Basil Chicken and Pasta


This is a great quick meal; the chicken and sauce can be prepared in the time it takes to cook the pasta. You can add more cream or less pasta if you like it creamier. Try ziti or farfalle pasta to add even more variety to this recipe. The leftovers don't heat very well, so eat it all up the first time!

4 servings


  • 1 (12 ounce) package rotini pasta

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1/2 inch cubes

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large pot with boiling salted water cook rotini pasta until al dente. Drain.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet melt the butter or margarine. Add the chopped chicken and garlic, saute until lightly brown and juices run clear. Stir in the ground black pepper, dried basil, heavy cream, and grated Parmesan cheese. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Toss drained pasta with basil sauce and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

535 Calories
31g Fat
29g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 535
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 224mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 128mg 10%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 379mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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