Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta

Who doesn't love pasta with mushrooms and chicken?

creamy chicken and mushroom pasta recipe
Photo: Caitlin Bensel

This simple pasta dinner combines tender bites of chicken with hearty mushrooms in a decadent cream sauce. Unlike many creamy pasta dishes, this one stays on the side of balanced, not cloying, thanks to a glug of sherry vinegar and a sprinkle of herbaceous tarragon leaves at the end.

Butter-slicked egg noodles are the perfect pairing for the sauce, but corn-based pasta would be a good substitution if you're gluten-free. Or, if you want to change up your leftovers, spoon the sauce over brown basmati rice.


  • 8 ounces wide egg noodles

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided

  • 24 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms

  • 1 ¾ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted chicken broth

  • ¾ cup half-and-half

  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (from 1 rotisserie chicken)

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon, divided


  1. Cook egg noodles in a large pot according to package directions. Drain and return to pot; toss with 1 tablespoon butter. Partially cover with lid to keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large, high-sided skillet over medium-high. Add mushrooms in an even layer; cook, undisturbed, until starting to crisp and brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Toss and continue to cook until browned in spots, about 4 minutes. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and toss. Cook, undisturbed, until mushrooms are browned and tender, 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Add ¾ teaspoon salt to mushrooms and stir to combine. Add broth and half-and-half; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer until mixture starts to thicken and reduce slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  5. Add vinegar and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Fold in chicken, 2 tablespoons tarragon, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Top noodles with mushroom mixture and remaining 1 tablespoon tarragon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

617 Calories
32g Fat
49g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 617
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 165mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 37g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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