Creamy Spinach Artichoke & Chicken Pasta


Embark on a culinary journey with our One-Pot Wonder: Creamy Spinach Artichoke & Chicken Pasta, a dish that promises to simplify your dinner routine without compromising on taste. Imagine tender chicken pieces and pasta enveloped in a rich, creamy sauce, bursting with the flavors of spinach and artichokes. This recipe is the epitome of comfort food, combining all the beloved elements of a classic dish in a single pot for ease and convenience. Perfect for busy weeknights or when you crave something deliciously comforting, this dish will become a cherished favorite in no time.

Creamy Spinach Artichoke & Chicken Pasta

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1.5 cups

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 580 kcal
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 55g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 650mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 4g


  • 450g (1 lb) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 450g (1 lb) penne pasta
  • 280g (10 oz) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 400g (14 oz) canned artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 liter (4 cups) chicken broth
  • 200g (7 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 100ml (3.4 oz) heavy cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 100g (3.5 oz) grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 30ml (1 oz) olive oil
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, sautéing until translucent and fragrant.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the pot, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook until the chicken is browned and nearly cooked through.
  3. Stir in the penne pasta, chicken broth, and cream cheese, mixing until the cream cheese is melted and evenly distributed.
  4. Add the chopped artichoke hearts and thawed spinach, stirring well to incorporate.
  5. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked and the sauce has thickened.
  6. Once the pasta is tender, stir in the heavy cream and grated Parmesan cheese, cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  7. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure the chicken is cut into even pieces for uniform cooking.
  • Use low-sodium chicken broth to control the saltiness of the dish.
  • For a lighter version, substitute the heavy cream with half-and-half or a light cooking cream.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use fresh spinach instead of frozen? 

Yes, fresh spinach can be used. Add it towards the end of cooking as it wilts faster than frozen.

How do I store leftovers? 

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently, adding a splash of broth if needed to loosen the sauce.

Can I make this gluten-free? 

Yes, simply substitute the regular pasta with your favorite gluten-free pasta. Be mindful of cooking times as they may vary.

As you savor the last bite of our One-Pot Wonder: Creamy Spinach Artichoke & Chicken Pasta, the ease and joy of cooking this dish resonate just as much as its delightful flavors. This recipe isn't just about feeding the body; it's about nourishing the soul with the warmth of home-cooked meals and the simplicity of one-pot cooking. Here's to many more nights of culinary exploration and enjoyment, one pot at a time.