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One-Skillet Creamy Chicken Rotini

This one-pot, nutrient-packed meal will quickly become a family favourite. Cooking the veggies and whole wheat pasta in milk creates a delicious, creamy nutrient-rich sauce. Bonus? Adding in cooked chicken saves time and helps reduce food waste by using up leftovers.

Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) unsalted butter

    3 cloves garlic, minced

    1 onion, chopped

    1 pkg. (450 g) mushrooms, sliced

    1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme leaves

    1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper

    3 tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose flour

    1/2 cup (125 mL) sodium reduced chicken broth

    4 cups (1 L) milk, heated until steaming

    2-1/2 cups (625 mL) uncooked whole grain rotini pasta

    2 cups (500 mL) thinly sliced carrots, cut in half if large

    2 cups (500 mL) chopped cooked chicken

    4 cups (1 L) baby spinach

    3 tbsp (45 mL) apple cider vinegar

    1 cup (250 mL) chopped tomato

    1/2 cup (125 mL) finely shredded old Cheddar cheese



Love those leftovers! This dish is a delicious way to use leftover chicken. Plus, extras of this pasta dish make a fantastic lunch. When it comes to what you eat, minimizing food waste is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your environmental impact.

Nutritional information

  • Energy

    590 calories

  • Protein

    48 g

  • Carbohydrate

    69 g

  • Fat

    15 g

  • Fibre:

    9 g

  • Sodium

    700 mg

  • Top 5 nutrients provided by a serving of this recipe


    Nutrient and % DV

  • Calcium

    38% / 500 mg

  • Niacin


  • Vitamin A


  • Riboflavin


  • Pantothenic acid


  • * Note: The daily value (DV) is established by Health Canada and corresponds to the daily quantity recommended for each nutrient. The percentage of the daily value (% DV) indicates the proportion of the nutrient provided by a serving of the recipe, in comparison with the quantity recommended.

  1. In large deep nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, mushrooms, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are browned and most of the liquid has evaporated 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Whisk flour into broth and stir into skillet; cook stirring until thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in hot milk, pasta, and carrots; bring to simmer, stirring often. Adjust heat as necessary to maintain simmer; cook stirring often until pasta is almost tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in chicken; simmer for 3 minutes or until chicken is warm and pasta is al dente. Stir in spinach one handful at a time. Stir in vinegar; cook until spinach is wilted. Spoon into bowls, sprinkle each with tomato and cheese.

Cooking pasta in milk helps to make a serving of this One-Skillet Creamy Chicken Rotini an excellent source of protein. Plus, milk provides nutrients most Canadians don’t consume enough of including calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, vitamin A, and potassium.

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