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Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus

Author: Louisa Clements
4 from 5 votes
Chicken, asparagus and lemon pasta is a quick spring dinner recipe with leeks and hot pepper flakes.
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
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Servings: 4


  • 4 cups /290g dried pasta shells
  • 2 cups cut into 1" pieces of asparagus
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb / 454g ground chicken or ground turkey
  • 1 leek, light green and white parts only, washed and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese for serving


  • Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving 1 cup of pasta water to finish the sauce. Add asparagus to the pasta during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and reserve.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook the ground chicken, breaking up any lumps, until lightly coloured, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the leeks and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic, hot pepper flakes and salt, cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the cooked pasta and asparagus to pan with chicken and leeks. The mixture may seem dry so add reserved pasta water as needed, about two tablespoons at a time. Finish with lemon zest and toss well.
  • Serve with grated parmesan cheese.
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