Creamy Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta: A Comforting Delight

Creamy, cheesy, and loaded with flavors, Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta is a dish that will win the hearts of your entire family. Tender chunks of chicken breast, generous amounts of parmesan, and a garlicky homemade cream sauce combine perfectly with penne pasta to create a remarkable culinary experience.

Have a busy weeknight ahead? No worries! This recipe can be effortlessly whipped up in a big skillet. And if you prefer the convenience of a crockpot, we’ve got you covered too. Scroll down for instructions on how to make this delectable dish using a slow cooker.

Now, you might have come across other versions of Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta on TikTok, which often use a store-bought garlic parmesan sauce. But in this recipe, we take a different approach. We’ll prepare our garlic Parmesan sauce from scratch, using the same famous recipe that went viral on social media for our Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers. Trust us, this homemade sauce brings out an even more flavorful and garlicky taste, with a delightful kick and plenty of parmesan goodness.

Why You’ll Love Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

This garlic parmesan chicken pasta recipe is a dream come true for garlic lovers like myself. We take garlic to the next level by using at least six large cloves (or more if they’re small) in the recipe. Here’s why you’re going to fall in love with this dish:

  • Garlic lovers unite: This garlic parmesan pasta is super garlicky, satisfying even the most intense garlic cravings.
  • Crock-Pot Friendly: You can choose to cook this dish in a big skillet or simply throw everything in the crockpot for added convenience.
  • Super easy: This recipe is beginner-friendly and doesn’t involve any complicated steps. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just starting your culinary journey, you’ll find it a breeze to make.
  • Amazing smells: The herby comfort food aromas that fill your home while preparing this dish are simply irresistible.
  • Comforting: Indulge in a bowl of creamy, cheesy pasta that will warm your heart. This dish is the epitome of comfort food.
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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Key Ingredients

To make this incredibly flavorful garlic parmesan chicken pasta, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Butter: The base of the garlic parmesan sauce.
  • Parmesan: Grated or shredded parmesan for the sauce and a little extra for topping.
  • Garlic: A generous amount of minced garlic adds that signature garlicky flavor.
  • Chicken: Tender chicken tenders or chicken breasts.
  • Penne Pasta: Cooked al dente to perfection. You can use any pasta shape you prefer, but penne works exceptionally well in this dish, allowing the sauce to cling to every bite.
  • Cream Cheese & Heavy Cream: These ingredients create a luxurious and velvety cream sauce.
  • Hot Sauce and Red Pepper Flakes: For those who love a touch of heat, a combination of hot sauce and red pepper flakes adds a delightful kick.

How to Make Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to prepare this recipe. In just under 30 minutes, you’ll have a mouthwatering dish ready to impress. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Make Easy Garlic Parm Sauce

In a medium bowl, partially melt the butter. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well until the sauce is smooth and well-combined.

Step 2: Season & Cook Chicken

Rub the chicken with a few splashes of olive oil, ensuring the seasonings stick to it. Season the chicken thoroughly and brown it in a skillet over medium heat. Flip the chicken, reduce the heat to low, and add a heaping spoonful of the garlic parmesan sauce. Allow the sauce to melt as the chicken continues to cook. Toss the chicken in the sauce to coat it evenly. Once the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the chicken and tent it with foil to keep it warm.

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Step 3: Make Cream Sauce

Using the same pan, pour in the remaining garlic parmesan sauce. Add cubes of softened cream cheese and pour in the heavy cream, increasing the heat to medium-low. Allow the sauce to heat through until the cream cheese has melted. Meanwhile, cook penne pasta to al dente in a separate pot. Cut the chicken into chunks and add it to the simmering sauce.

Step 4: Assemble Garlic Parm Pasta

Add 1/3 cup of pasta water to the sauce and mix well. Add the al dente pasta and stir to combine. For even more flavor, sprinkle in another handful of parmesan, minced parsley, and red pepper flakes. Serve this comforting delight warm with your favorite breadsticks or garlic bread.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Crock Pot Instructions

For those who prefer the convenience of a crockpot, follow these steps:

Add seasoned chicken into the crockpot. Cover the chicken with the garlic parmesan sauce, cubed cream cheese, and cream. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. Once the chicken easily falls apart when gently pressed with two forks, break it up into chunks and toss all the ingredients together until well combined and the sauce is smooth. Keep the crockpot on warm.

Cook the penne pasta to al dente in salted water, then add it directly into the crockpot. Sprinkle in some extra parmesan, minced parsley, and red pepper flakes for added flavor. Serve this comforting delight warm with garlic bread for a satisfying meal.

If you’re on the lookout for more comforting recipes, be sure to check out these options:

  • Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers
  • Tuscan Chicken Pasta
  • Smothered Chicken and Gravy
  • Chicken Tetrazzini
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We hope you enjoy preparing and savoring this garlic parmesan chicken pasta recipe! Don’t forget to share your creations on Instagram and tag us @BadBatchBaking. We love featuring your recreations on our story. Happy cooking!