Chicken and Asparagus Penne Pasta

This easy Chicken and Asparagus Penne Pasta is such a great family weeknight dinner. Simple ingredients, great flavors and affordable! 

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Asparagus is one of my favorite springtime foods. We use it raw for snacks or salads, steamed or roasted, and just love it with pasta. 

This recipe for Penne with Chicken and Asparagus has been a favorite in my sister's family for a couple years. She made it for us the last time we visited and it became an instant favorite for both my daughter and I.

This pasta is light and simple, but so flavorful. Chicken and asparagus are always great together and the bell pepper adds another layer of flavor. 

We are a family of garlic lovers, so naturally, this recipe has a bunch of it. The freshly shredded parmesan cheese added at the end is what ties this whole dish together.

It's ready in 45 minutes, making it great for weeknights. We serve it with some garlic bread or a side salad for a complete meal. If your family loves penne, you'll also want to try this Penne Chicken Alfredo

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Shopping list:

  • penne pasta
  • olive oil
  • chicken breasts
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • chicken broth
  • orange bell pepper
  • slender asparagus spears
  • garlic
  • freshly shredded parmesan cheese

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!

Recipe tips:

  • We used medium sized chicken breasts, if yours are large, extra salt and pepper may be needed. 

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

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Yield 6 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
15 Min
Cook time
25 Min
Total time
40 Min

Chicken and Asparagus Penne Pasta


  • 1 - 16 ounce box penne pasta
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 bunch slender asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1” pieces
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season the chicken with ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper, then add to skillet. Cook until chicken is browned and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  3. Pour the broth into the skillet, then add the bell pepper, asparagus, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until veggies are tender. Add the chicken back to the skillet and warm through.
  4. Add the cooked pasta, 1 tablespoon olive oil, mix and heat through. Remove from heat, top with parmesan and serve.


We recommend using freshly shredded parmesan cheese for better taste and melt.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.

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  1. This looks delicious! Am pinning and have a great Tuesday!

    1. Thanks so much for pinning! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

  2. Asparagus are so good right now. This is a nice combination of flavors. I have to make this. Thanks for sharing.

    We're having a party at Tumbleweed Contessa and this would be a great addition. Hope you will bring it over.

    Have a great week,

  3. We will be getting asparagus in our CSA in a few weeks. I am always on the look out for a good recipe to use them in. This recipe will be on my list!

    Thank you for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I always love what you share. See you next week!

    Cynthia at

  4. Shantel your sistaaaaApril 4, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    I made this tonight! Turned out awesome :)

  5. I also really love asparagus and just bought a fresh bunch yesterday! This pasta looks wonderful! I like how the ingredients actually are a little lighter than I expected (no cream!) and would be perfect for a spring meal! Thanks for sharing. Coming over from Weekend Potluck:)

  6. This looks wonderfully, delicious. Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies. Thank you for the recipe. Pinned.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.

  7. Pinned! I finally got my son to start eating Asparagus and he will love this pasta :-) Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !

  8. What a delicious recipe! I love that you used orange pepper in this. It's one of my favorite sweeter peppers. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinned to my food and Marvelous Mondays boards!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  9. I am soooooooo going to try this. Thanks you for sharing this at the top blogger showcase for April 2013. Pinning this.
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