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Chicken and Mushroom Pasta

October 22, 2019 (Last Updated: October 28, 2019)

This Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta is so simple to make, yet absolutely bursting with flavour. Say hello to your new go-to creamy pasta recipe!

overhead shot of chicken and mushroom pasta with parsley to garnish

Creamy Chicken Mushroom Pasta

Literally, is there any better combo than cream, pasta, chicken and mushroom? The answer’s absolutely not, in case you were wondering. I love this recipe for so many reasons, here’s why I’m confident you’ll love it too:

  • Flavourful – I find lot of creamy pasta recipes out there lacking in flavour. With a few simple tips and carefully tested ingredients, this creamy pasta will not disappoint your palate!
  • Soft and Juicy Chicken – Instead of dicing up chicken and frying it, I’ll show you in just a sec how to get mouthwateringly juicy chicken in the pasta.
  • EASY! – Yup, this chicken mushroom pasta couldn’t be easier to make.

The chicken is one of the stars of the show here, so it’s important to treat it right. No dicing, chopping and frying right away. Here’s how to get perfectly cooked chicken for your pasta:

How to cook chicken for pasta (quick summary)

  1. Bring your chicken to room temp.
  2. Slice through the centre to make 4 even sized breasts.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, then coat with garlic powder, thyme, salt and pepper.
  4. Fry over medium heat for a few mins on each side until golden and just cooked through the centre.
  5. Remove from pan and rest, don’t slice until you need to.

Bringing the chicken to room temp ensures it doesn’t seize up when it hits the heat, you only need it just cooked through as it will continue cooking whilst resting, and resting ensures the juices are retained before slicing.

How to cook chicken for pasta - 5 step by step photos

Top Tip #1 – When it comes to slicing, ensure you slice at a slight angle and make sure you slice against the natural grain of the chicken. This will ensure your chicken is as soft as possible!

Creamy Chicken Mushroom Sauce

When it comes to the sauce itself, there’s a couple of nifty tricks to consider.

The first is using a small amount of white wine. This will cut through the richness of the sauce and once reduced down, adds a gorgeous background flavour to the sauce. It’s also great to help scrape the flavour off the pan! Just ensure it’s a dry white wine, not sweet.

The second is of course using parmesan, but add it once the sauce has thickened, not to thicken the sauce. I find that when you add the parmesan too soon it just gets lost in the sauce and the flavour slightly lacks. Add it just before adding the pasta for best results! Also ensure it’s freshly grated, not the powdered stuff you can get. The powdered stuff can leave the sauce with a grainy texture.

Finally, creamy pasta sauces do dry up very quickly. I recommend scooping out some starchy pasta water and using it to thin out as needed. The starch molecules help emulsify the sauce.

How to make Chicken Mushroom Pasta (quick summary)

  1. Melt butter in pan.
  2. Add mushrooms.
  3. Fry until golden.
  4. Add wine, reduce down, then pour in chicken stock.
  5. Pour in cream and simmer to thicken.
  6. Add parmesan, parsley and seasoning.
  7. Stir in pasta.
  8. Add chicken strips.

How to make chicken and mushroom pasta - 8 step by step photos

Perfect Mushrooms!

Right, we’ve discussed chicken, we’ve talked about the creamy sauce, now let’s talk mushrooms. I go into how to perfectly pan fry mushrooms in my creamy mushroom pasta recipe in a lot more detail, but for now here’s a quick summary:

Tips for how to pan fry mushrooms

  1. Don’t overcrowd – space out the mushrooms in the pan so they don’t steam.
  2. Leave to brown – try not to frequently move the mushrooms around, you want them to caramelize on both sides. Constant contact with the pan will encourage this.
  3. Salt after – season them when they’re nearly cooked. Adding salt at the start will pull out water and prevent the mushrooms from browning efficiently. 
What mushrooms to use – I personally like Chestnut Mushrooms for this recipe. I like their ‘meaty’ texture/taste. However you can use any mushroom you fancy, I’ve personally used button, shiitake and diced portobello for this recipe and all work great!

closeup shot of chicken mushroom pasta in skillet, focus on mushroom

And there we have it! Perfectly cooked chicken and mushroom pasta is yours for the taking. Just a quick summary before we tuck in:

Tips for the best chicken mushroom pasta (quick summary)

  • Chicken – fry at room temp, until just cooked through, then allow to rest before slicing at an angle.
  • Sauce – reduce down white wine, add parmesan once thickened and use starchy pasta water to thin out as needed.
  • Mushrooms – give them space, don’t move them around and season once nearly cooked.

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into this creamy chicken mushroom pasta recipe shall we?!

chicken mushroom pasta served in white bowl with fork digging in

How to make Chicken and Mushroom Pasta (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of chicken and mushroom pasta with parsley to garnish

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta

This Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta is so simple to make, yet absolutely bursting with flavour! Say hello to your new go-to creamy pasta recipe!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, British
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 600kcal
Cost per serving: ยฃ3 / $4

Equipment

  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • 12" Skillet & Wooden Spoon
  • Large Pot (for pasta)
  • Jug (for stock)
  • Fine Grater (for parmesan)

Ingredients

  • 10.5oz / 300g Pasta of choice (here I use Trottole)
  • 7oz / 200g Chestnut Mushrooms, quartered (or variety of choice)
  • 2 Chicken Breasts (approx 7oz/200g each)
  • 1 1/4 cups / 310ml Heavy/Double Cream
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Chicken Stock
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Dry White Wine
  • 2oz / 60g finely grated Parmesan (save a pinch to garnish)
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley, plus extra to garnish
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp each: Dried Thyme, Salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper (plus more to taste)

Instructions

  • Bring your chicken breasts to room temp, then slice through the centre to make 4 equal sized breasts. Coat in 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp thyme and salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper.
  • Fry over medium heat for a few mins each side until golden and just cooked through the centre. Remove from pan and allow to rest. Just before needed, slice your chicken into thin strips, ensuring you cut at a slight angle and against the natural grain of the chicken.
  • Keep the heat on a medium and melt in 2 tbsp unsalted butter. Add 7oz/200g mushrooms and fry until golden. Try not to move them about too much, you want them caramelized on all sides. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Pour in 1/4cup/60ml white wine and let it reduce until nearly gone. This is important so it doesn't overpower the sauce. Use your wooden spoon to scrape off the flavour from the pan.
  • Pour in 1/2cup/125ml chicken stock, then stir in 1.25cups/310ml heavy cream. If the stock is rapidly bubbling lower the heat before you pour in the cream, otherwise it may curdle.
  • Allow to thicken for 5-10mins. Meanwhile cook 10.5oz/300g pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Retain a cup of starchy pasta water before draining.
  • Stir in most of your 2oz/60g parmesan and 1 tbsp parsley. Season to taste, then pour in your pasta. Stir to coat, then add your chicken strips. Give it a good stir, using your starchy pasta water to thin out as necessary.
  • Serve with extra parmesan and parsley.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes

a) Pasta - You can really use any pasta you want. I quite like the shorter, chunky pasta with the big chunks of chicken/mushrooms. But a longer cut pasta would also work great.
b) Mushrooms - Again, feel free to use any variety you like. I like the 'meaty' taste of the chestnut mushroom, but others work fine. Whatever you do make sure you don't overcrowd the pan and move them about too much. Both of these things will steam the mushrooms instead of browning them.
c) Wine - I highly recommend using this. They sell mini bottles in most grocery stores for next to nothing. The alcohol will burn off, but if you don't want to use it just sub more chicken stock.
d) Consistency - Ensure you thicken the sauce before adding the parmesan, don't use the parmesan to thicken the sauce. The sauce will thicken, so just keep simmering until it does. With the same token it does dry up very quickly, so use your starchy pasta water to thin out when this happens (important the pasta water is starchy and seasoned, otherwise will dilute the flavour).
e) Leftovers - Creamy pastas are notorious for not reheating well as they often go greasy. So don't use the microwave. Heat it up in a pan with a splash of cream or milk to retain it's 'sauciness'
f) Calories - based on sharing between 4 people.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 600 Calories from Fat 376
% Daily Value*
Fat 41.77g64%
Saturated Fat 22.936g115%
Trans Fat 0.126g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.528g
Monounsaturated Fat 13.385g
Cholesterol 196mg65%
Sodium 737mg31%
Potassium 496mg14%
Carbohydrates 25.27g8%
Fiber 2.2g9%
Sugar 3.71g4%
Protein 29.58g59%
Vitamin A 1499IU30%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 195mg20%
Iron 2.07mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Katheirne
    October 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    5 stars
    This dish looks so creamy and easy. I can’t wait to try it.

  • Reply
    Paula Montenegro
    October 23, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    5 stars
    A super flavorful and easy dish! The detailed images and instructions are simply perfect! A great post with a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw
    October 23, 2019 at 11:46 am

    5 stars
    The combination of wine, cheese, cream, chicken, pasta, and mushrooms are making me DROOL!! This dish looks incredible!!! This is the perfect comfort food on a cold night.

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    October 23, 2019 at 11:43 am

    5 stars
    So creamy….this is like the ultimate comfort food with the creamy pasta and mushrooms. It looks incredible!

  • Reply
    Dannii
    October 23, 2019 at 10:00 am

    This is such a classic and hearty pasta dish.

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