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Chicken and Bows

I first made this chicken bow tie pasta when I was a professional nanny. It comes together quickly at dinnertime when the kids are hungry. —Danette Forbes, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 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
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional


  • 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.
  • 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. If desired, sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes.
    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.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 536 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 908mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 37g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 3 very lean meat, 2 starch, 2 fat.

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  • dmkinsey
    Jun 17, 2020

    This was really good! Made it for dinner tonight - cut the recipe in half and it turned out great. I'll be making this again!

  • cynandtom
    Mar 22, 2020

    LOVE this dish! The only changes I made were adding fresh garlic and essence, replacing one can of chicken with cheddar, and using canned peas because it’s what I had on hand. Quick and easy! Creamy and delicious! A definite keeper!

  • Joyce
    Mar 21, 2018

    Got home had bow ties and decided to google chicken and bow ties. Picked this recipe and actually had all the ingredients. Was able to prepare and eat in 45 minutes. I don’t have a Dutch oven so fixed the chicken another way. Very good recipe! Easy, fast AND good!!!

  • JoanieK53
    Apr 22, 2017

    Very good. Didn't have peas so I used fresh chopped broccoli and different shaped pasta of choice.

  • Rosemary Swope
    Mar 16, 2017

    Made as is. We really enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  • Gwenwebe
    Oct 3, 2016

    We love it! I made some changes. I boiled the chicken breast with seasoning and shredded. Then followed the rest of the instructions and Added 1/2 cup milk and another can of condensed soup. So it's not so dry.

  • mrs._white
    Jul 17, 2016

    Not a bad recipe. Needs something more though, maybe more cheese. Just ok

  • Esharisse78
    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!

  • luigimon
    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.

  • pajamaangel
    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.