Penne with Chicken and Asparagus


This chicken and asparagus pasta is light but super tasty. Made with fresh asparagus and seasoned chicken.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package dried penne pasta

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into cubes

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, or more to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 bunch slender asparagus spears, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. 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.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in chicken and season with 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir until chicken is browned and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a paper towel-lined plate.

  3. Pour chicken broth into the skillet. Add asparagus, garlic, and another pinch of garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and steam until asparagus is just tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

  4. Transfer drained penne to a large bowl. Pour chicken mixture over top and mix until well combined. Let sit for about 5 minutes.

  5. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

332 Calories
11g Fat
43g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 332
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 69mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 301mg 6%

* 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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