Quick midweek Angel Hair Pasta and Chicken with Creamy Garlic Sauce is on the table in twenty minutes go to whoa! The secret is to use just one pan which includes cooking the pasta in the sauce. No waiting for water to boil, no messy extra pot and colander to wash up, no gluggy pasta, just pasta and chicken coated in a luxurious creamy parmesan and garlic sauce. Too easy!
This recipe for Angel Hair Pasta and Chicken with Creamy Garlic Sauce is not complicated. It’s pure comfort food for when you want dinner in a hurry, but don’t want to compromise on flavour. Check out the short video below to see just how easy this is to make.
At a Glance This Is What You Need To Make Angel Hair Pasta and Chicken with Creamy Garlic Sauce
chicken stock cubes
extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly milled black pepper
angel hair pasta
Why use Angel Hair Pasta?
Angel hair pasta is perfect for a super quick mid-week meal because as the name suggests it’s as thin as angel hair and cooks in just minutes. We’ve removed the step of firstly boiling the pasta, and because it’s so thin we’ve cooked the pasta in the sauce. Got to love a one-pan washup!
Check out our Garlic Prawn and Chorizo Pasta for another quick midweek meal.
How much Angel Hair Pasta per Person?
Don’t you hate it when you dont know how much pasta to cook per person. You either end up with too much pasta left over – or a shortage resulting in a bowl full of sauce.
As a Guideline Allow:
Dried Pasta : allow 75 -125g (2 1/2 -4 1/2 ounces) per person, depending on how hungry your guests are.
Fresh Pasta : allow 115-150g (4-5 ounces)
Filled Pasta : allow 175-200g (6-7 ounces)
How to Stop Pasta from Sticking Together?
We’ve been asked why does angel hair pasta stick together, or for that matter any pasta. Without boring you with the science behind cooking pasta, let’s break it down into a couple of easy steps. It’s not rocket science, just a very simple matter of adding the pasta to plenty of simmering sauce or water. Briefly stirring the pasta through the liquid ensures that each strand is separate and sealed by the hot liquid as it begins to cook. Cook the pasta until when you bite into a piece it still has the slightest resistance, in Italian this is called Al Dente. That’s it, if you follow these ridiculously easy instructions you’ll be whipping up amazing pasta dishes with ease.
What Goes with Angel Hair Pasta?
Angel hair pasta has to be one of the quickest meals to prepare and is ridiculously versatile as it works with just about everything! Think………..
- angel hair pasta with pesto – if your lucky enough to have basil in the garden whip up a quick fresh pesto sauce or grab of tub from your local supermarket and toss through the angel hair pasta for dinner in minutes
- angel hair pasta with shrimp / prawns – if your budget stretches to shrimp / prawns toss these through our creamy garlic sauce
- angel hair pasta with crab meat – grab yourself a tub of processed crab meat and toss this through the pasta for another quick and delicious dinner. Melt some butter and toss in a little chilli, finely chopped parsley and the crabmeat then toss through the pasta along with a squeeze of lemon juice and a grind of black pepper
- angel hair pasta with herbs – chop up your favourite fresh herbs and toss through the pasta to use as a side to compliment some roasted or grilled chicken think sage leaves panfried in butter or basil and chopped cherry tomatoes with a glug of extra virgin olive oil and some fresh black pepper. How about a chargrilled steak with some melted butter, tarragon and garlic pan fried that’s pan fried for a minute or two and tossed through the pasta. One of our favourites angel hair pasta and salmon. Think of some chopped dill, a little grated lemon zest and a sprinkle of capers warmed with olive oile to go with pan fried salmon.
Watch How To Make Angel Hair Pasta and Chicken with Creamy Garlic Sauce
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Angel Hair Pasta and Chicken with Creamy Garlic Sauce - in one pan
If you love garlic and dislike washing up then this will become a firm favourite to add to your quick to get dinner on the table recipes.
Super tasty and economical. It's a winner!
- 3 medium chicken breasts
- 60 gms butter
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 6 large cloves of garlic finely minced - see notes
- 6 cups chicken stock - 1.6 quarts (we used chicken stock cubes)
- 500g angel hair pasta (1 pound)
- 120 gms grated parmesan cheese 4 1/4 oz
- 375 ml pouring cream 1 1/2 cups
- 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- freshly milled black pepper
- season chicken with salt and pepper
- on a medium heat add half the butter and oil to a large frypan and when the butter melts and gently foams add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes a side
- remove chicken onto a plate and cover with alfoil - see step 3 in the notes below
- add the remaining butter and oil to the pan and gently fry the garlic for a minute or two until the garlic is transparent but not browned
- add stock and bring to the boil
- add pasta and stir briefly to prevent sticking then stir occasionally while the pasta is cooking until most of the stock has been absorbed. Pasta is not fully cooked at this point
- add cream, parmesan and parsley
- mix and gently simmer until pasta is almost cooked, remove from heat- see step 8 in the notes below
- slice chicken and add to pasta tossing to coat the chicken
- serve and enjoy!
- step 3. to ensure moist chicken remove from the pan just before it's fully cooked and cover with foil. Chicken will finish cooking while resting. After resting, if you find it's still needs a little more time, slice and add to the pasta at step 7. when you add the cheese, cream and parsley and allow the sauce to finish the cooking 1 - 2 minutes
- step 8. pasta should be still a little firm in the middle when you remove it from the heat - remember this pasta is very thin and will finish cooking while you serve it.
- Overcooking results in gluggy pasta and we don't want that!
- Don't panic if you have over cooked the pasta and the sauce has been absorbed by the pasta you can easily rescue it by adding a 1/4 hot water or more if needed and stirring until the sauce loosens.
Amount Per Serving Calories 1140Total Fat 75gSaturated Fat 37gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 32gCholesterol 246mgSodium 1414mgCarbohydrates 61gFiber 3gSugar 10gProtein 56g
Nutritional information provided here is only intended as a guide.
Just made this wonderful angel hair pasta. My youngest only eats angel hair with garlic & oil so this recipe was perfect. We all loved it. I have been cooking over 60+Yrs and this one skillet deal really works for me. Thanks many times over.
Hello Gloria, we’re thrilled that you’ve added another one pan pasta dish to your repertoire. Thanks for commenting. Regards Jo and Jen