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Chicken Asparagus Pasta Bake

by Adina 22/04/2020 23 comments

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A delicious chicken asparagus pasta bake, light yet comforting, perfect for this time of the year.

 

Chicken Asparagus Casserole

 

Asparagus Chicken Pasta Casserole

 

Chicken asparagus pasta bake is a recipe I first cooked years ago when I was part of the Secret Recipe Club. The recipe came from Fantastical Sharing, a recipe I’ve changed only very slightly over the years and which I keep making every spring.

It is simple, it only requires a few ingredients, and the kids love it, despite the asparagus, which is not really the first choice when it comes to children and vegetables.

This asparagus chicken casserole is one of the few bakes I make without a creamy sauce, probably the only one, I cannot really remember another one right now.

It only needs some good olive oil, but trust me, that is enough, you will not miss any cream, white or cheesy sauce, the dish is perfect just as it is. The olive oil enhances the delicate asparagus flavor, while a too cheesy sauce will slightly overpower it.

 

Asparagus Chicken Pasta Casserole

 

What do you need?

  • Asparagus: green asparagus.
  • Chicken breast: boneless, skinless chicken breast.
  • Pasta: use short pasta like penne, for instance, or the crinkly ones I used when I took the pictures.
  • Olive oil: extra virgin, good quality olive oil.
  • Parmesan: always use freshly grated Parmesan or Grana Padano, I feel it really makes a difference. The already grated stuff from a box is just not good.
  • Spices: salt, pepper, garlic powder

 

Asparagus Chicken Pasta Casserole

 

How to make chicken and asparagus casserole?

  • Preheat the oven.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • During this time, clean the asparagus and remove its lower part. Don’t discard these ends, freeze and use them later (together with other veggies) to make vegetable broth.
  • Cut each spear into 3-4 pieces. Set aside.
  • Once the water boils, add salt (generously) and cook the pasta according to the packet’s instructions.
  • Add the asparagus pieces to the pasta pot during the last 4 minutes of the cooking time. Drain well.
  • While the pasta cook, prepare the chicken.
  • Cut into bite-size pieces in fry gently in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. It should take about 3-4 minutes, the chicken should be golden and cooked through. Add the garlic powder, to taste, I had about ½ teaspoon.
  • Mix everything together in a casserole dish and add the remaining olive oil and half of the Parmesan.
  • Stir well, adjust the taste with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.
  • Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes.

Can you make in advance?

  • Yes, the chicken asparagus pasta bake can be made in advance.
  • Prepare everything, place in the baking dish, and cover.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated through and golden on top.
  • Check to see that it is hot in the middle as well, if not give it 5 more minutes and check again.

 

Asparagus Chicken Pasta Casserole

 

More pasta bakes?

Easy Pasta Bake Recipe – Colorful and delicious pasta bake with ham and vegetables, easy to make, bound to make your children happy!

Bolognese Pasta Bake – This bolognese pasta bake is a perfect weeknight, family dinner that will please everybody.

Chicken and Bacon Pasta Bake – With cheese and sour cream.

Pasta Vegetable Bake – Delicious tortellini baked in a vegetable sauce with lots of cheese, comfort food at its best.

Leftover Turkey Pasta Recipe – Leftover turkey casserole with noodles and white sauce.

 

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pasta bake with chicken on a white plate

 

chicken asparagus casserole ready to be served

Chicken Asparagus Pasta Bake

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A delicious chicken asparagus pasta bake, light yet comforting, perfect for this time of the year.

Ingredients

  • 450 g/ 1 lb asparagus
  • 450 g/ 1 lb chicken breast
  • 360 g/ 12 oz pasta (short pasta)
  • garlic powder to taste, ½ to 1 teaspoon
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 50 g/ 1.8 oz/ ½ cup Parmesan, freshly grated
  • fine sea salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While you wait for the water to cook, clean the asparagus and remove its lower part. Cut each stalk in 3 pieces.
  3. Once the water boils, add salt generously and cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Add the asparagus to the pasta pot during the last 4 minutes of the cooking time. Drain everything well.
  4. While the pasta cooks, chop the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan and fry the chicken pieces until golden brown and cooked through, 3-4 minutes. Add some garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place the pasta and asparagus into a casserole dish. Add the chicken, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and half of the Parmesan. Mix well, adjust the taste with salt and pepper, level and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 of the dish
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 525Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 621mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 46g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Amy (Savory Moments) 16/05/2016 - 12:50

This casserole looks so good! I love asparagus and asparagus season. Perfect SRC choice!

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Adina 16/05/2016 - 15:01

Thank you, Ami, you chose a great recipe as well.

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ron barnett 04/03/2019 - 17:33

looks delicious, but how many servings does it yield? cook the chicken first? what size pan?

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Adina 04/03/2019 - 19:29

Hi Ron. As written in the recipe, this dish serves 4 to 6 people, depending how hungry you are, I suppose, appetites are different. The casserole dish is a medium one, about 25 cm/10 inches long and 10cm/4 inches deep.

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Rafeeda 16/05/2016 - 13:19

So easy yet loaded with flavors…

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Adina 16/05/2016 - 15:00

Thank you, Refeeda, it was really flavorsome.

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Nammi 16/05/2016 - 13:46

hello πŸ™‚ discovered your lovely blog through Rafeeda’s . lovely pasta dish you have here, Asparragus is very expensive over here , but I love them just the same :). Nice To meet you πŸ™‚

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Adina 16/05/2016 - 15:00

Hi Nammi. Thanks for stopping by. Nice to meet you too. πŸ™‚

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Sarah E. 16/05/2016 - 14:40

Funny story – I saw this on the link up and I was like “YESSSS!! I have to make this recipe. It looks unbelievably good!!” and then I arrived and realized I have had it before because you had my blog. To this day, it is still one of my favorite recipes ever. It’s so fast and simple and so so yummy. The Steak & Asparagus Rotini is also pretty good, but I think the chicken recipe is better by a long shot.

Recipe hoarders unite! I definitely agree with you – I would have to live at least a thousand years to make all the recipes I’ve saved. And I would be happy to do so πŸ˜‰ Happy reveal day, Adina!

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Adina 16/05/2016 - 14:59

Thank you for the recipe, Sarah, it was soooo good!! Happy reveal day to you too. πŸ™‚

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Our Eating Habits 16/05/2016 - 15:26

It looks like a lovely casserole. Very lovely pictures.

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Tara 16/05/2016 - 16:07

Such a beautiful pasta! Great pick and perfect for spring.

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Anne 16/05/2016 - 16:48

This looks so delicious! And your pictures are beautiful too! Great choice for SRC

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Stephanie 16/05/2016 - 18:29

Simple, easy and delicious. I may need to make this for our next “clean out the fridge” style dinner. Great SRC post!

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Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair 17/05/2016 - 00:19

Yum this look delicious! It’s going on my to make list.

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Susan @ My Wholefood Family 17/05/2016 - 00:20

I love Sarah’s blog and this looks delicious! Chicken and asparagus is always a winner. Great pick!

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Balvinder 17/05/2016 - 04:37

Wow! pasta with asparagus is really a great dish idea for dinner or lunch…
Happened with me too, when a dish looks this beautiful you can’t resist until evening.

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Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 17/05/2016 - 08:23

Loving all your awesome asparagus recipes, and this pasta casserole in no exception. Looks like a super delicious SRC choice, Adina.

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sara 17/05/2016 - 16:14

I love when you can get veggies IN the main dish! Looks yummy.

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Monica 20/05/2016 - 02:06

I really want to include some casseroles in my dinner repertoire. This looks simple and delicious!

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Kirstin 20/05/2016 - 15:24

Yum! Some of my favorite ingredients combine all in one dish!!!! perfecto!

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Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook 01/06/2016 - 14:23

We like our asparagus, but I’m definitely in a rut on how to prepare it. Can’t go wrong with a pasta caserole though.

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Adina 03/06/2016 - 20:05

A casserole is always good, nothing can go really wrong there… πŸ™‚

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