Kids' Fave One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta

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by Robin Hicken, RD

one pan creamy chicken pasta

Families with young kids need recipes like this One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta! There are a few reasons:

  • When kids are young - the parenting time investment is enormous. You have hundreds of things to do and way too little time to do it.  This recipe is fast.
  • Young kids eat OFTEN. This is normal, healthy behaviour, but man, does it create a lot of dishes. This recipe uses one pot.
  • Young kids can be VERY PARTICULAR about what they eat. Understatement of the year, no? If this is the period you're in now, know this: it's absolutely normal. This recipe has some common kid-approved elements: chicken, pasta, creaminess.
  • You need to be creative in the kitchen to please your choosiest family members. This recipe is adaptable. 
    • Kid hates the texture of onions? Sub in onion powder for flavour. 
    • Want to make it a full meal? Add some frozen veggies at the simmer stage. At our house this would be peas - somewhere else it might be diced carrots or broccoli. Et voila! You've got all the food groups covered.
  • Worry your tiny tummied person isn't eating enough? This recipe is high in energy. Growing bodies need extra calories - and they need foods that pack a calorie punch because their smaller appetites mean they need more calories per bite than grown-ups.  (If you're watching your calories - don't fret - enjoy this meal, but partner it with a couple of heaping serving of veggies.)

Easy chicken recipes are one of our specialties - at the bottom of this posts we've also shared some no-fail chicken favourites you'll be happy you tried!

Check out this quick, easy, crowd-pleasing recipe here...

one pot creamy chicken pasta

One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipe

brown chicken in pan
Cook chicken in olive oil over medium heat.
Remove cooked chicken and shred.

cook onions in pan
Cook onions in butter until golden brown.
(If you have a kid who hates onion (which is so common!), skip this step and substitute onion powder.

add milk and stock to pan
Add flour, milk and stock and mix. 

one pan chicken and pasta recipe
Add uncooked pasta and bring to a simmer.
Cook for 12 minutes or until pasta is done and the sauce is thick and has reduced. Add salt and pepper.

⇒ For a vegetable boost add some frozen peas or another favourite veggie.

chicken cream and pasta in pan
Remove from heat add chicken, cream and parmesan cheese

creamy chicken and noodles in one pan
Mix and serve!

Yield: 2 large servings

One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta

One-Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta

Kids (and adults!) love this creamy chicken pasta made in just one pan! Easy to make and easy to clean up.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 25 M


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ lb chicken breast, diced
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ½ Onion, sliced (or 1/2  tsp of onion powder if your kids are onion-phobes)
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ½ lb (8 oz) pasta (e.g. 2 cups of macaroni noodles)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste


How to cook One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta

  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and roughly shred it.
  2. Return pan to heat and melt butter. Add onions and cook until golden and fragrant, around 4 minutes.
  3. Add flour, milk and stock and mix. Add uncooked pasta and bring to a simmer.
  4. Cook for 12 minutes or until pasta is done and the sauce is thick and has reduced. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Remove from heat add chicken, cream and parmesan cheese and mix until everything is well incorporated.
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