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Baked Chicken & Tarragon Pasta

One of my go-to spots for yummy family recipes is the Shopping with Chicken App. Not only does it have loads of amazing recipes to browse through, but it also simplifies my grocery shopping too. I was looking for a comforting family meal that could be prepped ahead of time and stumbled on a recipe for Baked Chicken & Rosemary Pasta. The picture looked so tasty and I already had most of the ingredients already. Plus, I could make it on the weekend and then pop it in the oven for dinner after the girls are home from school.

Baked chicken and tarragon pasta in a white casserole dish.


I normally do my grocery shopping on the weekends and use the Shopping with Chicken App list feature. You can find a recipe you like and then click the plus sign to add it to your shopping list. Easy peasy!

For this particular recipe, I was in search of fresh rosemary. Unfortunately our grocery store didn’t have any so I improvised and changed it up a little bit. I’m calling it Baked Chicken & Tarragon Pasta. Fresh tarragon was available and I figured it would be just as good.

And I was right. It was delish!

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Ingredients

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    • Chicken breasts
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • Garlic
    • Yellow onions
    • Mushrooms
    • Pasta sauce
    • Half and half cream
    • Balsamic vinegar
    • Cayenne pepper
    • Red chile pepper flakes
    • Fresh parsley
    • Fresh tarragon
    • Fusilli
    • Mozzarella cheese
    • Parmesan cheese
    • Kalamata olives
    Baked chicken and tarragon pasta ingredients.

    How to Make Baked Chicken and Tarragon Pasta

    • Step One: Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic and chicken and saute until cooked through, stirring occasionally.
    Steps to make Baked Chicken and Tarragon Pasta.
    • Step Two: Add mushrooms, pasta sauce and cream and stir. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    • Step Three: Stir in balsamic vinegar, Kalamata olives, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, parsley and tarragon. Cook for 5 more minutes.
    Steps to make Baked Chicken and Tarragon Pasta.
    • Step Four: Preheat oven to 450°F. Cook the pasta according to package directions until “al dente”. Drain and add it to the sauce and stir to combine.
    • Step Five: Spray a large casserole dish (about 3 quarts) with cooking spray. Spread the pasta mixture in the dish. Cover with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
    • Step Six: Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and a golden brown. Serve hot.
    Steps to make Baked Chicken and Tarragon Pasta.

    Because weeknights are so busy with lessons and other after school activities, doing a little prep work ahead of time is a smart idea. I find it makes the week go a lot smoother if you plan your dinners and get yourself organized. I made the sauce and cooked the pasta the day before and assembled the dish in my large casserole dish. It went into the fridge till I was ready to heat it up in the oven. It bakes in only 15 minutes so is a very fast meal to prepare if you’ve already done the little bit of legwork.

    A wooden spatula lifting out baked chicken and tarragon pasta from a casserole dish.

    And boy is it good! I made ours a little on the spicy side and used both the cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. If you’re family isn’t so “hot” for spices, tone it down by either omitting both or using just one.

    A wooden spoon in a pan of baked chicken and tarragon pasta.

    It’s a large casserole and will easily feed a family of four. We each had a bowl and were stuffed afterwards. It’s very filling. I saved the leftovers for lunch the next day and it was yummy! Plus, I like knowing that my family is eating healthy with Chicken Raised by a Canadian Farmer. Make sure you look for the logo on the chicken at your grocery store.

    A plate of baked chicken and tarragon pasta.

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    Baked chicken and tarragon pasta served on a plate.

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    5 from 1 vote

    Baked Chicken & Tarragon Pasta

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 6
    Prep Time 30 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 45 minutes
    This savoury casserole will easily feed a family of four. It’s a little on the spicy side, but oh so yummy!

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 2 yellow onions diced
    • ½ lb mushrooms sliced
    • 3 cups pasta sauce
    • ¼ cup half and half cream
    • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
    • ½ tsp red chile pepper flakes
    • ½ cup fresh parsley minced
    • 1 tbsp fresh tarragon minced
    • 3 cups fusilli pasta
    • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
    • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese shredded
    • 15 Kalamata olives pitted and finely chopped

    Instructions

    • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic and chicken and saute until cooked through, stirring occasionally.
    • Add mushrooms, pasta sauce and cream and stir. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    • Stir in balsamic vinegar, Kalamata olives, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, parsley and tarragon. Cook for 5 more minutes.
    • Preheat oven to 450°F. Cook the pasta according to package directions until “al dente”. Drain and add it to the sauce and stir to combine.
    • Spray a large casserole dish (about 3 quarts) with cooking spray. Spread the pasta mixture in the dish. Cover with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
    • Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and a golden brown. Serve hot.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 869mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Casseroles
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Baked Chicken & Tarragon Pasta

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    1. Elva Roberts says:

      This Chicken Tarragon Pasta sound delicious. I love both chicken and pasta so I will save this recipe until I get a chance to make it. Thank you so much for this great make-ahead casserole dish.

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