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One-pan mozzarella chicken recipe

Mozzarella Chicken Pasta Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course dinner
Servings 8 -10 servings
Calories 555 kcal

what you'll need
  

  • 16 oz rigatoni pasta cooked
  • 1 lb chicken breast tenders
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • seasoned salt
  • pepper
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 10 oz bag baby spinach
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk or half-and-half
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes crushed
  • 1 cup smoked mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup tomato diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for sprinkling

let's do it
 

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat and add rigatoni. Cook pasta until tender but still firm—about 1–2 minutes less than package instructions. Drain pasta in colander and set aside.
  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Add chicken and sprinkle with seasoned salt and pepper. Cook 4–5 minutes until lightly browned on both sides and just cooked through. Remove from skillet onto a plate and cover loosely with foil to keep warm.
  • Return skillet to heat and add garlic to remaining oil. Add a bit more if necessary then cook 30 seconds. Add spinach and toss frequently so that it cooks evenly. Once all spinach is wilted and turns a dark green color, transfer from skillet onto the plate with chicken.
  • Return skillet to heat and add butter. When butter is melted, add flour and stir to combine. Cook flour about 30 seconds then add milk or half-and-half, dried basil and crushed red pepper. Whisk until flour is dissolved and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 2–3 minutes. Begin whisking in mozzarella one small handful at a time, making sure each addition is melted before adding the next until all of the mozzarella is incorporated and sauce is smooth.
  • Add cooked pasta, chicken and spinach into skillet and stir to coat with sauce. Add diced tomato and cook, stirring frequently, until all ingredients have re-heated and everything is well-coated in sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with plenty of Parmesan cheese for sprinkling.

One Last Thing

Cook the chicken, spinach and sauce while the pasta is cooking to cut down on prep time.

Nutrition

Calories: 555kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 28gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 1081mgPotassium: 446mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5g
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