Creamy Chicken and Farfalle Pasta

Your new go-to weeknight pasta. Right here. This is it. This is she. This be her. What?

Creamy Chicken and Farfalle Pasta / Bev Cooks

And it has heavy cream in it so you can go ahead and do a triple axel twirl throw jump toe pick.

Feel better?

Creamy Chicken and Farfalle Pasta / Bev Cooks

This pasta dish is EXACTLY what you want in a  . . . well, pasta dish.

The sauce is perfection. Not too thick and gloppy, not too thin and pathetic. I used heavy cream because it’s still winter and our bodies require a certain amount of cream to keep us joyful. The cream and lemon and tiny bit of pasta water come together in harmony to create a sauce of sheer, pimp lusciousness.

But hold on I’ll get to that.

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This is so simple! Take some chicken breast and cover it with an insane amount of dried Italian seasoning. To where you basically blacken the chicken. Because you see, seared blackened chicken breast and a lemony cream sauce clinging to bow-tie pasta is life achievement. Nothing better. Don’t try to argue with me.

Oh, AND BASIL. There’s fresh basil in this mess. Which makes it an any-time-of-year meal, especially if you have an ish-load of basil in your summer garden.

Thing is, if you eat this meal in the winter, like now, it will satiate your craving for warmer days. And you will experience deep stomach glee.

You’re like, please never say “deep stomach glee” again.

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Creamy farfalle pasta, guys.

Do you say farfalle, or bow-tie pasta? I never know what to call it.

Or butterfly pasta! What about butterfly?

I just call it GET-IN-MY-FACE pasta.

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And that is IT, bunnies.

Sear your chicken, boil your pasta, create the sauce, garnish with so much basil and parmesan cheese that you forget you have a torso.

I can’t tell you how much the lemon and basil smooch up in the sauce and create creamy babies of bliss. It’s just perfection. You’ll bawl forever.

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Annnnnd this is what it will really look like once you mix it all together like a normal humans.

Comes together quickly.

Minimal prep and even more minimal cleanup.


Your new go-to weeknight meal.

Don’t argue with me.

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  • 2 chicken breasts (about a pound)
  • 2 Tbs. Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 pinch crushed pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • Fresh basil, for garnish
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Rub the Italian seasoning all over the chicken breasts. Bring the extra-virgin olive oil to a medium-high heat. Sear the chicken on both sides until nearly blackened and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side, covered. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  3. To the pan, add the heavy cream, the juice from one lemon, the crushed red pepper and a good pinch of salt. Let simmer on a medium heat for about five minutes. Quarter the other lemon for later.
  4. Cook the pasta until al dente, then transfer to the cream sauce. If the sauce is too thick, add about 1/4 cup of pasta water to thin it out. The starchy water will add more depth to the sauce.
  5. Toss it all together, and take it off the heat. Add 1/3 cup grated parmesan, and give it another toss. If you need to cover it and let it sit for five so that the sauce can thicken, do that. It might be ready now! Taste it. Need more lemon? More salt? Adjust the flavors to the point where you’re on the kitchen floor bawling.
  6. Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl, and place the sliced chicken on top. Garnish with thinly sliced basil (or whole leaves!), more parmesan and extra lemon wedges.
  7. This is going to CHANGE YOU.
  8. Serves 4!

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Remember the whole triple axel twirl throw jump toe pick thing I mentioned? Yyyyyeppers.

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21 Responses to Creamy Chicken and Farfalle Pasta

  1. Katie February 27, 2018 at 11:18 am #
    Well this looks amazing! I’m going to be totally honest, out of all of the food blogs I follow, yours is the only one I actually read the whole post and not just scroll right to the recipe. I love reading your blog, it’s funny AND gives me idea for meals. Thanks for all you do!
    • Bev Weidner February 27, 2018 at 12:24 pm #
      Well thank you, Katie! It's comments like yours that keep me KEEPING ON. So thank you. :)
  2. Amanda February 27, 2018 at 1:53 pm #
    Yuuuuuum. This looks/sounds so good. I could eat basil in just about anything! I bet pairing it with the lemon and the cream is incredible. Definitely going to be trying this soon.
  3. Sarah February 27, 2018 at 9:25 pm #
    I made this tonight for dinner and it was SO good! Thank you!! Also, how in the world do you have time to make beautiful food, photograph it, blog about it, Instagram/video thing you do (you are so hilarious, you make my day when I see that little rainbow circle around your pic!), respond to comments, raise kids, etc etc?! I don't know, you're pretty amazing. Ok that's all. Have a great night and thank you for the recipe!!
  4. 2pots2cook February 28, 2018 at 7:01 am #
    Like your style :-) Thank you !
  5. Karen A March 1, 2018 at 11:30 am #
    Yummy I can’t wait to try this recipe
  6. Lisa March 1, 2018 at 1:26 pm #
    I work from home needed a quick distraction... this was it easy to make and so gratifying to consume yum!!! Thanks
  7. Shelley O March 2, 2018 at 9:39 am #
    I made this a couple of nites ago and it was fantastic! And so easy. Thanks for this great recipe - it'll now be in the regular rotation in our household.
  8. Rebecca | Let's Eat Cake March 3, 2018 at 2:33 pm #
    This looks so good! I love the idea of infusing the spices into the chicken on the skillet - and the light in your kitchen is gorgeous!
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  11. Suzanne Young April 25, 2018 at 6:07 pm #
    One Word..............AMAZING!!!!!!!
  12. Kiera May 10, 2018 at 11:54 am #
    YESS GAWDD I just made this on Saturday and by golly (I'm 25 going on 90) is my life changed! SO stinkin good. Also there's a very real possibility it has magic powers. My boyfriend ate it the night before his first 10 mile race (don't ask me, i don't understand these over-achieving runners) and not only did he finish, he beat his expected time and felt so great that morning. Magic. Pasta.
  13. La Vauna Nickerson Reid December 1, 2019 at 2:42 pm #
    So I made this today, looking for a quick flavorful recipe...YES LAWD!! This is so good and I can't wait til hubs walks in from work so we can eat!! Lol I did, however, add fresh chopped spinach and shrimp to the recipe. Thank you for the recipe!!
  14. joelle January 14, 2020 at 11:15 am #
    Made this last night, it was absolutely fantastic and so easy! Now enjoying leftovers for lunch! This is a keeper!
  15. Megan January 18, 2020 at 8:31 pm #
    I love the flavor in this but didn’t feel like the sauce was particularly “creamy”. Almost seemed like there wasn’t enough sauce for the amount of noodles? I used a one pound bag of pasta so not totally sure where I went wrong. Still tasted good though!
  16. Alexander Tanner January 22, 2020 at 8:03 pm #
    I tried it because I was intrigued on how the chicken would turn out and I can honestly say that there were cart wheels and back flips all around! Thank you for the simple but delicious recipe, much appreciated. As a side, we made garlic bread!


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