Chicken Pasta Primavera for Weekdays

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

A quick non-creamy weeknight primavera using cooked chicken. Found in California Sizzles. Notes: A 14.5 ounce can of peeled Roma tomatoes equals 4-5 fresh tomatoes; drain before adding. The whole canned tomatoes tend to be higher quality than those used for cut up varieties, but Progresso, Muir Glen, and Contadina are highly rated brands. If using frozen broccoli (if you don't live in California!), please thaw prior to adding. A one-pound bunch of fresh broccoli will yield 4 cups of florets. Made 6/16/12: used florets from 1 crown of broccoli, Fire-roasted tomatoes (drained), pulled meat from 1/2 rotisserie chicken. This was mild - family friendly. We will make again using Rotel, or serve with red pepper flakes or Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime seasoning. Used tri-colored garden rotini, but would look better on angel hair. My fresh broccoli only needed 7 minutes before adding chicken. Because I used rotisserie chicken and canned tomatoes, I did not add additional salt.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add broccoli, onion, garlic and carrot. Stir frequently, until broccoli is crisp, yet tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in chicken, salt and tomatoes. Heat for 3 minutes or until chicken is hot.
  4. Spoon chicken mixture over drained pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley.
Most Helpful

It's amazing how good and healthy homemade fast food can be. I made this tonight and it was marvelous. Used a skinless, boneless, chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces and the dish came together quickly. Would certainly make this again with a smile.

Annacia October 06, 2012

This was nice and fresh tasting. I did add some Mediterranean sea salt to add a bit of flavor. We didn't have parm cheese so we didn't add it but I think that would have added alot of flavor as well.

Hill Family December 19, 2013

Very much enjoyed this, Kate! Lots of flavour, colour appeal with bright and tasty vegetables, I did use canned tomatoes for this, and I used tri-colour penne pasta. This made an excellent mid-week dinner, I cooked some chicken breast fillets to make this with, but that takes very little time, I used the time to do my vegetable preparation.
Thanks for sharing a lovely recipe, Kate! Made for PRMR tag game

Karen Elizabeth June 20, 2012