Spend your lazy weekends by relishing a bowl full of chicken pasta loaded with cheese. The best part about this recipe is that it doesn’t take much of your time or efforts. You can simply make this in one single pot without cooking the pasta beforehand. Moreover, you can also make this dish with leftover chicken. Read below to know how to make this dish in 3 easy steps!
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An Easy One-Pot Recipe for Marinara Chicken Pasta
Drizzle some olive oil in a large pot or electric instant pot and heat it over medium-high flame or heat setting. Place the chicken chunks and season with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Mix well and cook for about 5-6 minutes until the chicken is almost done. Remove it on a plate and set aside.
In the same pot, add the minced onion, garlic and cook for about 2-3 minutes until they turn soft. Then add the marinara sauce along with some water and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about a couple of minutes.
Add chicken and pasta to the pot and stir well. Cover and cook for about 10-15 minutes until the pasta is completely done. Add the parmesan cheese and ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese, mix well and sprinkle the remaining ¾ cup mozzarella cheese on top of the dish. Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the cheese melts.
Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and chopped basil. Serve hot with bread.
You can also add pitted Kalamata olives, diced mushrooms, broccoli or any vegetable of your choice before adding the chicken.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which other pasta types other than penne are best for this dish?
You can make this dish using spaghetti, gemelli (twin twist tube), fusilli or rigatoni too.
Can I make this dish using chicken thighs?
Yes. Boneless chicken thighs make another great choice for this dish, as they are one of the fleshiest cuts of chicken.