Light and Easy Chicken With Broccoli and Angel Hair Pasta

light chicken with angel hair pasta and broccoli
Light, easy chicken with pasta, broccoli, and sliced tomatoes. Food Image Source/Getty Images
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
389 Calories
11g Fat
34g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 389
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 507mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 39mg 196%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 533mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chicken and angel hair pasta includes broccoli, sliced carrots, and Parmesan cheese. Add some sliced cherry tomatoes, if desired, and finish with grated Parmesan cheese. 

The chicken and vegetables are a light and flavorful combination. The dish is served over angel hair pasta or linguine. If you're limiting your carb intake, serve the chicken and vegetables over cooked spaghetti squash or summer squash or zucchini "noodles"


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 medium carrot, sliced on the bias, about 1/4-inch thick

  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, thawed from frozen

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 12 ounces angel hair pasta

  • 2/3 cup chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Sliced cherry tomatoes, optional

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon butter in skillet over medium heat; add chicken. Cook chicken, stirring, until chicken is cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the chicken with slotted spoon to paper towels.

  2. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil and 1 teaspoon butter to skillet; add the thinly sliced carrot and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the broccoli and garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring for about 2 minutes longer.

  3. Cook pasta in boiling salted water following package directions.

  4. To the skillet add chicken broth, basil, sliced tomatoes, if using, and Parmesan cheese; stir to blend. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes longer.

  5. Drain pasta well; arrange in a serving dish and top with the chicken and vegetable mixture.

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