Garlic Chicken Spaghetti

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Some rough days just really need a super simple yet super flavorful dinner. Garlic Chicken Spaghetti is the perfect recipe for that. You probably have all of the ingredients already in your house for this one – and it is so fast to put together, you will feel like you didn’t really do anything.

Garlic Chicken Spaghetti

There is a bit of controversy about using pasta water to thicken sauces – but to be honest – it does work. That starch that comes off the pasta really does help to thicken a simple oil sauce. I wouldn’t put it up against a cream or milk-based sauce, but for a light sauce – it’s a win.

Garlic Chicken Spaghetti

I realize it seems like a lot of garlic – but seriously, can you call it Garlic Chicken Spaghetti if it doesn’t have a big garlic flavor? I do use the minced California Garlic – I go through probably 3 jars of it a month. In general – 1 tsp equals one clove of garlic minced. It has great flavor with minimal effort which is so needed for weeknight meals! Be sure to use GRATED and not SHREDDED Parmesan cheese for this dish – you want the flavor but not the big presence. So you want it to mostly dissolve in the oil sauce and not stay in shreds. If you wanted to throw in some ribbons of spinach to get that veggie count in – you could totally do that when you add the cheese.

Garlic Chicken Spaghetti

I didn’t do a side with this, but a crusty bread or side salad would be great. You could also do a simple roasted asparagus. Layout 1.5 pounds of asparagus (bottoms trimmed) on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and black pepper. Bake for 25 minutes at 400deg.

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Garlic Chicken Spaghetti

A super fast, super tasty simple weeknight dinner that is full of flavor
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Chicken, Garlic, Parmesan, Pasta, pasta dishes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 lb Chicken Breast boneless, skinless
  • 1 qt Chicken Broth
  • 6 Garlic Cloves minced, divided
  • lb Spaghetti
  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese grated


  • Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, add chicken, chicken broth and half of garlic. Cook for 20 minutes. Then remove from pan and chop into bite-sized pieces.
  • Add pasta to water and cook as directed on package. Reserve ¾ cup of pasta water. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water.
  • In a large sauce pan over medium heat, add oil, remaining garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Add cooked pasta and stir for 3 minutes. Add reserved pasta water, chicken and parsley. Cook another 3 minutes. Remove from heat, then add cheese and toss to coat.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

4 thoughts on “Garlic Chicken Spaghetti

  1. I love pasta dishes and this is another to add to my go to stash. It looks delicious and it’s quick. You can’t beat that. Thank you for sharing at #omhgww. See you next week!
    #omhgww, #aclwcc, #party, #linkup

  2. shelbeeontheedge1 – Watertown, NY – Over 40 Blogger living on the edge of sanity, midlife, and fashion. Army wife, boymom, and serious coffee drinker.
    shelbeeontheedge1 says:

    This is right up my alley, Estelle! I just mentioned last night that I was in the mood for a good garlicy pasta dish! Thanks for linking with me!


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