Ground chicken is a lean and versatile source of protein that can be used in any recipe. It’s an ideal substitute for ground beef and ensures everyone in your household stays satisfied on busy weeknights.
Try these easy ground chicken pasta recipes to add some pizzazz to your meals! From creamy parmesan chicken to a warming soup, there’s something here for everyone!
1. Chicken Parmesan Pasta
This classic Italian dish consists of breaded chicken breasts fried until golden and crisp, topped with marinara sauce and cheese before baking to perfection. Usually served over spaghetti but can also be enjoyed as a meal on its own or combined with other delicious side dishes.
This recipe calls for flour, egg and breadcrumbs to bread the chicken. You may also add some buttermilk to keep it moist and flavorful. Finally, bake for around 20 minutes in the oven to ensure everything is golden brown and delicious!
To serve, divide the pasta evenly among four dinner plates and top each with a piece of chicken and sauce. If desired, garnish with fresh basil.
This dish is enhanced with chicken and homemade tomato sauce, creating an irresistibly flavorful dish that you can easily recreate at home. Restaurant-quality flavor without the restaurant hassle!
For a healthier alternative, substitute the milk with vegetable stock or water and use dairy-free Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. You could also add red peppers, spinach or another green veggie for additional nutrition.
Reheating leftovers in the oven at 190 degrees Celsius/375 degrees Fahrenheit until hot throughout. You can store leftovers in your refrigerator for up to one day or freezer them for up to two months.
This is a super quick and simple pasta bake you can whip up for your family dinner in just 30 minutes! Plus, the ground chicken makes an awesome addition – you can even prep the chicken ahead of time so you always have some on hand when needed!
2. Chicken Vegetable Pasta
This classic pasta dish brings the best of both worlds – fresh vegetables and chicken. It takes only 30 minutes to make for a fast and effortless dinner that everyone will love!
This low-carb dish is a healthier alternative to your typical pasta dinner, featuring a light tomato sauce and shredded chicken. Plus, it’s gluten-free and keto friendly – ideal for anyone on a low-carb or keto diet!
This simple yet delicious pasta and chicken recipe is the ideal way to use up leftover chicken. Topped off with a zesty garlic sauce, fresh Parmesan, basil and parsley, it’s sure to please any palate!
This dish would make an excellent addition to a low-carb dinner party. Pair it with some fresh vegetables and a glass of white wine, and you’re sure to impress your guests!
For this dish, we used rotini pasta. However, you can also substitute spaghetti or penne; just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly as these shapes take longer to cook than their flat counterparts.
When making this delicious cheese-laden chicken pasta, be sure to stir frequently so the sauce does not burn at the bottom of the pan. Additionally, using olive oil instead of butter helps keep flavors balanced and prevents overcooking.
One of the great things about this cheesy chicken pasta recipe is how customizable it can be to your tastes. You can mix-and-match ingredients to your preferences, and even add in some veggies for extra nutrition if desired – especially beneficial if you’re watching your weight as it contains protein and antioxidant-rich veggies!
3. Spaghetti with Meatballs
Make the classic Italian spaghetti and meatballs recipe the right way by starting with the sauce. This straightforward recipe only requires 90 minutes from start to finish!
This meal can easily be prepared ahead of time, as both sauce and meatballs can be stored in the fridge for up to two days prior to serving. Additionally, you can freeze any extra sauce in an airtight container or freezer bag for later use.
To prepare the sauce, cook onions and garlic in olive oil until soft and aromatic. Stir in crushed tomatoes, red pepper flakes, chicken broth and seasonings; bring to a simmer and let flavors blend.
Once the sauce has cooled, add the meatballs and simmer until heated through, approximately 5 minutes. Doing this will allow the sauce to thicken slightly.
Finally, toss the cooked pasta with sauce and meatballs. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
Before serving, you can brown or chill the meatballs if desired for enhanced flavor. Doing this helps prevent them from crumbling apart in marinara sauce.
Enjoy this delectable dish with crusty bread and a refreshing garden salad. This recipe is easy to prepare, sure to wow your friends and family.
Spaghetti with meatballs has been an Italian classic for generations. This recipe makes a deliciously rich and deeply flavoured tomato sauce to go along with the succulent meatballs. Finish off by serving the spaghetti dish along with lots of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and fresh basil leaves for added enjoyment.
4. Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pasta
A quick and delicious weeknight dinner! A hearty pasta dish featuring chicken, broccoli and cheese in a creamy Alfredo sauce!
This casserole is a family favorite that can be prepared ahead of time. It’s ideal for busy households or entertaining friends!
Make this delicious cheese-topped chicken broccoli alfredo up to two days ahead! Simply assemble the casserole, cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until baking time. Remove the wrap and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes until cheese has melted and pasta is heated through!
To make the alfredo sauce, heat butter with heavy cream in a large pot over medium-high heat and simmer until reduced by approximately 1/4 to 1/3, stirring several times. Stir in garlic powder, salt and pepper until fully mixed. Finally, add drained pasta, broccoli and cooked chicken to the sauce pan along with all other ingredients and mix everything together thoroughly.
This dish is the perfect way to utilize leftover shredded chicken. For even more flavor, you can substitute turkey or rotisserie chicken in this recipe!
Once the alfredo sauce is prepared, cook pasta and broccoli according to package directions. Drain, then toss with rotisserie chicken, alfredo sauce, and plenty of cheese for an irresistibly tasty combination!
This chicken broccoli alfredo’s creamy, garlicky sauce will please everyone in the family! Plus, it takes only thirty minutes from start to finish for a super quick dinner that everyone will love!
5. Italian Wedding Soup
Wedding soup, also known as minestra maritata in Italian, is the ideal recipe for a cozy fall or winter day. It combines carrots, celery, onion pasta and tiny meatballs in an aromatic broth made with herbs, spices and light chicken stock.
This delicious soup is the perfect way to utilize leftovers from the week and will surely satisfy even the biggest appetite. Plus, it’s low in fat and calories – ideal for those trying to eat healthier or shed pounds.
You can make this gluten-free recipe dairy-free by substituting ground beef for the pork. Additionally, omit the Parmesan cheese for a dairy-free option.
This recipe stands out from other ground chicken pasta dishes by using fresh spinach in place of frozen. Not only is the spinach great for those on a Paleo diet, but it adds an extra splash of color to the dish as well.
This recipe can be cooked on the stovetop, in a slow cooker or Instant Pot. Just adjust your cooking time accordingly for best results. This is an ideal option for anyone who needs an effortless week-night dinner.
Once all ingredients are prepped, you can either mix them together by hand or with a mixer. Scoop out 2 teaspoons of the batter and roll into balls; if your hands become sticky, spray them with non-stick cooking spray and keep rolling!
Once your meatballs are cooked, add them to the soup and simmer for around an hour. Then, add your desired pasta (tortellini, gnocchi, acini de pepe pastine or noodles of your choice) and cook until tender. This delicious and healthy soup is sure to please both family and guests!