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Linguini with Chicken and Goat Cheese

This Linguini with Chicken and Goat Cheese is one of my favorite pastas. It’s beautiful, filling, easy on the budget and only takes minutes to make!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy dinner recipe, easy pasta recipe, kid-friendly recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Linda Spiker


  • 1 16 oz package linguine, cooked to package instructions
  • 1 chicken breast, cut into ½ inch cubes, salted and peppered
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced (or grated)
  • ¾ cups jarred sun dried tomatoes, drained of oil
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • cup roasted pine nuts
  • 10 basil leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 10 small mushrooms sliced
  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 4-8 oz soft goat cheese, crumble (it’s a little sticky, but no worries
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin Olive oil (separated)
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste, optional


  1. Place large pot of water with 2 teaspoons sea salt on stove to boil. While water is heating, cut up chicken breast, sprinkle with salt and pepper and set aside. Mince garlic, chop basil, slice mushrooms, grate Parmesan, crumble goat cheese and toast pine nuts.

  2. Add pasta to boiling water and cook till al dente.
  3. While pasta is boiling:

    Place 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet and heat on med/high heat. When oil is hot add chicken and sauté for a few minutes. The chicken should cook very quickly. When it is almost cooked through (3-4 minutes), add white wine and garlic to pan with chicken, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any chicken bits and browning that occurred while cooking chicken. Add broth and bring to a low boil then add sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, butter and basil to pan. Cook for 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. When pasta is done cooking, strain in colander (do not rinse) and place in large bowl. Immediately drizzle with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and toss. Pour chicken and sauce mixture over pasta and toss. Add grated Parmesan and pine nuts and toss some more. Taste and season with more salt and red pepper flakes if desired.

  5. To plate: Put desired amount of pasta on plate and then top with as much soft goat cheese as you want. I say the more the better!