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Mediterranean Diet One Pot Protein Chicken Pasta: A Dairy-Free Recipe

Mediterranean Diet One Pot Protein Chicken Pasta: A Dairy-Free Recipe By Registered Dietitian Maya Oueichek, MBA, RDN


Fall is here, and we all know how hectic life can get, especially if you're in college, your kids went back to school, or juggling a busy schedule. But fear not! I've got a delightful and healthy recipe that’s perfect for you - One Pot Protein Chicken Pasta. This recipe is not only a time-saver but also a nutritional powerhouse.



One Pot Protein Chicken Pasta Recipe

Why You Should Try This Recipe?


Quick & Easy:

This recipe is a lifesaver for busy days. It's a one-pot wonder, which means less time spent on cooking and cleaning, and more time for you!

Protein Packed:

Getting enough protein is vital, especially for active young women. Chicken and protein pasta in this recipe will keep you energized and satisfied.

Healthy & Nutritious:

Packed with fresh vegetables and lean protein, this dish is a nutritional win. It's a great way to ensure you're getting your veggies and important nutrients.

Perfect for Fall:

With mushrooms and fresh herbs, this recipe captures the cozy flavors of fall.


Ingredients & Substitutions:

This Recipe makes about 6 servings making it perfect for meal prep and freezing.

One Pot Protein Chicken Pasta Recipe

  • Protein Pasta: 1 Box (14.5 oz)

I love using BARILLA Protein+ (Plus) Pasta and have found it to be my favorite taste and texture. Feel free to opt for chickpea pasta or whole-grain pasta for an added protein boost and fiber. If you have a favorite type of pasta, feel free to use that!


  • Chicken Thighs: 1.5 lbs

For a leaner option, you can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

  • Mushrooms: 1 lbs

Any type of mushrooms you prefer will work beautifully - cremini, button, or even shiitake.

  • Tomatoes: 2 cup

Fresh, ripe tomatoes are ideal, but you can also use canned diced tomatoes if fresh ones aren't available.

  • Fresh Herbs: Rosemary and thyme

add a delightful flavor. If you don't have these, dried herbs are a good substitute.

  • Creme Fraîche: 2 Tbsp

Substitute with Greek yogurt for a healthier option, or coconut cream for a dairy-free alternative.

  • Truffle Salt: 2 Tsp

Regular salt works perfectly too, but if you have truffle salt, it adds a unique and delightful flavor.

Directions:


One Pot Protein Chicken Pasta Recipe

Step 1: Sauté the Chicken


  • In a large pot, or Dutch oven sauté chicken thighs until golden brown.

  • Set Aside for later.






One Pot Protein Chicken Pasta Recipe


Step 2:Sauté the Veggies

  • Add sliced mushrooms and cook until tender.

  • Stir in fresh tomatoes and the herbs of your choice.

  • Top off with truffle salt

  • Let it simmer for a few minutes to meld the flavors for about 10 minutes






One Pot Protein Chicken Pasta Recipe



Step 3: Bring it all together

  • Stir in creme fraîche and black pepper to taste. Mix well until a creamy sauce forms.

  • Add the protein pasta to the pot along with a splash of pasta water

  • Mix all together

  • Top off with your chicken and serve!





Nutrition Benefits:

One Pot Protein Chicken Pasta Recipe

Protein: Chicken and protein pasta provide essential amino acids for muscle repair and growth, keeping you strong and energized.

Fiber: Whole-grain or chickpea pasta offers fiber, aiding in digestion and providing a feeling of fullness.

Vitamins & Minerals: Fresh vegetables like mushrooms and tomatoes bring vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support your overall health.Another favorite Lean Protein &






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