Pasta with Broccolini and Chicken

Chicken and broccolini pasta

Pasta with Broccolini and Chicken

This Pasta with Broccolini and Chicken is a recipe you’ll want to go to every night…but you really shouldn’t 🙂

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Chicken and broccolini pasta

Nothing like some pasta with broccolini and chicken on a Friday night! This recipe has so three of my favorite ingredients in it (four if you count the wine lol)…chicken cutlet, broccolini, and of course pasta! So much flavor and easy to make.

Chicken wrapped in plastic wrap
Thin chicken cutlets

How do you cook pasta with broccolini and chicken?

Great question! First, let’s start with the most time consuming part of this recipe, breading and cooking the chicken cutlets. Since it takes the most time, let’s get that going first. To keep the cooking time down, I pound the chicken as thin as I can.

While you’re preparing the chicken, put up a pot of salted water for the penne. Start cooking that and cook until the pasta is al dente. Drain and set aside.

Flour, egg, and breadcrumb in separate bowls

I like to use pie plates when getting the breading ready…one with flour, one with beaten eggs, and the last for the breadcrumbs.

Chicken dredged in flour

First, let’s dip in the flour.

Chicken dredged in egg

Next, let’s add the egg.

Chicken in breadcrumb

Finally, the breadcrumb.

Breaded chicken cutlets
Chicken cutlets frying

Ready to fry. Cook them up and set them aside for at least five minutes. I do this with all my breaded chicken cutlet recipes, including my Breaded Chicken Cutlet and Mashed Potatoes recipe.

Broccolini cooking

While the chicken sits, add some more olive oil to the pot and cook until fragrant. Add the broccolini and cook for 1-2 minutes and then add some white wine (try and use a dry, crisp wine like Pinot Grigio) and some chicken broth. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat and cook for a few minutes.

Broccolini cooking in liquid
Broccolini cooking in liquid with thyme

Add a few stems of fresh thyme and continue cooking until the broccolini begins to soften.

Chopped chicken cutlets on a cutting board

Now while the broccolini cooks, take your cooked chicken cutlets and start cutting them up into little cubes.

Penne with breaded chicken cutlets in a pot

Add them, as well as the cooked penne back to the pot of cooked broccolini. Coming along nicely!!!

Chicken and broccolini pasta

Mix all together, raise the heat to medium, and cook through until the chicken cutlet and pasta are both warm. Add more chicken broth (or wine 🙂 as needed to reach your desired consistency with the sauce.


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Chicken and broccolini pasta

Chicken and Broccolini Pasta

Nothing like a little Chicken and Broccolini Pasta on a Friday night! This recipe has so three of my favorite ingredients in it (four if you count the wine lol)…chicken cutlet, broccolini, and of course pasta! So much flavor and easy to make.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6


  • Dutch oven
  • Pasta pot


  • 1 lb penne
  • 1 lb chicken breast pounded very thin
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs seasoned
  • 5-6 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or sliced
  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • 2 cup chicken broth low-sodium
  • 1 cup white wine dry, crisp
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 twigs fresh thyme


  • Put up a large pot of boiling, salted water. Bring to a boil and cook the penne to al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • Prep the chicken – in 3 separate baking plates, add the flour in one, beaten egg in the other, and breadcrumbs in the last.
  • Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. One at a time, run both sides of the chicken through the flour (shake off any excess), then the egg, then finally the breadcrumbs. Set aside on a plate until all the chicken is breaded.
  • In a large Dutch Oven, heat half of the olive oil. Once heated, add the chicken to the pot – working in batches if necessary. Cook chicken until both sides are brown and crispy (about 4-5 minutes a side) or until completely cooked through. Set cooked cutlets aside and let sit for at least 5 minutes.
  • Carefully wipe the same Dutch Oven clean and heat the remaining olive oil. Once heated, add the garlic and cook. Once fragrant (about 30 seconds), add the broccolini to the pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the white wine and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, drop the heat to low and simmer until the broccolini is soft (about 5-7 minutes). Add the fresh thyme twigs.
  • While the sauce cooks, chop the chicken cutlets into 1 inch cubes.
  • After the broccolini cooks, add the chicken and the pasta to the Dutch Oven. Mix thoroughly and cook until both the chicken and pasta are heated through. Adding more chicken broth as necessary to reach your desired consistency.


Serve hot in a bowl and top with parmesan cheese if desired.  Enjoy!
Keyword boneless skinless chicken breasts, broccolini, chicken cutlets, Pasta

4 thoughts on “Pasta with Broccolini and Chicken

  1. This looks amazing. this is something my husband would love for an anniversay dinner coming up

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