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Basil Chicken and Pasta

"This is a great quick meal; the chicken and sauce can be prepared in the time it takes to cook the pasta. You can add more cream or less pasta if you like it creamier. Try ziti or farfalle pasta to add even more variety to this recipe. The leftovers don't heat very well, so eat it all up the first time!"
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servings 535 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Calories:
  • 535 kcal
  • 27%
  • Fat:
  • 31.3 g
  • 48%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.6g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 34.5 g
  • 69%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 167 mg
  • 56%
  • Sodium:
  • 224 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. In a large pot with boiling salted water cook rotini pasta until al dente. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet melt the butter or margarine. Add the chopped chicken and garlic, saute until lightly brown and juices run clear. Stir in the ground black pepper, dried basil, heavy cream, and grated Parmesan cheese. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Toss drained pasta with basil sauce and serve immediately.

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I thought this recipe was fantastic!! Upon seeing what ingrediants were called for, I decided that a vegetable was needed to add color (and I like some sort a veggie in all my pastas). approx 2...

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Simple and filling, yet bland. I added chopped cooked "crisp-tender" broccoli and sauted red peppers on the advice of the most helpful reviewer, and these were welcome additions. Increasing the ...

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I thought this recipe was fantastic!! Upon seeing what ingrediants were called for, I decided that a vegetable was needed to add color (and I like some sort a veggie in all my pastas). approx 2...

Super simple and quick. I've made it 3 times and made the following revisions: Definitely use fresh basil (2tsp dried should be 2tbs fresh), add a chopped shallot to perk up the flavor, and doub...

I took the suggestions of making more sauce (added more garlic, *fresh* basil, cheese, cream) and last time added a bit (a really teeny bit) of sugar . I definitely recommend trying that. It t...

I believe that this is actually a 4.5 star recipe, but still excellent! I made a few changes to suit health and ingredients I had on hand. Used spaghetti, which was nice, but next time I would...

This was very good. I agree that the sauce should be doubled. I also increased the parmesan cheese to 1/3 cup (we really like it). Fresh mushrooms would be a great addition. Thanks for the recip...

My husband and I really like this dish. I have made it several times, making slight changes each time. Last time was our favorite. I added yellow bell pepper, extra cheese, 2 cups heavy cream...

This was excellent! Definitely a keeper. I doubled the sauce and used fresh basil and fresh parmesan. I also added a diced red bell pepper and diced tomatoes at the last minute. Very quick and ...

I really enjoyed this recipe. I added extra butter and omitted the cream!! I truly enjoyed this recipe!! It will be in rotation in my household.

The flavor of this is to die for!!!! I love how speedy this is to make. Great in a pinch and tasted like I cooked all day. I made this as a main dish. So for my family I used the 12 oz. ...