Creamy Chicken, Mushroom, and Spinach Pasta

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Use your stovetop to prepare this quick and tasty meal with chicken, spinach, mushrooms, and pasta for a weeknight, or for guests! Use one pot for the pasta and one pot for the chicken, veggies and sauce, then combine in a pretty pasta bowl or on a platter.


  • 1 pound farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders, patted dry
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 24 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups roughly chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, or to taste (Optional)


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook bow-tie pasta at a boil, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl or a deep platter.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Season tenders with salt and pepper; place in hot oil and cook until lightly brown on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and cook on other side until light brown, an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate.

Add mushrooms and onion to the hot skillet; cook and stir until onion is lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in chicken broth and mustard. Season with salt and pepper; cook for 5 minutes. Return chicken tenders to skillet and submerge them in broth mixture. Cook until chicken is no longer pink in the center and juices run clear, about 5 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove chicken and place on top of cooked pasta.

Continue to cook sauce until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in cream. Add spinach and stir until wilted, about 1 minute. Pour sauce over chicken and pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garnish with parsley.

Preparation time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Servings: 8 – Yield: –



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