Whether you’re preparing a romantic meal or cooking a simple weeknight dinner, pasta has long been considered a favorite food group. Versatile and convenient, pasta is the perfect meal for any occasion.
From creamy chicken Alfredo to savory chicken parmesan, there are tons of delicious recipes you can add to your weekly meal plan.
Tossing in tender, all-natural chicken to your dish adds extra protein, flavor and variety. When cooking with chicken, it’s important to ensure that the chicken cooks thoroughly to prevent any foodborne illnesses, such as Salmonella.
How to Prevent Salmonella
The CDC recommends several measures you can take to prevent food poisoning. You can get sick from salmonella if it’s not cooked thoroughly. It can also contribute to cross-contamination in the kitchen.
Some of the ways you can prevent food poisoning while cooking chicken are to:
- Wash your hands before and after handling raw chicken.
- Do not wash raw chicken. This can cause juices to spread and contaminate your kitchen and refrigerator.
- Designate a separate cutting board for only raw chicken.
- Wash countertops, cutting boards and utensils with warm, soapy water after handling raw chicken.
- Refrigerate or freeze leftover chicken within 1-2 hours of enjoying your meal.
- Ensure your food is fully cooked before eating your chicken.
How to Know When Your Chicken is Done
It’s important to make sure your chicken is thoroughly cooked before enjoying your meal. For the best results, use a meat thermometer to verify that your chicken is cooked to 165°F.
EatingWell recommends several other ways to check if your poultry is fully cooked. The chicken should shrink when it’s closer to being done. Another way is to check the color of the juices of the poultry. If the juices are clear, the chicken should be fully cooked. If the juices run red or slightly pinkish, the meat may need to cook longer. This technique does require cutting into the chicken, but it’s worth this extra step to prevent foodborne illness!
The Best Chicken Pasta Recipes
Chicken makes a great addition to any meal, but it’s even better when paired with a serving of fresh pasta.
At Tonight We Dine, our chicken is free-range and antibiotic-free. Raised on an all-natural diet, this meat is triple trimmed and individually packaged. It’s easy to thaw, prepare and enjoy for your next delicious meal.
You’ll love adding our all-natural chicken to these incredible chicken pasta recipes.
Our chicken parmesan filets make for a simple and delicious weeknight meal. This breaded chicken comes ready with savory tomato sauce and creamy parmesan cheese. All you have to do is heat the filets and serve them over buttered angel hair pasta.
This perfect chicken Alfredo recipe features a rich, creamy sauce you can craft from scratch. Prepare with authentic fettuccine noodles or penne pasta for a delicious meal. Combine this with our all-natural chicken breast to add the perfect touch. End by tossing your dish with vegetables, such as peas or mushrooms.
Chicken Pasta Salad
Serve this delicious chicken pasta salad at your next family cookout. Mix in our premium chicken breast for a healthy, nutritious addition. Drizzle creamy, handmade dressing over the pasta for a refreshing meal.
Tuscan Chicken Pasta
Get inspired by authentic Italian cooking with this Tuscan chicken pasta recipe. Toss with crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes and fresh parmesan. Skip the seasoning and combine this pasta with our tangy lemon pepper chicken breasts.
Discover an exciting new meal with this chicken carbonara recipe. Mix in our all-natural chicken breasts with crispy bacon and parmesan cheese. Stir in fresh, tangy sauce you’ll craft from scratch and place over a bed of linguini noodles.
These delicious pasta dishes make incredible meals, from an intimate date night to a simple family dinner. Adding in chicken is the best way to incorporate protein and extra flavoring. Cooking your chicken thoroughly ensures a healthy, safe meal and prevents foodborne illnesses. Enjoy one of these delectable recipes for your next family gathering.For even more mouthwatering chicken inspiration, check out our All Natural Chicken collection.