Creamy Chicken Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes

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Humble chicken and pasta in a simple cream sauce get dressed up with fresh spinach and sundried tomatoes for a fantastic meal that feels extra special. Make this Creamy Chicken Pasta dish this week!

Creamy Chicken Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes | Life as Mom

After years of feeding children whose tastes changed with the wind and too many dinners wasted because some kid didn’t like it, I fell into a rut of serving only what was safe. And then I read French Kids Eat Everything and decided to get my brave on.

Getting brave for a mom can sometimes mean adding spinach to your Creamy Chicken Pasta and holding your breath. In fact, when I crafted this chicken dish with spinach and sundried tomatoes, I figured there would be plenty for leftovers.

Au contraire, mon frere.

That first night my peeps were fighting over the itty bitty that was left. Had I known this, I would have made a double batch. Now, five years later when I do make a double batch, there are still no leftovers.

Except for maybe those random bits of sundried tomatoes that someone has left behind on his plate. Pearls to swine, what can I say?

Seriously, though, this Creamy Chicken Pasta is pretty out of this world. It cooks up quickly, reheats beautifully, and is packed with all kinds of flavors and textures: moist chicken, sweet, chewy tomatoes, slightly bitter spinach, and tangy, melty cheese. It’s a feast for the senses!

And if you (or your kids) are not so brave, you can easily divide the mixture into two pans before you add the tomatoes and spinach. Either way it’s delicious!

Creamy Chicken Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes | Life as Mom

How I make this cheap:

This Creamy Chicken Pasta is pretty economical by virtue of its being a simple pasta dish. Here are some of the strategies I use to make this recipe even more affordable:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale! When I see a great price on pasta, I buy a lot of it. We almost always have a stockpile of noodles in the pantry. Fresh spinach and chicken go on sale often.
  • A little goes a long way – Parmesan cheese and sun dried tomatoes are packed with flavor so you only need to use a small amount.

Tools I use to make this recipe easy:

This is a pretty straight-forward dish. You don’t need any fancy equipment to cook pasta! However, having some good basic kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I like to use in this recipe.

Originally posted February 29, 2012. Updated October 21, 2017.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Sounds heavenly! I’ve never cooked with sherry before. Would it be with alcohol products in the grocery store? Does brand matter?

    • Jessica Fisher says

      Yes, there’s sherry in the liquor department or you can get cooking sherry with the vinegars. Foodies would tell you to get the first, but for the money, I use the second.

  2. Erin says

    That looks so yummy! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for hosting and I don’t think that I can ever have enough chicken recipes.

  4. Thank you for hosting. I’m always looking for new chicken recipes, this is a great idea today!

    I shared my oven “fried” chicken this week. I love it and make it several times a month. It does come out nice and crispy.

  5. Jan says

    Oh man, that looks good!! Sounds like something I had a while back at a restaurant, throw in a dab of ricotta on top for extra creaminess and it would be perfect!! Saved to March recipes to try! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Your dish looks great. I love the idea of a chicken recipe link up because we are always looking for new ways to dress up chicken. I’m sharing a curry chicken salad. It’s super quick and easy, but it feels special and it’s a crowd pleaser.

  7. This looks delicious! I’m going to have to try it this next week, I think!

  8. Looks so good! I pinned it so I don’t forget about it. Thanks also for the linky. I added a recipe for a really delicious chicken with mushroom & artichoke sautee!

  9. Your chicken and pasta dish looks delicious! Love the addition of the sun-dried tomatoes. Thanks for hosting.

  10. I am finding that I am lacking leftovers with just about any dish I server now that I have a 16 year old son. I was just telling my husband last night, when I served a huge dish of chicken and noodles, and had just one small container left for his lunch the next day, “remember when I use to make this and serve it and then the two of us could eat it for lunch for two days?” Welcome to life with a hungry teenage boy I guess!

  11. I bet our brood will love your chicken recipe! Mmmm sundried tomatoes… Thank you for your chicken-inspired link-up. I shared Garbanzo Chicken, a one-casserole dish. Enjoy!

  12. Looks really good!

  13. pam cox says

    In the recipe for the creamy chicken pasta .Do you have to use sherry,or is there something else you can use?

    • You can omit it if you prefer, or use white wine or marsala. The alcohol cooks away and leaves some yummy flavor behind.

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