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Spicy chicken and asparagus pasta

29 April 2014

A delicious spicy chicken and asparagus pasta dish which can be adjusted to suit your taste - simply increase or reduce the amount of chilli. This makes a terrific quick dinner when British asparagus is in season.

Spicy chicken and asparagus pasta
Spicy chicken and asparagus pasta

Preparation time

5 minutes

Cooking time

15 minutes




  • 1 bundle British asparagus
  • 4-5 chicken thighs, cut into 6 pieces
  • 100g smoked pancetta or bacon, cubed
  • 3-4 shallots, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped or 1 tsp chilli powder to taste
  • 1 tbsp rosemary, very finely chopped
  • 1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 300g dried spaghetti pasta
  • 50g parmesan cheese, grated


Trim the ends of the asparagus then chop the spears into 4-5 pieces.

Fry the chicken for 5-6 minutes in a hot pan with some oil then add the pancetta, shallots, garlic, chilli and rosemary and cook over a medium heat for a further 3-4 minutes.

Add the asparagus and chopped tomatoes then simmer for another 3-4 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and sugar.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta to the packets instructions in boiling salted water, drain then add to the sauce, grate over some parmesan cheese before serving.

Calories per serving: 503
Sugar: 7g
Fat: 14g
Saturated fat: 5.4g
Salt: 1.3g

Our thanks to British Asparagus for providing this recipe.


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