Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

Whip up this 20 minute EASY chicken scampi with angel hair pasta for dinner. This recipe uses simple ingredients you're likely to have on hand, perfect for a midweek meal.

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta
Aaron Hutcherson

Most people associate scampi with shrimp and other shellfish, but guess what? This classic pasta dish works just as well with chicken.

The richness from the butter and olive oil is balanced by the acidity of the lemon juice and white wine. You also get a punch of garlic, a hint of heat from the red pepper flakes, and some freshness from the parsley.

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta
Aaron Hutcherson

How to Make a Creamy Chicken Scampi Sauce

The most important thing to remember with this recipe is to reserve some of the pasta cooking water. It helps to make a luscious sauce that brings all of the ingredients together.

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta in a skillet
Aaron Hutcherson

This recipe is all about the sauce and the pasta. If you'd like more protein or fresh vegetables in your meal, feel free to increase the amount of chicken or throw in whatever veggies you have in the fridge.

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Can I Make This Without Wine?

Make this chicken scampi alcohol-free by substituting chicken broth plus an optional tablespoon of white or cider vinegar for the wine.

If you don't have any dry white wine on hand, substitute a semi-sweet white wine — although it will add some sweetness to the sauce. Or use dry white vermouth in place of the wine.

How to Reheat Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken

Because angel hair pasta is so thin, it sticks together easily and is not the most ideal pasta if you know you'll be reheating this dish. We suggest using a thicker pasta such as spaghetti or even a shaped pasta such as rotini if you know you'll have a significant amount of leftovers that you'll want to reheat.

To reheat this dish, add a little olive oil to a pan over medium heat and cook until just heated through,

Mix-ins for Even More Flavor

To add some more flavor and color, try these additions:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Cooked broccoli
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Toasted pine nuts

What to Serve With Chicken Scampi

From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 2 to 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound angel hair pasta

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken cutlets

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/8 teaspoon (a big pinch) crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, or Pinot Grigio

  • 1 lemon, zest and juice (about 1 tablespoon of zest and 3 tablespoons of juice)

  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

  • Lemon wedges for serving

Method

  1. Make the pasta:

    Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water, according to package instructions or until al dente. Scoop out about a cup of the pasta cooking water and set it aside. Drain the pasta.

  2. Cook the chicken:

    Meanwhile, melt the butter with the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Pat the chicken dry and season both sides with the salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook about 2 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through.

    Transfer the chicken to a cutting board to rest, leaving the fat in the pan.

    Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta
    Aaron Hutcherson
  3. Make the sauce:

    Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and lemon juice, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, and simmer until reduced by about half, 3 to 5 minutes.

    Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta
    Aaron Hutcherson
    Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta
    Aaron Hutcherson
  4. Finish the pasta and serve:

    Add the cooked pasta, lemon zest, parsley, and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water to the skillet and toss to combine. If it seems too dry or like the sauce isn't coating the pasta, stir in some more of the reserved pasta cooking water.

    Cut the chicken into slices and toss with the pasta. Serve with extra lemon wedges for squeezing over the scampi.

    Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta
    Aaron Hutcherson
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
425 Calories
17g Fat
50g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 425
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 254mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 121mg 604%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 575mg 12%
*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.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.