Chicken Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce recipe is a hearty and delicious pasta recipe that can be on the table in thirty minutes. Originally posted in 2011, updated recently with new photos and wine pairing ideas. Read on for details, or click here to jump down to the recipe.
This Chicken Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta recipe was originally inspired by a bunch of leftover grated cheese and cream remaining from a wine and food pairing event that we hosted. I was looking for a fairly simple way to put these ingredients together yet wanted something new. We loved the flavor of this chicken mushroom pasta dish and new I had to share it!
I was perusing old blog posts and came across this Chicken Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta recipe and noticed it didn’t have any photos! Back in my early days of blogging I would occasionally put recipes up without the photos. It was time to dust this recipe off, make it again and take some pictures.
We enjoyed this easy Chicken Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta dish recently as much as when I first made it. Chicken and mushrooms with plenty of garlic, in a light cream sauce, make for a flavorful and hearty pasta dish. And it comes together in just about 30 minutes, making it a nice weekday recipe.
Serve the Chicken Mushroom Bowtie Pasta with a green salad or other green vegetable like this sautéed arugula and you have a great meal. Maybe some crusty bread, too, if you are so inclined. Oh yes, don’t forget about the wine…
I wasn’t sure what would work best with this dish, so I got input from Ray Schaefer at Pairings when I first made the recipe. He immediately thought a sparkling rose would work well with the creamy sauce, and pointed me in the direction of the Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Perle d’Aurore. This dry sparkling wine was pleasant to sip while I finished cooking the meal, and was right on target as a pairing for the dish. I’ve since gained a greater appreciation for bubbly as a good pairing option for creamy sauces.
I knew from my initial pairing for this dish that sparkling would work well, but I wanted to try out a different wine pairing when I made this pasta recipe recently. I went with the 2014 Bernabelva Navaherreros Blanco ($25, 13.5 %) that I sampled at Pairings as part of a great lineup from Vineyard Road wine importers. This Spanish wine is made from a blend of Albillo and Macabeo grapes. This is a full bodied white wine, with a bright taste of lemon and a touch of kiwi and stone. The lively citrus provided some contrast with the earthy mushrooms, and the body of the wine was good for the cream sauce. Definitely a good pairing; you could also enjoy a white Cotes du Rhone with this dish, as that would probably match the food in similar fashion to this Spanish wine.
Chicken Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta with Garlicky Cream Sauce
Chicken and Mushrooms simmered in a light garlicky cream sauce, then tossed with bow tie pasta for a hearty meal.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: Italian
- 1 small shallot, diced
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- 1 ½ tsp fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried oregano
- 10 ozs mushrooms, sliced
- ½ cup cream
- 2 chicken breast fillets, sliced crosswise, width about ¾ inch
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup white cooking wine
- ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
- salt & pepper to taste
- 12 oz bow tie pasta (also known as farfalle)
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add shallot, sauté about 5 minutes until softened, then add garlic, sauté another minute. Stir in the mushrooms, cook about 3-4 minutes until they begin to soften.
- Stir in the cooking wine along with the thyme and oregano. cook a couple of minutes so the mushrooms absorb the wine.
- Push the mushroom mixture to the sides of the pan, put another tablespoon olive oil into the center of the pan and heat. Cook the chicken on 1 side until that side turns white, about 2-3 minutes, then flip to begin cooking the other side.
- Start cooking the pasta according to package instructions around the time you add the chicken to the skillet.
- When the outside of the chicken pieces are white and beginning to brown, stir up the pan to combine the chicken with mushrooms. Cook a couple minutes more until the chicken is nearly cooked through, then stir in the cream and simmer to finish cooking the chicken. The chicken will need about 10-12 minutes total cooking time–but cut a piece open to see that it is cooked through.
- Drain the pasta when it has cooked to your liking. Toss with the chicken and mushroom mixture and the grated cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!