Rotini pasta tossed with chicken, bell pepper and a creamy herb sauce--all prepared on the stovetop! Very quick and easy recipe. You can improvise and adapt to your family's tastes, and serve it for any occasion.

Terry
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.

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  • Combine half-and-half and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Boil gently, stirring, until mixture has reduced to 1 1/2 to 1 2/3 cups. Remove pan from heat; whisk in cheese, basil, oregano, chives, and parsley. Cover, and set aside.

  • Saute chicken in a large skillet until lightly browned on both sides. Stir in green and red bell pepper, and cook until vegetables are tender, and chicken is no longer pink in the middle.

  • In a casserole dish, combine the hot cooked pasta, chicken mixture, and sauce. Mix well, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

468 calories; 30.1 g total fat; 126 mg cholesterol; 326 mg sodium. 22.4 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2005
4 pans? Eh. I agree with the comments about the mess and personally think that each pot being so "sterile" leaves a whole lotta flavor out of this equation. So I did it with two pots -- one for the boiling of pasta and the second for everything else. Cook the chicken and peppers FIRST in a large skillet. Drain a little fat if you want and then directly add the cream/herb mixture. Cook that down. When the pasta is almost ready (about 1 minute short of finish) drain it and add it to the skillet. Mix all that love up together. Hot and luscious -- you'll be eating all your flavors from one pan instead of rinsing much of the taste down the drain. Other than the prep style I thought the ingredients worked really well -- thank you! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/30/2011
I'm sorry but this was not good. What a strange way to make a cream sauce. It was way too buttery (1/2 a cup of butter?!) and didn't mix well. I added some flour to help it thicken but the flavor was just off. My husband ate it but I couldn't. Sorry. Read More
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186 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 84
  • 4 star values: 72
  • 3 star values: 23
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2005
4 pans? Eh. I agree with the comments about the mess and personally think that each pot being so "sterile" leaves a whole lotta flavor out of this equation. So I did it with two pots -- one for the boiling of pasta and the second for everything else. Cook the chicken and peppers FIRST in a large skillet. Drain a little fat if you want and then directly add the cream/herb mixture. Cook that down. When the pasta is almost ready (about 1 minute short of finish) drain it and add it to the skillet. Mix all that love up together. Hot and luscious -- you'll be eating all your flavors from one pan instead of rinsing much of the taste down the drain. Other than the prep style I thought the ingredients worked really well -- thank you! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2005
4 pans? Eh. I agree with the comments about the mess and personally think that each pot being so "sterile" leaves a whole lotta flavor out of this equation. So I did it with two pots -- one for the boiling of pasta and the second for everything else. Cook the chicken and peppers FIRST in a large skillet. Drain a little fat if you want and then directly add the cream/herb mixture. Cook that down. When the pasta is almost ready (about 1 minute short of finish) drain it and add it to the skillet. Mix all that love up together. Hot and luscious -- you'll be eating all your flavors from one pan instead of rinsing much of the taste down the drain. Other than the prep style I thought the ingredients worked really well -- thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2008
WHOOO-HOOOO!!! This one's a winner! I read the reviews before I made mine and here's what I did: I preheated my large skillet nice n hot (just before the olive oil in it started to smoke). Then I added the diced chicken. As the chicken started to cook I added salt & pepper (a fair amount). While the chicken was going I heated 2 cups of heavy cream and 2 T butter. I didn't have a drop of milk in the house and I didn't want to use a whole stick of butter so... there ya go.:) Now back to the chicken: About halfway through the cooking I tossed in 3 healthy cloves of minced garlic 2 diced scallions 1/2 green pepper and 1/2 yellow pepper (no red in the store that day). I also used 1 cup of Parm instead of 2/3 (all you cheese lovers out there know what I'm talkin' about wink wink). And I doubled the dried spices while omitting the chives (didn't have any and I had already used fresh scallions anyway). This dish is absolutely wonderful. For those who noted a bland taste I would recommend seasoning the chicken with salt and pepper and also tossing in garlic AND scallions along with the peppers while chicken is still cooking. Doing this allows the flavor of all these wonderful veggies to enhance the chicken and the entire dish. I reheated this one stove top the next day: I poured about 1/5 cup of chicken broth into a sauce pan. Then I added the Chicken Rotini and stirred occasionally while cooking it over medium low to medium heat. Tastes fresh! Deliciou Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2009
Killer. It's like a snooty Chicken Helper. I did add fresh garlic one sliced onion and half a package of fresh mushrooms because I didn't have enough chicken. I sprinkled just a touch of crushed red pepper flake in the sauce. Very very good. (My husband thought it was too rich so next time I might see if I can't slim it down a bit. He also suggested I try this with rock shrimp.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2003
My daughter called and wanted me to make pasta for dinner. I searched the database and come up this recipe. I added a good "dose" of garlic and I sauted the chicken (I used 3 breasts) with the peppers and added garlic onion and mushrooms. It was sooooooo good. Even my 5 year old ate it. I only added a 1/2 tsp of cornstarch to get the sauce to thicken. I will be using this recipe again and again. Thanks for sharing Terry! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
Pretty tasty stuff...and that's saying something since I have a terrible cold and can hardly taste anything! My boyfriend in particular really liked this dish. The only downfall is the 4 pots/pans you have sitting on your stovetop just to make this! Oh well the taste was good. If you think you can handle it-try cooking the chicken/peppers at the same time your letting your sauce thicken. That way your noodles chicken and sauce are done at almost the same time resulting in a hot meal! The only change I made was to add a dash of garlic/onion powder to the sauce when whisking in the other spices and while sauting the chicken/bell peppers-added some minced onion/garlic and some fresh sliced mushrooms. Tasty stuff Terry! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2003
I'm giving this 4 stars because had I followed the recipe I know this would've tasted great. I made this uusing low fat ingredients and it was very bland. So live a little and use cream and butter. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/30/2011
I'm sorry but this was not good. What a strange way to make a cream sauce. It was way too buttery (1/2 a cup of butter?!) and didn't mix well. I added some flour to help it thicken but the flavor was just off. My husband ate it but I couldn't. Sorry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2003
This was very good. I used fat free half and half and added a little cornstarch. My company still had not arrived when it was done so I threw it all in a casserole dish in the oven at 300. This thickened it up more. When I served it we sprinkled freshly grated parmesan cheese on top. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2012
I added some soy sauce to it. Read More
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