Chicken & Asparagus Pasta

January 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm 4 comments

According to my weekly menu I was suppose to make chicken and mushroom pasta but since we just had a “mushroom pasta” yesterday I decided to do a switcheroo.

(Recipe from | photos from me!)

Makes 8 servings
Calories/serving = 318
WW pts/serving = 6


1 (16 ounce) package dry penne pasta (I used bow tie pasta)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast meat – cut into bite-size pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
12 ounces asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute chicken until firm and lightly browned; remove from pan. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Cook and stir garlic, asparagus, and red pepper flakes in oil until asparagus is tender. Stir in chicken, and cook for 2 minutes to blend the flavors. Season with salt and pepper.

Toss pasta with chicken and asparagus mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


Husband rating: A-
He liked the chicken and asparagus but felt it was kinda bland.

Wifey rating: A-/B+
I agree with hubs. Its a very “light” pasta but maybe some white wine or chicken broth to add some more flavor? *shrugs


Entry filed under: chicken, pasta, veggie, weight watcher.

NFR: 1-25 I.Randomness Homemade Vanilla Sugar

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. NinaBeth  |  January 25, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Only 6 WW points, you’re getting lower! :) Too bad it’s bland tasting though…. I still may give it a try.

  • 2. CB  |  January 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    NINA, I am trying to be better for you but this pasta was missing something. Probably something that is HIGH in points though. haha. Maybe next time I’ll add some herbs or white wine or broth? If you give it a try let me know if you add any changes that make it less bland, k?

  • 3. HowToEatACupcake  |  January 25, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    maybe roasting the asparagus would lend a little more flavor… or maybe this sauce from

  • 4. CB  |  January 25, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    HOWTOEAT, omg. You said the magic words – Olive Garden! My hubs loves OG. thanks for the recipe!


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