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One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta is a super quick and easy dinner made with chicken and shells in a creamy Italian tomato sauce. Ready in less than 30 minutes!

chicken and pasta shells in a creamy tomato sauce cooked in red dutch oven with wooden spoon and topped with parsley

If you’re looking for a quick and easy chicken dinner with few ingredients, you’re going to love this creamy chicken pasta recipe! You cook the chicken and pasta together in one pot for easy clean-up, and the entire meal is done in under 30 minutes.

I’ve been getting requests to turn my Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta into a one-pot meal, and you guys, here it is! Usually, I convert one pot dinners to Instant Pot recipes, so this was a little bit different for me.

But I know not everyone has an electric pressure cooker, and this easy chicken recipe is something anyone can make! Seriously, even my pickiest eaters think this is one of the BEST chicken pasta recipes out there!

How to Make Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta

Start out by cutting 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts into large cubes. Then, cook the chicken in a large pot until it’s no longer pink.

I used simple seasonings here — just salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning blend. I also used chopped onions, but you can leave them out if you want.

cooked cubed chicken with Italian seasoning in a dutch oven

Next, add your shell pasta, marinara sauce and water. Give it a quick stir, cover the pot, and let it all cook together until the pasta starts to get soft.

You do have to keep an eye on the pasta and chicken and stir it from time to time. When the pasta starts to soften, add your heavy cream.

pasta shells and tomato sauce in a red dutch oven with wooden spoon

Leave the lid off to allow the sauce to reduce and thicken. When the pasta is cooked al dente, you can stir in some grated Parmesan cheese.

I usually throw in a little fresh parsley, but this is optional. It adds such a pretty pop of color, though, and it adds a little bit of freshness to this creamy one pot pasta dish.

cooked chicken and pasta in tomato cream sauce with parsley in a dutch oven

The pasta might seem a little saucy, but it will thicken up as it cools off. If you want it thicker, you can add more Parm.

shell pasta and chicken in a creamy tomato sauce on a wooden spoon
creamy chicken and pasta shells on a wooden spoon

One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipe

5 from 13 votes

One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta

By: Dee
One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta is a super quick and easy dinner made with chicken and shells in a creamy Italian tomato sauce. This easy chicken recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • .5 cup chopped onions
  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut up
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 16- ounces medium shell pasta uncooked
  • 24- ounces marinara sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • .5 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley, optional chopped
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  • Heat a Dutch oven or large pot until warm, then add the olive oil and onions, and cook until onions are just soft
  • Add the chicken to the pot, then add the Italian seasoning, sea salt, garlic powder and pepper, and cook over medium high heat until chicken is no longer pink, stirring frequently
  • Stir in the pasta, marinara sauce and water, then cover with lid, and cook until pasta starts to soften, stirring frequently to make sure pasta doesn't stick to the bottom
  • Remove lid, and stir in heavy cream, and cook uncovered until pasta is al dente. Stir in Parmesan cheese, top with fresh parsley, if desired, and serve


Can use more or less cream to achieve desired taste and consistency.


Calories: 331kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 843mg, Potassium: 616mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 422IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 144mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. Ali says:

    Made this recipe for my wife. Usually our pasta meals are bland and boring. This pasta was full of so much flavor. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an easy dinner recipe.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Ali. I’m glad you both enjoyed it!

  2. Kenzi says:

    Need comfort food? Something super easy and flavorful? This recipe will not disappoint!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Kenzi! I’m glad you liked it!