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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26th Apr, 2012
Edible but I wouldn't recommend it. The orange and mustard just didn't work.
7th Apr, 2012
Really enjoyed this, very quick and easy. Added some cream cheese (as others have mentioned) and I think that added to it.
Ferrari butterfly
29th Dec, 2011
good midweek staple, I put the pine nuts in with the chicken and garlic, and they added to the flavour nicely.
23rd Aug, 2011
oops, forgot to rate
23rd Aug, 2011
No way this took 15 minutes!! More like 35! I think this recipe has potential but needs more work. I would suggest trying 3-4 garlic cloves, at least 4 tbsp of mustard. 2 oranges is a must and double almonds if you actually want to taste them in the meal. And reduce pasta to 250g-300g max! (or otherwise increase chicken and broccoli). Try that and let me know how it went :)
25th Jul, 2011
we added more mustard and a bit of milk as it did turn out to be a bit on the dry side...
21st Jun, 2011
OK but didn't like as much as I expected. A bit on the dry side. Don't think I'll be making it again.
20th Jun, 2011
Not great - won't make again. Sauce far too thin and overall very bland
17th May, 2011
I thought this was delicious. I added some extra garlic, cornflour to thicken and some honey. Kids weren't impressed, but think they just don't like mustard!!!
11th May, 2011
Yes, this is a good one for mid-week. I think a little of the orange rind helps the flavour and a 1/2 teaspoon of cornflour to help the sauce cling to the pasta rather than sink to the borrom of the pot. I also used toasted pine nuts rather than almonds.


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