Italian Chicken Pasta with Artichokes

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This easy and delicious Italian chicken pasta recipe is filled with large chunks of chicken, tender artichoke hearts, and sun-dried tomatoes.

Forkful of Italian chicken pasta with artichokes.

Pasta night is the best night in our house, not just for the kiddos (who are pasta-fanatics), but for this busy working mama who is all about a quick and easy weeknight dinner! Most pantries always have some pasta on the shelf, and chicken breasts are a staple in the freezer. Using mostly pantry staples, this Italian Chicken Pasta with Artichokes comes together in just under 20 minutes! So you can focus on more important things.

Ingredients

  • Pasta: I like to use whole wheat pasta when available for the higher fiber, but use any you have! I like penne or bowties usually.
  • Chicken breasts: A good lean protein that is both easily accessible and affordable.
  • White wine: I like to use wine to deglaze the pan as it adds a nice acid to the sauce, but you could use chicken broth as well!
  • Artichoke hearts: A jar of artichoke hearts is a great way to add a punch of flavor to lots of dishes, and it’s a low-sodium, fat-free food that is packed full of lots of vitamins.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes: Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, sun-dried tomatoes have an acidic, sharp flavor usually accompanied by herbs and spices.
  • Garlic: Nutty, aromatic, and a bold flavor that’s essential for Italian pastas.
  • Olive oil: Heart healthy and mild in flavor, it helps to cook the chicken and get it evenly browned.
  • Parmesan cheese: Salty, nutty, and somewhat sharp flavor that finishes off the dish perfectly.
  • Basil: Somewhat peppery and sweet, I like to use fresh basil to season this pasta dish.

How to Make Italian Chicken Pasta with Artichokes

Cutting sundried tomatoes

Start by mincing your sun-dried tomatoes and basil.

Seasoning chicken

Then cut your chicken breasts into cubes and season with some salt and pepper.

Adding pasta to water

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add your pasta. Cook according to package instructions before draining and setting aside, reserving about a cup of the water.

Browned chicken breast pieces

While the pasta is cooking, heat some olive oil over medium-high heat and add the chicken. Cook until browned evenly.

Using pasta water to deglaze pan

Remove the chicken and use the white wine or chicken broth to deglaze the pan, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any bits stuck on the bottom.

Adding sundried tomatoes to pan

Then add in the sun-dried tomatoes.

Grating garlic into pan

And using a microplane, add the garlic. Coo for about 30 seconds.

Adding artichoke hearts to pan

Then add in the artichoke hearts.

Adding chicken back to the pan

And the reserved chicken. Season with some salt and pepper to taste.

Adding cooked pasta to pan

Add the cooked and drained pasta, along with a table spoon of olive oil. If the dish seems a bit dry, add some reserved pasta water.

Adding parmesan cheese to pasta

Finish the dish off with the parmesan cheese and fresh basil, and stir until its all evenly incorporated.

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Serve and enjoy your Italian Chicken Pasta with Artichokes!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the most popular Italian pasta?

There are a lot of Italian pastas, but penne is very popular!

How many types of pasta are there in Italy?

From what I’ve seen, Italy has hundreds of types of pasta! I think around 400, a lot with different variations and names.

How do you store leftover Italian pasta?

Keep it in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Italian chicken pasta with artichokes

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Italian Chicken Pasta with Artichokes

4.61 stars average
This easy and delicious Italian pasta recipe is filled with large chunks of chicken, tender artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta (any short cut such as fusilli, penne, bow-ties, etc.)
  • 1 pound chicken breasts (boneless, skinless cut in large chunks)
  • ½ cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 13.75 ounces artichoke quarters (drained )
  • 16 pieces Sun-Dried Tomatoes (minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided )
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil (minced)

Instructions
 

  • Cook whole wheat pasta according to package instructions, reserving 1 cup of the starchy cooking liquid for later.
  • Heat a deep skillet over medium-high heat and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
  • Sprinkle chicken cubes with salt and pepper and add to the hot pan. Saute chicken until browned, about 5-7 minutes, then remove from pan using a slotted spoon; set aside. 
  • Add the white wine to the hot pan to deglaze, using a wooden spoon to scrape up all the browned bits. Add the garlic to the pan and heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds, before stirring in the artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and reserved chicken cubes. 
  • Stir the cooked pasta into the pot along with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and parmesan cheese. If the pasta seems a bit dry, add in a little of the reserved starchy cooking liquid. Season with salt and pepper to taste before stirring in the basil before serving. Serve warm.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cupsCalories: 555kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 35gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 619mgPotassium: 625mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1190IUVitamin C: 26.6mgCalcium: 130mgIron: 3.5mg
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16 responses to “Italian Chicken Pasta with Artichokes”

  1. Aaron Avatar
    Aaron

    Delicious recipe and a snap to make. These instructions were very easy to follow along with. Well done, and thank you!

  2. Barbara Avatar
    Barbara

    Is there a reason you don’t list the serving size? It’s hard to know how much per serving if you don’t finish the entire dish in one sitting, especially as there’s an option to increase the number of servings for the recipe.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Hi Barbara! Apologies for the oversight – with 1600+ recipes and one person running the ship, we make human error from time to time. Serving size has been added!!! :) ENJOY!!

  3. Gina/Running to the Kitchen Avatar
    Gina/Running to the Kitchen

    This looks delicious! Saving for my next busy night!

  4. Liren | Kitchen Confidante Avatar
    Liren | Kitchen Confidante

    Love simple recipes that deliver so much flavor!

  5. Lindsay Cotter Avatar
    Lindsay Cotter

    Comfort food dinner for the win! Love how easy this is! Perfect for busy weeknight dinner!

  6. Betsy @Desserts Required Avatar
    Betsy @Desserts Required

    Looks delish and I love how easy it is to put together!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Super easy!! Enjoy!

  7. Brenda Avatar
    Brenda

    You had me with the sun dried tomatoes, I canNOT resist them!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      haha I feel the same way!! xo

  8. Crystal Faulkner Avatar
    Crystal Faulkner

    This is such a colorful, refreshing recipe! Thank you for sharing this with us!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Of course! Enjoy!

  9. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen Avatar
    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen

    My kids LOVE pasta, I’ll have to try this!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!

  10. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness Avatar
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Definitely putting this on the menu this week! YUM!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!