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Chicken Avocado Pasta (Date Night Edition)

February 12, 2019 (Last Updated: February 27, 2019)

This Chicken Avocado Pasta is the perfect romantic dinner for two. A quick and easy avocado pasta recipe for the most delicious date night dinner! 

Oooo we do love a date night dinner here at the Don’t Go Bacon My Heart HQ. Mainly to pretend it’s for two people, but in reality I’m actually eating the whole thing to myself. However, this time it was actually for two 😂 I even made hubby help with the filming (you’ve got to earn your dinner right!?). 

Chicken Avocado Pasta in a heart shaped bowl

Avocado Chicken Pasta

Let’s be real here, the only power couple in this situation is chicken and avocado. There’s literally no other combo I want all up in my face at any given moment. But introduce pasta into the equation!? Oh my. We’re in trouble. And so is my waistline. Anywho, let’s continue.

The components of this chicken avocado pasta are: linguine, wrapped in a creamy avocado sauce with roasted cherry tomatoes, topped with grilled chicken strips.

The Perfect Date Night Dinner

What makes this the perfect dinner for two?

Well, firstly it’s truly delicious, and who doesn’t want a delicious dinner on date night?

Secondly it’s incredibly quick and easy to make. Nobody really wants to be slaving away in the kitchen trying to follow a ridiculously hard recipe on date night.

Lastly, pasta. Because if love isn’t eating extreme amounts of pasta together then I don’t know what love is.

Avocado Chicken Pasta closeup with garlic bread and salad

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

These really are the secret weapon to this dish. A gorgeous burst of sweetness and some nice colour contrast. They bulk out the pasta too, which is great if you’re opting to leave out the grilled chicken.

To get the most out of your roasted cherry tomatoes, you want to roast them low and slow. As low as 150c/300f for as long as 1+hours. However, to keep things easy, I usually pop them in the oven at a higher temp until they just begin to burst.

Either way, you MUST make sure you keep the juices. So much yummy flavour!

Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce

Okay, let’s talk sauce. Here’s what you need:

  • Ripe Avocado
  • Fresh Basil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper

That’s it! No cream needed, ironically.

How to make Creamy Avocado Pasta

  1. Roast cherry tomatoes in a drizzle of olive oil and a hearty pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Blitz together your sauce ingredients, pouring in starchy pasta water as needed to thin out.
  3. Toss through linguine, or long cut pasta of choice. Pour in roasted cherry tomatoes (with the juices).

How to make Pasta with a creamy avocado sauce and roasted cherry tomatoes - step by step photos

Grilled Chicken

I was quite conscious with this recipe that the chicken added something to the dish, yet wasn’t too overpowering. I couldn’t quite bring myself to simply season with just salt and pepper, so here is a simple, yet flavoursome marinade.

Grilled Chicken Marinade

  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Garlic
  • Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper

Just 1/4 tsp of each seasoning does the world of good.

Tips for juicy Grilled Chicken

  1. Firstly, as you guessed, use a marinade. Not only will this inject flavour into the chicken, but the lemon juice will actually tenderise the meat. 
  2. Make sure you bring your chicken to room temp before you grill it. Cooking cold meat always results in a chewier texture than if cooked at room temp.
  3. Allow the chicken to rest after it’s cooked. This is potentially the most important. Resting the meat means it will soak back up the juices which would have once escaped.

How to grill Chicken Breast

  1. Butterfly the breast to make two thin, even breasts.
  2. Pop in a zip lock bag with your marinade and marinate for up to 8 hours.
  3. Let the chicken come to room temp, then grill over high heat for a few minutes each side until charred and just white through the centre. Allow to rest, then slice when ready to serve.

How to grill chicken - step by step photos

When it comes to what to serve with chicken avocado pasta, in this case I’ve opted for parmesan, fresh basil leaves, a side salad and garlic bread.

And if you’ve got a heart shaped bowl then it definitely helps 😂

Having said that, although this does make a romantic dinner, it also makes a quick and easy lunch! 

One final thing to note is that this is perfect for vegans too. As the avocado pasta sauce is dairy free, all you’d need to do is leave out the chicken and you’re good to go!

Okay, time to tuck into the recipe, I’m hungry.

Romantic dinner setup - chicken avocado pasta with red wine, salad and garlic bread

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How to make Chicken Avocado Pasta (Full Recipe & Video)

Chicken Avocado Pasta in a heart shaped bowl

Chicken Avocado Pasta (Date Night Edition)

This Chicken Avocado Pasta is the perfect romantic dinner for two. A quick and easy avocado pasta recipe for the most delicious date night dinner!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Date Night
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 740kcal

Ingredients

  • 7oz / 200g Linguine, cooked to packet instruction (saving 1 cup starchy pasta water)

Creamy Avocado Sauce

  • 1/4 cup/ 60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large Avocado, ripe but not bruised
  • 1 handful Fresh Basil
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice only (or to taste)
  • Starchy Pasta Water, as needed
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

Grilled Chicken

  • 1 large Chicken Breast, butterflied
  • 1/4 tsp each: Dried Oregano, Dried Thyme, Garlic, Salt
  • drizzle of Olive Oil
  • squeeze of Lemon Juice
  • Black Pepper, to taste

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

  • 1 cup / 200g Cherry Tomatoes
  • drizzle of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

To Serve

  • Parmesan
  • Fresh Basil
  • Side Salad (see notes)
  • Garlic Bread

Instructions

  • In an oven tray, combine your cherry tomato ingredients and roast in the oven for 10-12mins at 200c/390f. For a more intense flavour roast at a low temp over a longer period of time (as low as 150c/300f for as long as 1hour+).
  • Meanwhile, in a zip lock bag combine your grilled chicken ingredients and allow to marinade for as long as you have time for (up to 8 hours). Grill on high heat for a few mins each side, until just white through the centre, then allow to rest to one side. Just before serving, slice into strips, ensuring you slice against the grain and at an angle.
  • In a food processor, combine your avocado sauce ingredients, using pasta water to thin out as needed and adjusting seasoning to preference. Toss through your pasta, then add in your tomatoes (with all the yummy juices from the pan). 
  • Serve with sliced grilled chicken on top, a heavy sprinkling of parmesan, a side salad and some garlic bread.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes

a) Side Salad - Here I simply used Rocket/Arugula, Pine Nuts, Red Onion, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon Juice and Seasoning. Also, check out my Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe!
 
b) Calories based on no sides or toppings, just the pasta, sauce and tomatoes.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Avocado Pasta (Date Night Edition)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 740 Calories from Fat 448
% Daily Value*
Fat 49.81g77%
Saturated Fat 7.349g37%
Trans Fat 0.015g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6.094g
Monounsaturated Fat 33.778g
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 191mg8%
Potassium 989mg28%
Carbohydrates 46.22g15%
Fiber 10.1g40%
Sugar 4.81g5%
Protein 30.99g62%
Vitamin A 3500IU70%
Vitamin C 44.6mg54%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* 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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For another date night dinner idea, check out my Date Night Baked Gnocchi with Bacon!

Date Night Baked Gnocchi with Bacon

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Benita
    February 17, 2019 at 7:41 am

    The creamy avocado sauce looks delicious. And the presentation is such a clever idea! Could you please provide some details about the maker and source of the white heart-shaped serving dish? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Chris
      February 17, 2019 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you for your kind words! I actually got it from TK MAXX (or TJ MAXX) depending on where you are in the world. I think the brand is ‘sophie conran for portmeirion’. Hope this helps 🙂

  • Reply
    Eden | Sweet Tea and Thyme
    February 14, 2019 at 3:52 pm


    Looks amazing and so easy! And I love the heart shaped serving dish, it’s so cute.

    • Reply
      Chris
      February 14, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      It’s my fave! ❤️

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff
    February 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm


    That avocado sauce sounds amazing! Loving that heart-shaped bowl too, perfect!

    • Reply
      Chris
      February 14, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      It’s so cute isn’t it!?

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    February 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm


    Love the creamy avocado sauce and then you use roasted tomatoes… I’m sold. This is definitely screaming date night dinner.

    • Reply
      Chris
      February 14, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      Yup! It’s got date night dinner written all over it!!

  • Reply
    Carroline
    February 14, 2019 at 3:28 pm


    Looks like a delicious meal. Like the sound of the sauce and those roasted tomatoes must give a great pop of flavor (as well as color). Yum!

    • Reply
      Chris
      February 14, 2019 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks Caroline! The roasted tomatoes certainly add so much to the dish 🙂

  • Reply
    ali randall
    February 14, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    What a delicious looking recipe. I love chicken pasta and love the idea of the avocado cream sauce. I think this would make the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner.

    • Reply
      Chris
      February 14, 2019 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks Ali, it certainly would! 🙂

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