White Cheddar Chicken Pasta garnished with a sprig of basil on a square white plate next to a stainless steel fork with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

White Cheddar Chicken Pasta

White Cheddar Cheese adds a sharp, unique flavor to this white sauce pasta with chicken. Perfect for a weeknight meal in 30 minutes.

My favorite type of cheese is extra sharp cheddar cheese. We have a few recipes that use white cheddar cheese, and it’s delicious. We never seem to use a full block, so we have to find ways to use leftovers. Justin came up with white cheddar chicken pasta one night using a few different leftovers.

The first time I used white cheddar cheese was to make French Onion Steaks. I’ll be honest, before that, I didn’t know there was white cheddar cheese! I’ve always loved yellow cheddar cheese, though.

The white cheddar cheese gives a sharpness to the pasta sauce that makes it a bit different from most white sauces we’ve made before. And the sauce comes out very creamy, which I always prefer. 

The meal didn’t take too long to make, either. Only about 30 minutes, so it’s something that could easily be thrown together on a busy weeknight. With Tyler in elementary school now and Justin is his Den Leader for Cub Scouts, our weeknights have been getting busier every week.

Step by Step

Cook the pasta as directed.

Meanwhile, mix 1/4 cup of flour with the basil, salt, and pepper.

Flour combined with seasonings in a stainless steel bowl on a white surface

Coat each chicken breast in the flour mixture. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Then place the chicken in the warm pan. Turn the heat to medium-low and cook the chicken. Flip as needed, until it is cooked through. 

Chicken breast covered with flour cooking in melted butter in a cast iron pan on a white surface

Remove the chicken from the pan and cut it into strips.

Sliced cooked chicken on a white plate with a fork and knife

Pour in the white wine and milk.

Milk and butter in a cast iron pan with fried chicken drippings on a white surface

Slowly whisk in 2 tbsp of flour and raise the heat to medium-high.

Gravy sauce in a large cast iron skillet on a white surface

Bring the sauce to a boil while stirring constantly for about one minute. Then turn the heat to low and stir in the cheese until it’s melted. 

White cheddar cream in a cast iron pan on a white surface

Place each portion of pasta on your serving plates. Top with chicken and pour the sauce over everything. Garnish with fresh basil if desired.

White Cheddar Chicken Pasta garnished with a sprig of basil on a square white plate next to a stainless steel fork with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: December 3, 2018

Last Updated On: January 24, 2020

White Cheddar Chicken Pasta garnished with a sprig of basil on a square white plate next to a stainless steel fork with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface

White Cheddar Chicken Pasta

White Cheddar Cheese adds a sharp, unique flavor to this white sauce pasta with chicken. Perfect for a weeknight meal in 30 minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, chicken, pasta
Servings: 4 servings
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz linguine noodles
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 lb chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup white cooking wine
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 oz white cheddar cheese (shredded)

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Instructions

  • Cook the linguine according to the directions
  • Combine 1/4 cup of flour with the basil, salt, and pepper
  • Coat each chicken breast with the flour mixture
  • In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, melt the butter
  • Add the chicken to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low
  • Cook for about 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through, flipping as needed
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and cut into strips
  • Pour in the white cooking wine and milk
  • Slowly whisk in the flour and raise the heat to medium-high
  • Bring to a boil for about one minute, stirring constantly
  • Turn the heat to low and add the cheese, stirring until it’s melted
  • Place a serving of pasta on each plate, top with chicken and cover with the sauce
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Nutrition Facts
White Cheddar Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 562 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 116mg39%
Sodium 509mg21%
Potassium 654mg19%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 505IU10%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 291mg29%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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45 thoughts on “White Cheddar Chicken Pasta”

  1. Pinning this asap! My husband and I are obsessed with pasta and must try this as soon as possible. Definitely going on next weeks meal plan!

  2. OK, def gonna have to try this sometime. My hubby has cornered the market in our house on making homemade mac’n’cheese, but this is just enough different that I can get away with making it/not causing a revolt!

      1. Hah, we have a few recipes that aren’t to be messed with, too! Here it’s Justin’s BBQ Burgers. I’m glad you guys all liked this one and sounds like there wasn’t any revolt! πŸ™‚

  3. You had me at cheese. I love cheese sauces (but they don’t love my hips so much). I like this combination – it’s like mac n cheese with spaghetti and chicken added. LOVE IT.

  4. This is amazing recipe, we tried something similar to this, but This is looks delicious and surely need to try it.

  5. Very easy and delicious recipe! Everyone who eats meat like chicken, it’s a great sunday get-together meal! White wine or red?

  6. I’m partial to lighter, creamier cheese but my spouse (who’s also the cook!) likes sharper ones. So this will definitely happen πŸ™‚ Looks delicious!

  7. Great idea! I’m always looking for easy recipes to prepare dinner fast, but which are nutritious as well! Cheddar cheese is not easy to find here in Europe though, I have never tried it myself! What other type of cheese could replace the cheddar?

  8. Ooooh, this looks really simple to make and really interesting. I want to try this! What kind of pasta do you recommend or do you have any personal favorites? I have been really interested in trying new kinds of pasta lately since I received French pasta for Christmas.

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