15-minute chicken pasta

15-minute chicken pasta

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Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Enjoy fast food with a mouthwateringly healthy chicken pasta - low in fat too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal531
  • fat11g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs70g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre6g
  • protein43g
  • salt0.52g
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  • 350g pasta bows (farfalle)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 300g broccoli, cut into small florets



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 large skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • juice of 1 large or 2 small oranges



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 25g flaked almond, toasted


  1. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions. Three minutes before the pasta is cooked, throw the broccoli into the pasta water and continue to boil.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, gently heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Tip in the chicken and fry, stirring occasionally, until the chicken pieces are cooked and golden, about 8-10 minutes, adding the garlic for the last 2 minutes.

  3. Mix the mustard with the orange juice in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the chicken, and gently simmer for a minute or two. Drain the pasta and broccoli, reserving 3 tablespoons of the pasta water. Toss the pasta and broccoli with the chicken, stir in the pasta water and the almonds, season well and serve.

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Comments (45)

vickivale's picture

alright but nothing special

sarah5098's picture

Meh. I would prefer to cook the pasta in stock to give it flavour and then drizzle in olive oil and lemon juice. This was over all just a sweet watery taste with the pasta and orange.

kimbers001's picture

Wasn't expecting this to taste as nice as it did. Very quick and easy. Putting the rest in the fridge for my lunch tomorrow :o)

mamarcsi's picture

Tasty and quick. It's a good choice for a healthy lunch. I loved this food.

hazelsimpson's picture

Well it just wasn't that great. I agree it was dry and the tastes not that appealing. The kids chewed it under protest and husband had toast instead when he got in from work. Better luck next time.

erinvermaak's picture

delish... had to use peas as no broccoli in the fridge. also sprinkled some parmesan over at the end as my husband can't fathom the idea of pasta without cheese! very yummy!

baltar's picture

Good points: super easy and quick recipe. Bad points: a bit on the bland side. Tried it once. Both my husband and I thought it fine but definitely won't be making it again.

Ferrari butterfly's picture

quick and easy, didn't taste bad!

mcjools's picture

Quick, easy and delicious! I used pine nuts instead of almonds. It was just perfect.

milkyway's picture

no, i just follow the recipe...it's simply delicious.

yukowatai's picture

very quick, easy and delicious!

covadonga's picture

my husband loved it!! very easy and smells delicious!!

rebeccalovestocook's picture

I really liked his but my husband didn't so i ate his as well!

labouch's picture

This was OK but disappointing and I won't make again. I thought my kids would love it as they love pasta and chicken but they weren't impressed either!

pupsiecola's picture

This is now one of our family favourites. It's very quick and easy, and very tasty.

peejay13's picture

I'm really sorry but neither my family nor I liked this recipe at all. The sauce was thin and did not flavuor the pasta, lucky because it tasted really bad. I don;t think the orange juice worked with theother ingredients AT ALL. It also smelled really unappetising. I usually love everything I try from this site but the dog got most of this one, and even HE has't eaten it.... pretty damning when you consider he is a greedy Westie!!!

ailiejan's picture

We eat this often, and I've tried it swapping the almonds for toasted pine nuts and the broccoli for spinach. I agree that it does need a bit more juice and then top it with fresh parsley and parmesan! Yum.

frolo743's picture

This is fab & SO easy. 3rd time I made it discovered I had no oranges or orange juice - added juice of 1/2 lime i found languishing in fridge & good splash of lemon juice from a bottle. Also added good dollop of 1/2 fat creme fraiche, mmmmmm.

tphotiou's picture

Flavours were lovely together but I found this a bit dry - thought the pasta could do with a bit more sauce.


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