SPINACH PARMESAN PASTA WITH CHICKEN is an easy, 30-minute meal perfect for those nights when dinner sneaks up on you!
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Spinach Parmesan Pasta with Chicken

SPINACH PARMESAN PASTA WITH CHICKEN is an easy, 30-minute meal perfect for those nights when dinner sneaks up on you!
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 616kcal
Author Marion@Life Tastes Good

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces pasta noodles
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Instructions

  • Cook noodles according to package directions, drain, reserving about 1/4 cup of pasta water. Add noodles back to the pot with the reserved pasta water and set aside.
  • While the noodles are cooking, season chicken strips with salt & pepper. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over mid-high heat. Add chicken to melted butter in skillet and sear for 3-5 minutes on each side until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and is nicely browned on the outside.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in the skillet and add 10 ounces of fresh spinach, 1/2 to 1 tablespoon garlic, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt. Cook while stirring, until the spinach is wilted. About 5 minutes. Give it a taste and add salt and pepper as needed. NOTE: I use a full tablespoon of garlic in this recipe. If you think that might be too much for your taste, then start with 1/2 tablespoon. You can add more after you wilt the spinach and give it a taste.
  • Add the spinach/chicken mixture to the pot with the noodles and grate on 1/4 to 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and toss to combine. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 1067mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6890IU | Vitamin C: 21.3mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3.8mg