Chicken Caesar Pasta

  • 15MINS
  • 20MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 425KCAL

This rich, creamy recipe uses the garlicky flavours of a Caesar salad in a warming pasta dish. So tasty and slimming friendly!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories425
  • Carbs43g
  • Protein42g
  • Fat8.3g
  • Saturates3g
  • Sugars4.6g

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You’d normally find tangy Caesar dressing drizzled on a bowl of salad, and it turns out that those flavours work really well as a creamy pasta dish too. Tender chicken breast, bacon bits and fresh croutons are added to a pasta mixture that’s rich with cheese and garlic. 

For that Caesar-style punchy flavour, we’ve combined zesty lemon juice and mustard in our sauce. Oh, and don’t forget the cheese! We’ve used parmesan shavings to speed things up a little bit, but grating a Parmesan block will work just fine too. 

The ciabatta croutons give this pasta dish a delightful crunch. Just be sure to prepare them fresh each time, as they’ll go soggy when refrigerated or frozen.

What diets is this Chicken Caesar Pasta suitable for?

This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you use Henderson’s relish and swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Dried pasta
  • Stock cube

 

If you’re cooking for people with allergies, be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food!

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chicken Caesar Pasta recipe?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Chicken Caesar Pasta?

We use a gluten free ciabatta for this recipe, brands like Schar should be available in your usual supermarket. 

There are a couple of bits of equipment that might make this recipe even easier:

We’d recommend using a large frying pan – the large surface area is ideal for this recipe, so that the liquid doesn’t take a long time to reduce. One like this from Amazon will do the job!

A good saucepan pan will cook your pasta, and come in handy time and time again.

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We’d recommend using a large frying pan – the large surface area is ideal for this recipe, so that the liquid doesn’t take a long time to reduce. One like this from Amazon will do the job!

A good saucepan will cook your pasta, and come in handy time and time again.

How many calories are in this Chicken Caesar Pasta?

There are less than 425 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Chicken Caesar Pasta. This means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence recipe category. You can find all of our other Weekly Indulgence recipes here.

NHS guidelines suggest men should aim for 2,500 calories per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and women require around 2000 calories. Each person has different calorie requirements depending on their goal, so you may want to adjust your daily calorie intake according to your own personal goal.

Step 1

Spray the frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the bacon, chicken and fresh garlic and cook for 5 minutes until the chicken has coloured.

Step 2

Add the lemon juice, mustard powder, Henderson’s Relish and stock to the pan and mix well. Simmer for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the liquid has reduced to a glossy coating.

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While the chicken is simmering, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. This should take about 10 minutes.

Step 4

While the pasta is cooking, cut the ciabatta roll into cubes. Cut the roll into three slices and then cut squares from the slices.

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Step 5

Toss the ciabatta cubes in the garlic granules and low-calorie cooking spray and spread out onto the baking tray. Toast for 5 minutes under the grill until crispy.

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Step 6

When the chicken is ready, stir in the Parmesan and cream cheese until heated through. Add the drained pasta and stir through until coated.

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Step 7

Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve topped with the croutons.

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What could I serve with this Chicken Caesar Pasta?

This Chicken Caesar Pasta is filling enough to be served on its own for lunch or dinner. If you wanted, you could serve a smaller portion as part of a three course meal, alongside some of these other dishes:

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Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.

How do you know when Chicken Caesar Pasta is cooked?

You’ll need to cook the chicken until it’s cooked all the way through, with no pinkness inside. This should take about 10 minutes. 

Here in the UK, the standard advice is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep you and your family safe! 

How long can you keep Chicken Caesar Pasta in the fridge?

You can store chicken and bacon you’ve cooked in advance in the fridge until you’re ready to put the full pasta dish together.

However, this recipe tastes best freshly cooked and served immediately. Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Chicken Caesar Pasta in the fridge for up to 2 days, without the croutons. 

You’ll want to make crunchy croutons fresh each time you serve leftover portions, so they don’t go soggy.

Can I freeze Chicken Caesar Pasta?

Yes, you can! This recipe can be frozen (without the croutons), but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

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Chicken Caesar Pasta

This rich, creamy recipe uses the garlicky flavours of a Caesar salad in a warming pasta dish. So tasty and slimming friendly!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 425
  • Carbs 43G

Ingredients

  • 2 large, skinless chicken breasts cut into chunks, approximately 340g total
  • 4 bacon medallions diced
  • 180 g low fat cream cheese
  • 200 g dried pasta shapes
  • 15 g Parmesan finely grated
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 150 ml chicken or pork stock made up with 1 stock cube and 150 ml boiling water
  • 1 tsp Henderson's relish or Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • low calorie cooking spray

For the croutons

  • 1 gluten free ciabatta
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Spray the frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the bacon, chicken and fresh garlic and cook for 5 minutes until the chicken has coloured.
  2. Add the lemon juice, mustard powder, Henderson's Relish and stock to the pan and mix well. Simmer for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the liquid has reduced to a glossy coating.
  3. While the chicken is simmering, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. This should take about 10 minutes.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, cut the ciabatta roll into cubes. Cut the roll into three slices and then cut squares from the slices.
  5. Toss the ciabatta cubes in the garlic granules and low-calorie cooking spray and spread out onto the baking tray. Toast for 5 minutes under the grill until crispy.
  6. When the chicken is ready, stir in the Parmesan and cream cheese until heated through. Add the drained pasta and stir through until coated.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve topped with the croutons.

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SunshineFriday 17th June 2022

How about adding a bit of anchovy fish?

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    HollyMonday 20th June 2022

    Hey, adding some anchovy sounds super tasty!

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EMMAWednesday 4th May 2022

Can this be served cold? Looking to make this and take to work with me

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    HollyFriday 6th May 2022

    Hey Emma, yes you can eat this cold however you’ll want to make crunchy croutons fresh each time you serve leftover portions, so they don’t go soggy. Hope that helps!

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Sandra LawtonSunday 1st May 2022

A question about your recipe for Chicken caesar pasta…
Can I use English mustard instead of mustard powder? Can I use grated parmesan from a tub instead of fresh?
If so, in what quantities please? 😊

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    HollyTuesday 3rd May 2022

    Hey Sandra, yes ready grated Parmesan is fine just use the weight in the recipe. Mustard powder has a more concentrated flavour and stronger taste than mustard so you may find you need a little more. It’s best to add the mustard to suit your taste, hope that helps!

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HazelTuesday 11th January 2022

Just made this – so delicious, will be cooking this again!
Have tried a few of your recipes, which are all good btw but this is now a family favourite by far 🙂

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    LisaWednesday 12th January 2022

    Glad you enjoy the recipes, Hazel! Thank you for letting us know.

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NikkiMonday 10th January 2022

Just made this tonight. Its lovely!!
What’s the best way to reheat (if possible) from refrigerated?

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    HollyTuesday 11th January 2022

    Hey Nikki, You may need to add a splash of water as the cream cheese may have gone a little thick but we would suggest covering and popping into the microwave until piping hot. Hope that helps!

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AlisonMonday 10th January 2022

I’ve just made this was really yummy. Initially a bit sour at first. But honestly was lush and will be making again!

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    SharonMonday 10th January 2022

    Hi Alison, thanks for your lovely comment, we’re pleased to hear you enjoyed this recipe! You can reduce the amount of lemon juice a little to suit your own taste if needed. Glad to hear you’ll be making it again!

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