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

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JoanieK53 User ID: 8355717 265009
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2017

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

Rosemary Swope User ID: 1654672 263531
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2017

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

Gwenwebe User ID: 919001 254971
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7182927 250575
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2016

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

Esharisse78 User ID: 7930002 143638
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!"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 92661
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."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 208105
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."

meatball71360 User ID: 2581497 208104
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."

angieitis User ID: 7255005 71710
Reviewed May. 7, 2013

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

Grannynola User ID: 1738594 92429
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."

dogcat_8 User ID: 6341559 111590
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!"

xicota User ID: 944314 111588
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."

MommyAustin User ID: 6342491 164594
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!"

kat83 User ID: 2934264 92428
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

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

wdeckerman User ID: 2791426 143632
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"Needs more spices"

janlaw User ID: 1959325 164577
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!"

danermo User ID: 1141371 159547
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!!!"

cherylyoung User ID: 5912806 96463
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."

angief3204 User ID: 1209757 143593
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

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

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 111587
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"Nothing special about this."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 71698
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

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

tiajbkuntz User ID: 5779231 208103
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 ."

lilybgrace User ID: 5334487 111586
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2010

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

NJPickleFiend User ID: 5103314 142505
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2010

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

ChristinePeck User ID: 5070997 159127
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!"

hhoney916 User ID: 2871365 164576
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

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

rcpark User ID: 4516785 92659
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

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

croxtok User ID: 4064663 92658
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."

littleann1 User ID: 1709381 92427
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."

JANBRAN User ID: 836484 84755
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."

cntbailey User ID: 1507453 142237
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2009

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

mangell User ID: 1869172 143462
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2009

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

Jdenjerelle User ID: 1082307 158102
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!!"

suburbanmom User ID: 3229344 96315
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2008

"Made a half batch."

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