This Garlic Butter Pasta is simple to make and is packed with plenty of buttery garlicky flavors. Served with juicy grilled chicken breasts, topped with more garlic butter, this is a family friendly dinner.
This Garlic Butter Pasta with Garlic Chicken is a deceptively simple pasta dish.
The chicken is flattened and then grilled over a high heat to keep it succulent and juicy. And the garlic butter cooks slowly whilst the pasta cooks.
As with so many pasta recipe on this blog, make sure you reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water. This ensures the butter sauce coats the pasta well.
Side: This garlic butter pasta is a rich dish so serve it with a crisp green salad topped with some thinly sliced raw mushrooms. Or roast some broccoli and serve that along side.
Wine: This garlic chicken and pasta is perfect for pairing with a sparkling wine. A Prosecco would be perfect here. Alternatively a dry whites like Vermentino would be delicious.
If you don’t fancy a white then pick a dry rose like a Tavel rose.
Garlic Butter Pasta with Garlic Chicken
- 1 stick salted butter
- 6 garlic cloves
- 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 12 oz long pasta (340g)
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Melt the stick of butter over a low heat in a small pan.
Peel and chop the garlic finely.
Add the garlic to the butter and cook it over a very low heat. Don't let the garlic color.
Place the chicken on a chopping board and cover with a piece of baking paper or clingfilm.
Use the flat side of a meat mallet (or a heavy rolling pin) to flatten the chicken until it is 1/2" thick.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper and the garlic powder.
Heat the olive oil in a heavy based skillet.
Once it is hot, sear the chicken over a high heat. Cook for 2 minutes on one side and then flip and cook for a further 2 minutes or until it is just cooked through. Remove from the heat and tent with foil to keep warm.
Whilst the chicken is cooking bring a large pan of water to a boil.
Once the water is boiling, salt it generously and add the pasta.
Cook until al-dente.
Reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water and then drain the pasta.
Pour half of the garlic butter into the pasta pan, add 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water and then stir in the pasta. Cook over a medium heat until everything is well coated.
Slice the chicken and serve along side the pasta.
Drizzle the dish with the remaining butter and garnish with chopped parsley.
If you love simple chicken pasta dishes then why not try this Chicken Pasta with Rosemary Cream Sauce.