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Chicken and Bows Recipe

Chicken and Bows Recipe

“I first made this recipe when I was a professional nanny,” writes Danette Forbes of Overland Park, Kansas. “It comes together quickly at dinnertime when the kids are hungry.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook chicken and red pepper in butter over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
  • 2. Stir in the soup, peas, milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper; heat through. Stir in cheese. Drain pasta; add to chicken mixture and toss to coat.
    Freeze option: Transfer individual portions of cooled mixture in freezer containers. Freeze up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to an ungreased shallow microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high until heated through, stirring occasionally. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 357 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 636 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 26 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 fat.

Reviews for Chicken and Bows

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Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"I made this meal for my family and not only was it easy but even my picky eaters loved it. There was enough to have to meals so we ate one that night and put the other in the freezer. I may add bacon next time!"

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"This is a dinner to be made only for me. My husband did not like it. I did! I halved the recipe, and it still made a lot. Needed lots of salt and pepper. My kind of comfort food. Oh, and don't use cheap chicken. I keep buying that generic stuff at Kroger and it's always rubbery. I don't think it's my cooking......but maybe."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"An average meal for us. I wanted much more flavor. It is filling and a quick fix for busy weeknights for sure."

Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"Very easy to make. Might add chopped carrots next time. I omitted the butter, subbed fat free milk and reduced fat soup."

Reviewed May. 7, 2013

"I added green onions only because I love them, very easy to make"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"Wonderful the only thing I did different was add canned chicken and it turned out great. Makes a huge batch so I 1/2 the recipe."

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2012

"I made this recipe as stated and really liked it! Yes, it doesn't have strong, bold flavors as other reviewers have commented, but sometimes that's ok, and in this case, I think it turned out fine. It was a quick, easy meal that was tasty on a busy work night. Will make again for sure!"

Reviewed May. 11, 2012

"I made this recipe for last night's supper---very tasty! I READ the recipe, as I always do beforehand, to determine if I should change anything in regard to my family's food preferences. As a result, I added more garlic powder, added onion powder and a chopped medium onion, a teaspoon of chicken bouillon granules and about 1/4 cup of white wine to the mixture. All other ingredients I kept as stated. I did halve the recipe, though, as there were just three of us at supper, and I had no room in the freezer to store another casserole.

When I prepare this again---and I assuredly will--I'm going to add sliced, sauteed mushrooms."

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"My children just LOVED this recipe! I sautéed a clove of garlic in the butter for 30 seconds before adding the red pepper and chicken. I also added 1/2 cup onion in with the pepper and chicken. I seasoned the chicken with seasoning salt and omitted the salt in the recipe. I omitted the garlic powder since I used fresh garlic. I also omitted the Parmesan cheese. It was very delicious!"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"This was creamy and good, will def make again!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"Needs more spices"

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"I have made this recipe several times and the grandkids love it. I like the fact that it makes a large amount and I can freeze some for later. I use only 1/4 t. of salt as it seemed a little too salty with 1/2 t. This recipe is a keeper!"

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"I just made this recipe for my four boys, and they LOVE IT!!!! I did read the reviews and take the complaint of the blandness into advisement....So, I made a few changes...I seasoned my chicken with a salt free seasoning.. we use Mrs. Dash...I also add 1 med chopped onion and 1 minced clove of garlic to my pan when I was sauting the chicken... I believe this added more flavor to the dish... Other than that I stuck to the recipe... This one is going into the make again file!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

"Was OK, but it deffinitly needs more seasoning. I used brocolli instead of peas & also cooked some onion with the chicken."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"This was delicious! Will make again. My whole family loved it."

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"Nothing special about this."

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"This was a good-tasting dish. Quick and easy to make also."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"We have 6-8 people we cook for every night and when we make this recipe we all agree! Very good, but I would like to add more cheese ."

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2010

"Needed more flavor definately! Was good but nothing to rave about."

Reviewed Apr. 30, 2010

"A very good recipe, very delicious, and very well-rounded!"

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"I added more garlic powder, as my family loves the flavor. I am going to play with other spices, and I may flavor the chicken before I cook it. But I loved how much food there was! This can be lunches for a week!"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"There was no flavor to this. I will not make it again. A waste of ingredients."

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"Very good casserole - made it at a make and take casserole class - Freezes well"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2009

"This recipe is similar to another one that I make. Take out the milk and add some chicken broth, sour cream, and a tsp. of Worchestershire Sauce. Top with seasoned breadcrumbs and shredded cheese and bake for about 45 minutes. My family loves it."

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2009

"It's okay the way it is but I added some Cheese Whiz to ours & stirred it up & it came out so good. More flavorful IMO.

Also it made way more than I thought it would. I guess I'll be freezing the rest. Next time I'll half the recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2009

"I have made this delicious dish several times. When my son comes home from college, this is one that I always make for him."

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2009

"This dish was easy and delicious! I will be making this one again :)"

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2009

"Very good. I can't wait to see how the frozen batch heats up."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2008

"My kids enjoy this recipe so much!!! In addition to the cream of chicken soup I add a can of cream of mushroom soup. It is delicious!!"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2008

"Made a half batch."

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