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Easy Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta

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Easy Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta is a one-pot meal that will leave you wanting seconds & thirds. It is the perfect healthy and easy weeknight meal.

Ok, this recipe is finally here! If you follow me on Insta then you have seen me make this Easy Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta with Banza Pasta SO MANY times since the beginning of the year. It has been highly requested and here you have it!

cast iron skillet of Easy Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta with a spoon and gray napkin

Our Costco had Banza Pasta on the shelves at the beginning of the year. I had been curious to try it because I had seen so many people eat it and I am a fan now! Honestly, the biggest appeal for me was the 14g of protein and 8g of fiber per serving. Forget having protein and fiber with regular pasta – not happening.

I was curious to see how it cooked and tasted. I have not cooked it on its own yet because I have been obsessed with this recipe – for good reason 😉

From what I can tell so far is it cooked slightly differently than regular pasta. It breaks down a little more easily and it’s easy to overcook. However in this recipe in particular, if you just keep stirring, you can prevent this from sticking to the bottom and overcooking.

Ingredients Needed for Easy Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta

  • 1 Tablespoon EVOO
  • 1/2 Onion – chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves – minced
  • 8 Ounces Roasted Red Peppers – chopped
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Bag of Banza Pasta – regular pasta or another pasta alternative can be subbed
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth Broth
  • 3-4 Handfuls of Spinach
  • 1 Pound Chicken
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan – freshly grated
  • 1/4 Cup Mozerella 
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
2 white plates of Pasta with silver spoons

How to Make Easy Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta

  1. Chop & dice 1/2 an onion and add to a cast-iron skillet set on medium heat with olive oil. Saute until translucent – about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in minced garlic cooking for another couple of minutes.
  3. Add in the roughly chopped roasted red peppers and red pepper flakes. Then stir in 1 8ounce box of Banza Chickpea pasta.
  4. Add 1 cup of broth to the skillet, stir and place a lid on, letting the pasta cook for 5-8 minutes. Be sure to stir every minute or so to ensure the pasta is not sticking to the skillet.
  5. Once the pasta is almost cooked, add a couple of handfuls of spinach to the skillet. Place the lid back on so the spinach can wilt. Continue stirring.
  6. Finally, add in 1 pound of cooked and chopped chicken *, parmesan and mozzarella. Stir to make sure all is combined.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

This is a one-skillet 30-minute meal that is getting us through the weeknights around here. It makes a ton, super filling (hello high in fiber!) and we can eat on it for the next couple of days.

I don’t know what it is, I am assuming it is the pasta, but the combo with that, the broth, and the little bit of cheese – it creates this luscious creamy situation that I can’t get enough of.

Can I Use Regular Pasta Instead of Chickpea Pasta?

Of course!

Regular pasta can be subbed if you do not have any pasta alternatives on hand, but give it a try if you haven’t! I think it will surprise you! You can find them at almost every major grocery stores now.

Tell me below if you have tried this and if you like it too. Happy 30-minute meals!

eating a bite of chicken pasta pff a white plate with a cast iron skillet in the background

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Easy Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta


  • Author: Heather
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 68 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Easy Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta is a one-pot meal that will leave you wanting seconds & thirds. It is the perfect healthy and easy weeknight meal.


Ingredients

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  • 1 Tablespoon EVOO
  • 1/2 Onion – chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves – minced
  • 8 Ounces Roasted Red Peppers – chopped
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Bag of Banza Pastaregular pasta or pasta alternative can be subbed
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth Broth
  • 34 Handfuls of Spinach
  • 1 Pound Chicken
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan – freshly grated
  • 1/4 Cup Mozerella 
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop & dice 1/2 an onion and add to a cast-iron skillet set on medium heat with olive oil. Sautee until translucent – about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in minced garlic cooking for another couple of minutes.
  3. Add in the roughly chopped roasted red peppers and red pepper flakes. Then stir in 1 8ounce box of Banza Chickpea pasta.
  4. Add 1 cup of broth to the skillet, stir and place a lid on, letting the pasta cook for 5-8 minutes. Be sure to stir every minute or so to ensure the pasta is not sticking to the skillet.
  5. Once the pasta is almost cooked, add a couple of handfuls of spinach to the skillet. Place the lid back on so the spinach can wilt. Continue stirring.
  6. Finally, add in 1 pound of cooked and chopped chicken *, parmesan and mozzarella. Stir to make sure all is combined.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Notes

  • Any kind of chicken can be used. Chicken that has been cooked and prepared ahead of time, rotisserie chicken, etc. If you would like to make at the same time, dice chicken and add to the cast iron skillet with olive oil and saute until cooked through at the very beginning. Continue with step one and the onions from then on.
  • Be sure to stir often. I found the chickpea pasta breaks down a little more than regular pasta and can easily stick to the bottom of the skillet. Stir often and do not overcook to ensure that doesn’t happen.
  • Leftovers can be enjoyed for 3-4 days after.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner-Patsa
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 scoop
  • Calories: 210
  • Sugar: 1.9 g
  • Sodium: 213.7 mg
  • Fat: 5.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.7 g
  • Fiber: 4.7 g
  • Protein: 22.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 44.4 mg

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4 Comments

  1. Can you sub something for roasted red peppers? My family is not a fan but I think this sounds soooo yummy otherwise!

     
    • Absolutely! Sundried or regular cherry tomatoes sliced out be delicious. Or if you want to go a totally different route, asparagus or maybe diced zucchini! Or you can just leave out altogether. It is super flexible!

       
  2. Food! Is the atmosphere that builds bridges between friends & families.

    I love your recipes it gives me things to turn into Vegan or Vegetarian meals.

    Let’s keep on cooking.

     

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