15-minute chicken pasta

15-minute chicken pasta

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(66 ratings)

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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  • 300g broccoli, cut into small florets



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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 3 large skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks



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



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  • 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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4th Feb, 2016
I made some of the changes suggested: rubbed chicken stock cube on the chicken before cooking, used 4 cloves of garlic and added honey to the orange/mustard sauce. Also added sugar snap peas and sweetcorn. Thought it was really tasty and was a hit with my 1 and 2yr olds.
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1st Jul, 2015
Just made this with all the suggestions listed below - added a crumbled chicken stock cube to the chicken, used 4 fat cloves of garlic, frozen peas and sugar snap peas as had no broccoli, zest of both oranges, a tiny bit of cornflour and some fresh tarragon. Very flavoursome and a good consistency - we loved it and will definitely make again. Thank you to everyone who comments on alternatives, additions and omissions to the recipes here...I always read the comments before cooking as Good-Fooders have good taste!
9th Feb, 2014
Brilliant for a really quick meal. From putting the kettle on to eating was 20 minutes. Ok, not the most flavourful meal, but I was surprised by the orange/mustard mix, didn't expect to like it. Healthy, quick,nutritious
3rd Feb, 2014
My fussy kiddies lapped this up and I was very quick to make. I added a splash of good quality soy and some honey. True it's quite bland but that's perfect for the kids. I'm having leftovers tomorrow with some mayo and salad, packed lunch done!
23rd Jul, 2013
This doesn't seem so healthy. It's made with white pasta. For it to be deemed healthy it should be made with whole wheat pasta. But I guess it's easy to substitute the white pasta for wholewheat.
9th May, 2013
Bland, tasteless, boring!
18th Mar, 2013
Agree this was a little bland and dry without a couple of adjustments. I used 4 cloves of garlic, tossed the chicken in a crumbled chicken stock cube before frying, added a few chopped tomatoes, a couple of handfuls of peas and chopped parsley to add flavour. Also added 3 tbsp creme fraiche to moisten a little. Overall it was OK for a quick evening meal but needs work to improve flavour.
16th Oct, 2012
Made this tonight for my 5 year old and 3 year old, i added a wee drop honey to the orange and mustard mixture and had to use peas as had no broccoli, was delicious! quick, tasty and clean plates all round, my exceptionally fussy 5 year old asked if she could have it tomorrow! :)
6th Oct, 2012
This was too bland for me - needs more of a kick in the sauce. Don't think the almonds added anything to the flavour either. Won't make again.
7th Aug, 2012
Loved it!! So easy to make.


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