Garlic Chicken Pasta Recipe

This is a quick and easy garlic chicken pasta recipe - use leftover cooked chicken from your roast to give you a second family meal.

It's amazing how economical a chicken becomes if you have a roast dinner off it one day and then make a second meal.

If you boil the carcass after you've finished you can make a chicken stew and add some herby dumplings to make a third meal! 

You can use fresh chicken if you like - instructions at the bottom of the recipe.


Garlic Chicken Pasta


  • 1lb (500g) pasta, spaghetti or linguine
  • cooked chicken pieces - at least 4oz but more if you have it
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 3 tablespoons cream, yoghurt or creme fraiche
  • large handful of basil - chopped
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • large handful of grated parmesan plus more to serve

Cook the pasta in a large pan according to the instructions on the pack.

Cook the garlic in the oil until soft - about 2 or 3 minutes.

Tear the chicken into very small pieces and add to the garlic. Fry for 1 or 2 minutes to heat through.

Drain the pasta and reserve some cooking water - about a cup.

Return the pasta to the large pan.

Tip in the cooked garlic and chicken mixture.

Stir in the cream, basil and parmesan.

Mix the whole together with wooden tongs or a spoon - if it looks a bit dry, then stir in some of the cooking water to make a creamy sauce that coats the pasta. Just add a tablespoon or so at a time until you get the consistency you want.

Serve immediately into hot bowls with extra parmesan if you like.

I like some garlic bread to serve too.

If you want to use fresh chicken in this recipe, then one chicken breast would be enough - chop very small and cook for about 5 minutes with the garlic instead of just 1 or 2 minutes to warm through.

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Garlic Chicken Pasta Recipe





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Garlic Chicken Pasta Recipe



This simple chicken pasta recipe is a great way of getting a second meal out of leftover roast chicken. You'll be amazed at how tasty it is.





Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4

Main Ingredient: pasta, chicken