Chicken Primavera

Chicken primavera is spring on a plate! When temperatures start to rise and the first seasonal vegetables show up at the market, it’s the perfect way to celebrate their fresh flavors. So if you find yourself craving them, along with pasta and chicken, you’re in luck—this speedy, one-pot recipe delivers on all of it. Just don’t forget the garlic bread!

I hope you enjoy this dish from Ree Drummond, it’s a favorite of mine!

What’s in chicken primavera?

Chicken primavera is a light and fresh pasta recipe that stars lightly cooked spring vegetables, tender chunks of chicken breast, pasta (of course!), and lots of delicious fresh herbs and parmesan cheese. Use a short, sturdy pasta shape for this one-pot method: cavatappi, penne, or rotini all work great!

Why is this the best chicken primavera recipe?

This chicken primavera recipe is the best for two reasons. For starters, it uses just one pot! Start by cooking the chicken in a nice and roomy Dutch oven, then use the same pot to cook the pasta and veggies. Second: it’s so versatile! Use any spring veggies that you like, and cook them to your desired point of perfection. Throw hardier vegetables in first, to blanch while the pasta cooks. Then, add tender greens (like a handful or two of spinach) in at the end as the sauce finishes. 

What does primavera mean?

In Italian, “primavera” means “spring”! But hold the phone—this dish wasn’t born in Italy! The Italian-American dish got its official start in New York, where it was created by chefs looking to capitalize on the popularity of pasta and the arrival of fresh spring vegetables.

Chicken Primavera

Chicken primavera is spring on a plate! When temperatures start to rise and the first seasonal vegetables show up at the market, it's the perfect way to celebrate their fresh flavors. So if you find yourself craving them, along with pasta and chicken, you're in luck—this speedy, one-pot recipe delivers on all of it. Just don't forget the garlic bread!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 ¼ to 1 ½½ lb.) cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 ½ tsp salt, divided
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper, plus more for garnish
  • 4 tbsp butter, divided
  • ¼ c olive oil
  • 16 oz dried short pasta, such as penne, rotini, or cavatappi 
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 3 carrots, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cup asparagus pieces, about 1-inch long, from 1 bunch (woody stems removed)
  • 1 ½ cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 garlic clovers, grated
  • 1 ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon, zested then cut in half
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Season the chicken with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt and 1 teaspoon of the pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and all of the olive oil to a large Dutch oven; heat over medium-high heat.
  • Add the seasoned chicken to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is lightly browned all over, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the chicken from the pan onto a plate and set aside.
  • Add the pasta to the pan; stir to coat it in the oil mixture. Add the broth and 2 cups of water, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium or medium low to keep it simmering for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. 
  • Stir in the carrots, asparagus, and peas. Cover the pot, and let cook until the pasta and vegetables are just tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Uncover the pot. Add the tomatoes, grated garlic, and cooked chicken to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes to reheat the chicken.
  • Remove from the heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and juice, and the remaining 1 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper; stir to combine.
  • Stir in the basil just before serving. Top each serving with more parmesan and basil, if you like.
Keyword chicken, comfort food

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4 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe for comfort food. I can just imagine having this in winter (even though it has the word for spring in it’s name). I am supposed to avoid pasta so I would probably substitute with beans. Nice, easy recipe to follow!

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