Creamy Tomato-Chicken Pasta


Creamy tomato sauce with some chicken and spinach. You can also serve this on a bed of rice, or by itself.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound Chicken, broilers or fryers, thigh, meat only, raw

  • 1 pinch chili powder, or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 (8 ounce) package fresh spinach

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, or to taste

  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta


  1. Pat chicken dry and season with chili powder, salt, and pepper.

  2. Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Sear chicken in the hot oil until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a clean plate.

  3. Place garlic in the leftover juices in the pan and saute over medium heat until aromatic, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in tomato sauce and heavy cream; reduce heat to low. Add spinach and basil and cook and stir until spinach wilts. Add chicken to the sauce and cook until chicken is no longer pink in the centers.

  4. While chicken mixture cooks, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  5. Serve chicken mixture on top of pasta.

Cook's Note:

You can use any kind of pasta you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

558 Calories
24g Fat
62g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 558
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 491mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 22%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 17mg 86%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 762mg 16%

* 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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