Creamy Chicken Mushroom Pasta Recipe (Keto-Friendly) 🍜

Creamy Chicken Mushroom Pasta Recipe (Keto-Friendly) 🍜

If you haven’t tried this Keto Chicken Mushroom Pasta, you are truly missing out on the ultimate comfort food experience! This easy skillet dish has all the goodness — juicy chicken, earthy mushrooms, vibrant spinach, and silky konjac noodles coated in an addictive cream sauce. Join us as we show you how to make this creamy pasta recipe!

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Preparation and cooking overview

Prepare this keto pasta in just 30 minutes- it’s that simple! First, pan-sear the seasoned chicken thighs in a skillet and set aside. Sauté the mushrooms, garlic, and spinach, and add cream cheese and heavy cream to make a creamy sauce. Toss in cooked chicken thighs and konjac noodles.

Chef’s note

If you prefer a thin sauce in your keto pasta, add some chicken or vegetable broth to the skillet while combining the cream cheese and heavy cream. But if you want a thick sauce, simmer it a bit longer to reduce and thicken it.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Recipe Makes 4 Servings

🍜 Ingredients for chicken mushroom pasta recipe

Let’s make some creamy chicken and mushroom pasta with these simple ingredients!

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 ounces konjac pasta
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
All the ingredients to make Keto chicken mushroom pasta including boneless, skinless chicken thighs, white button mushrooms sliced, konjac pasta, baby spinach, softened cream cheese, heavy cream, minced garlic, olive oil, dried parsley, freshly chopped parsley gathered and displayed on the table.

Ingredient substitutions

If you are planning to change some of the ingredients, try these keto-friendly swaps:

  • Chicken thighs: Substitute chicken thighs with boneless skinless chicken breasts for a similar flavor.
  • White button mushrooms: Swap white button mushrooms with cremini, portobello, or shiitake mushrooms.
  • Cream cheese: If you want a dairy-free option, use coconut cream or unsweetened plant-based cream cheese alternatives made from almonds or cashews.
  • Heavy cream: Substitute heavy cream with unsweetened canned coconut milk for a creamy, plant-based alternative.
  • Olive oil: If you don’t have olive oil, use avocado or coconut oil.
  • Dried parsley: Instead of dried parsley, use fresh chopped parsley for a fresh note in the sauce.

Additional ingredients

Elevate the flavors of this creamy chicken pasta with these optional additions:

  • Bacon bits: For an extra punch of flavor, add some cooked bacon bits to the skillet when sautéing the mushrooms.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes: Toss some sun-dried tomatoes in with the spinach for a tangy contrast to the creamy sauce.
  • Grated Parmesan cheese: Sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan cheese atop the pasta before serving.
  • Red pepper flakes: If you like a bit of heat, add some pepper flakes while simmering the sauce.
  • Fresh basil leaves: Garnish the dish with fresh basil for a fragrant finishing touch.
  • Lemon: Add 2 tablespoons of a squeeze of lemon for a tangy flavor!
Keto creamy chicken mushroom in a cast iron skillet, ready for serving.

Cooking tools required

To make Chicken And Mushroom Pasta, you will need the following kitchen tools:

  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Large cast iron skillet
  • Tongs
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Colander
  • Large bowl
  • Spatula

Tool substitutes list

  • Cast iron skillet: If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, use a large non-stick skillet or deep frying pan.
  • Tongs: Instead of tongs, use a fork or spatula to flip and handle the chicken thighs while cooking.
  • Strainer: If you don’t have a strainer, use a colander or sieve to drain water from konjac pasta.
Low-carb creamy chicken mushroom cooked in a cast iron skillet, prepared and waiting to be served.

How to make Chicken Mushroom Pasta: step-by-step guide

Cooking methods

  • Sautéing
  • Simmering

Preparation steps

  1. Gather and measure all your ingredients.
  2. Wash the mushrooms, spinach, and fresh parsley.
  3. Then, slice the mushrooms and chop fresh parsley.
  4. Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels.
  5. Peel the garlic cloves and mince them.

Cooking steps

  1. Place the konjac pasta in a strainer and rinse it in cold water for about a minute or two. Ensure to thoroughly rinse all the noodles to reduce the natural konjac scent. Set aside.
  2. Season the chicken thighs with sea salt and black pepper on both sides.
  3. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large cast iron skillet.
  4. Add the chicken thighs and cook for 6-8 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  5. In the same skillet, add the sliced mushrooms and minced garlic. Sauté until the mushrooms are tender and golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the spinach to the skillet and cook until it wilts about 2 minutes.
  7. Reduce the heat to low. Add the cream cheese and heavy cream to the skillet, stirring until the cream cheese melts and the sauce becomes creamy and well combined. Add dried parsley and season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  8. Return the chicken thighs to the skillet and simmer in the sauce for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  9. Add the drained konjac pasta to the skillet and toss to coat them evenly with the creamy sauce.
  10. Serve the keto creamy spinach mushroom pasta hot, garnished with fresh parsley.

Chef’s pro tip

Be careful not to overcook the Konjac pasta, or you will have a rubbery texture. Simply add the pasta at the last minute of cooking and mix until coated well with the creamy sauce.

What to serve with chicken mushroom pasta?

You can expand your meal around the keto pasta with these keto-friendly dishes:

  • Roasted Asparagus: To bring a Mediterranean touch to your meal, serve the pasta with tasty roasted asparagus.
  • Keto Kale Salad: This refreshing salad adds a vibrant touch to your plate, making it nutritious.
  • Garlic Butter Green Beans: Pair the pasta with sautéed garlic for a simple yet tasty crunchy side dish.
  • Keto Cornbread: Made with almond flour, this low-carb treat offers the satisfaction of bread without carbs. It’s great for sopping up the creamy pasta sauce.
Keto creamy chicken mushroom dish in a cast iron skillet, prepared to be served with silicone spatula.

How to make it healthier?

  • Use fresh mushrooms and spinach for enhanced taste.
  • Opt for leaner cuts of chicken, like skinless, boneless chicken breasts.
  • Opt for reduced-fat or light cream cheese instead of regular cream cheese. It helps reduce the overall fat content while still providing creaminess to the sauce.

Time-saving tips

  • To cut cooking time, use pre-cooked or rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the thighs from scratch. Simply shred or slice the pre-cooked chicken and add it to the skillet with the sauce.
  • Look for pre-washed spinach at the grocery store to save time washing and drying it yourself.
  • Instead of measuring multiple spices, use a readymade taco seasoning to save prep time.
A close up shot of creamy chicken mushroom in a cast iron skillet.

What can I prepare ahead of time?

  • Cook the chicken thighs in advance and store them in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to cook, shred or slice the pre-cooked chicken and add it to the skillet with the sauce.
  • Slice the mushrooms and mince the garlic ahead of time. Store them in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.

Storage and reheating instructions

Storage tips

  • Allow the leftover chicken pasta to cool down to room temperature. Then, place it in an airtight container.
  • The leftover pasta will remain fresh and delicious in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Best reheating practices

  • Stovetop: Heat the pasta over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally until thoroughly warmed.
  • Microwave: Transfer a portion of the leftover pasta to a microwave-safe dish, cover, and heat in short intervals, stirring between intervals until heated through.

Note: Add a splash of water, chicken broth, or heavy cream to the leftovers to restore moisture when reheating.

Creamy chicken mushroom in a cast iron skillet ready to be served.

Recipe wrap-up conclusion

This Chicken Mushroom Pasta recipe is an ideal way to curb your pasta cravings when on a keto diet. It’s easy and impressively quick to make. Within 30 minutes, you can make a perfect weeknight meal without compromising flavors.

So, do yourself a favor and try this recipe once. After one bite, you will question why you didn’t make this delicacy sooner. Trust us; you will love it!

Want to elevate your keto pasta game? Try these keto recipes!

Frequently asked questions

Traditional chicken mushroom pasta is not keto-friendly because of high-carb ingredients like regular pasta. But the low-carb version like this recipe is keto. It uses Konjac noodles and other low-carb ingredients.

We recommend using fresh baby spinach, but you can also use frozen spinach if you’re short on time. Remember to thaw and drain the excess water before you add it to cook.

One serving of our keto chicken pasta has around 5g of net carbs. This number can vary depending on the ingredients you use.

You can season the chicken, slice the mushrooms, or make the creamy sauce. However, cook the konjac pasta and assemble the dish just before serving for the best texture.

Besides konjac pasta, you can use spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles (zoodles) as keto-friendly alternatives.

Yes, mushrooms are keto-friendly! They are low in carbohydrates and calories, making them a great addition to a ketogenic diet.

📖 Recipe

Low-carb keto chicken mushroom pasta in a cast iron skillet, ready to be served.

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This Keto Chicken Mushroom Pasta is a creamy and comforting low-carb delight, featuring tender chicken, earthy mushrooms, and spinach with konjac noodles in a luscious sauce, all in just 30 minutes!
Course Main Course
Keyword 30-minute, creamy mushroom pasta, keto, keto pasta, low carb, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 333kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms sliced
  • 8 ounces konjac pasta
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • Freshly chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Place the konjac pasta in a strainer and rinse it in cold water for about a minute or two. Ensure to thoroughly rinse all the noodles to reduce the natural konjac scent. Set aside.
  • Season the chicken thighs with sea salt and black pepper on both sides.
  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large cast iron skillet.
  • Add the chicken thighs and cook for 6-8 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the sliced mushrooms and minced garlic. Sauté until the mushrooms are tender and golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the spinach to the skillet and cook until it wilts about 2 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Add the cream cheese and heavy cream to the skillet, stirring until the cream cheese melts and the sauce becomes creamy and well combined. Add dried parsley and season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Return the chicken thighs to the skillet and simmer in the sauce for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Add the drained konjac pasta to the skillet and toss to coat them evenly with the creamy sauce.
  • Serve the keto creamy spinach mushroom pasta hot, garnished with fresh parsley.

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Nutrition

Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 466mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2144IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg

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