, and it was one of the best things I have ever tasted. And my dinner guests agreed."

14 of 15

California Chicken Spaghetti

California Chicken Spaghetti
Tess Sullivan

"This is one of the best meals I have ever eaten. It's so simple and fast that you wouldn't think it would be that good, but it is. It even reheats great and tastes great cold the next day. If you can get over the idea of a sauceless pasta — it didn't sound quite right to me either — and give this a try, you're going to make a lot of people happy in your house. If you're a feta fan, you will wonder where this recipe has been all your life," says user beemer2k.

15 of 15

Restaurant-Style Chicken Scampi

Restaurant-Style Chicken Scampi
fabeverydayblog

"I, too, have searched for a recipe similar to that well-known Italian restaurant's and was also always disappointed. Not anymore. This recipe was so delicious!" —KALA LAOS

Was this page helpful?
You’ll Also Love