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Creamy Chicken Pasta with Spinach

Katelyn Ryan
Creamy Chicken Pasta with Spinach is creamy, flavorful, and subtly spicy. This dish is made similar to a Penne Alla Vodka but with more cream and some delicious inclusions like chicken and spinach. Ready in 30-minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 560 kcal


  • 12 oz uncooked pasta
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoon vodka
  • cups heavy cream
  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • ¼ cup fresh basil torn into small pieces; plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Boil water and cook the pasta to al dente according to the package instructions. Reserve a ¼ cup of starchy pasta water.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Add the chicken to the pan and cook for about 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through and an internal temperature of 165°. Remove the chicken from the pan. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before cutting it into thin slices.
  • With the same nonstick pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the shallots and garlic and cook until fragrant and translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and cook for one minute.
  • Stir the tomato paste into the shallot-garlic mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, until the paste has coated the shallots and garlic, and begins to darken, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Carefully add the vodka to the pan and stir to incorporate, scraping any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Reduce the heat slightly to medium-low. Add the heavy whipping cream, stirring constantly until combined. Stir in the parmesan cheese until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Finally, stir in the cooked pasta, spinach, basil, chicken, and starchy pasta water. Toss until pasta is coated with the sauce and spinach has wilted slightly. Garnish with additional parmesan cheese and basil. Serve immediately.


Calories: 560kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 20gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 245mgPotassium: 602mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 3411IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 137mgIron: 2mg
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