Light Chicken and Pasta Dinner (Super Easy)

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Need a fast stove-top dinner for a busy school or work night? This is perfect! (I was inspired by this basic pasta recipe.)

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The longest part is waiting for the pasta water to boil.


  • 2 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken
  • 1 lb pasta
  • 1 cup Italian cheese blend- we did a Romano, Parmesan and Asiago blend
  • black pepper
  • 1 cup pasta water reserved
  • parsley for garnish (optional)

Bring water to a boil for your pasta and cook according to package.

The last two minutes or so of cooking, toss in your shredded or diced chicken to heat it up.

(If you have no leftover chicken in the fridge, grab a rotisserie chicken from the deli.)

When you drain the pasta and chicken hang on to one cup of pasta water.

Return pasta, chicken and reserved water to the cooking pot.

Toss in the cheese.

Toss with two forks or a set of tongs to mix everything together.

Crack some pepper over top.

Toss again.

Toss everything until well blended.

Plate the pasta up and sprinkle with parsley.

Easiest dinner ever!

Perfect with a dinner salad and french bread, or all by itself!

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Light Chicken and Pasta Dinner (Super Easy)

Light Chicken and Pasta Dinner (Super Easy)

This light chicken and pasta dinner is a perf3ctly easy dinner to make tonight!


  • 2 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken
  • 1 lb pasta
  • 1 cup Italian cheese blend- we did a Romano, Parmesan and Asiago blend
  • black pepper
  • 1 cup pasta water reserved
  • parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Boil your pasta according to the package directions.
  2. In the last few minutes of cook time throw in the diced chicken.
  3. Drain the pasta and chicken mixture reserving at least one cup of the water.
  4. Place everything inside the cooking pot and add in the cheese.
  5. Combine well and season with pepper. Mix again.
  6. Serve topped with parsley.


  1. YUM! This is making my mouth water. Pinned it – and will probably make it for dinner tomorrow night. Thanks!

  2. I do this frequently, but never thought to add chicken to it! A great way to get more protein for sure! Thanks!

    1. My site was down all afternoon yesterday. There were server update issues. 🙁 Everything is fixed now. I am so glad you came back.

      And this is a tasty recipe.

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  4. Aspiring New Moms says:

    I always love your recipes!!!

    1. Wow, what an amazing compliment.
      Thank you and I hope you enjoy the recipe if you decide to make it. 🙂

  5. Chicken & pasta are always a hit in our house! I bet this would be great for leftovers too.

  6. Good Morning Crystal,
    I stopped by this week end to leave you a comment and never could get your site to come up, but I see it is working fine today. Your recipe for the light Chicken and Pasta is wonderful, I just love a dish like this. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Just made this tonight – it was great! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. Yay! Glad it was a hit, Meg. Have an awesome weekend and thanks for the feedback.

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