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This quick Basil Parmesan Pasta with Crispy Chicken, Prosciutto, and Arugula is that bowl of homemade pasta that tastes like you just picked it up at your favorite restaurant. Lightly breaded parmesan chicken pan-fried until golden and crispy. The chicken is served over a big bowl of creamy basil and parmesan pasta. Each bowl is finished with warm prosciutto and lemon tossed arugula. Every bite is layered with creamy basil parmesan sauce, crispy chicken, salty prosciutto, and lemony peppered greens. It’s delicious…especially with an extra sprinkling of parmesan and a squeeze of lemon on top!

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned this story before, but when I was a kid we would typically have pasta on Friday nights. My dad would make his usual delicious pasta dish. It was a dinner my mom and I looked forward to every weekend. Sometimes he would switch it up and do a pizza. But the pizzas just didn’t quite live up to his Friday Night Pasta Dishes.

Both my mom and I love pasta, so pasta once a week often wasn’t enough. So sometimes on weeknights, my dad would serve use noodles tossed with butter and basil. Simple, but such a good flavor.

Today’s recipe is a much more exciting version but brings back all those childhood memories…so I especially love it.

Basil Parmesan Pasta with Crispy Chicken, Prosciutto, and Arugula | halfbakedharvest.com

The inspiration…

Funny enough this is yet another pasta dish inspired by the Cheesecake Factory (thanks for your suggestions!), the Bellagio pasta. To refresh your memory, a few weeks ago I shared this southern style creamy parmesan chicken pasta. While I was researching that recipe, I came across a photo of their Bellagio pasta. At the time, I went back and forth about which pasta I should attempt to recreate. In the end, I went with that spicy cajun pasta.

And it was a good idea. That pasta has quickly become everyone’s favorite, and with good reason, it’s delicious. We love a little spicy cajun heat.

BUT this basil parmesan pasta is equally delicious, just very different, probably more Italian-like. This is not quite the same as the Bellagio pasta served up at the Cheesecake Factory. I changed a few things, but it’s similar, and please, please hear me when I say, it’s SO GOOD.

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Here are the details…

I like to start with the chicken. Using chicken cutlets or thinly sliced chicken is KEY. You don’t want a cut that’s too thick or it will not evenly cook throughout.

For the breading, I like to use a mix of Panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. It has just the right amount of cheesy crunch.

Once I have the chicken prepped, I boil up the pasta and start working on the sauce.

Basil Parmesan Pasta with Crispy Chicken, Prosciutto, and Arugula | halfbakedharvest.com

For the sauce, it’s similar to a fettuccine Alfredo sauce, but different, because of the large amounts of basil. There is A LOT of basil, but it’s what makes this pasta so good. To keep the sauce on the lighter side, I use a mix of chicken broth and cream. It’s a little looser than an Alfredo sauce but still creamy and cheesy enough.

I think of it as a light cream sauce with a touch of decadence.

While the sauce is simmering, pan fry the chicken. I kept the chicken simple but when placed atop the creamy sauce? Beyond good.

Once the sauce has simmered, toss in the pasta. I like to use spaghetti or linguine, but really any cut of pasta will do! And that’s it! Well, actually, first I like to warm a little prosciutto in a skillet and mix up a lemony arugula salad to finish.

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Finish it up

Serve the pasta topped with the chicken. Then I like to add warm prosciutto, fresh arugula, and an extra dusting of parmesan…for good measure.

When all combined together, ’tis a very delicious meal.

The pasta is heavy on the basil with just the right amount of creaminess and cheese. The chicken is perfectly crisp, and when tossed with the pasta…totally delish. The prosciutto adds a nice salty element and the arugula on top keeps everything feeling fresh and light for the spring days ahead.

What I love about this recipe is that it really does look and taste like a dish you’d order out from your favorite Italian spot. But it’s all made at home and in under an hour too.

It’s pretty hard to beat. In fact, my mom’s exact words were as follows…

I LOVEE 💕 ❤️  it!

PERFECT!!!

😍

She’s never this enthusiastic about a recipe unless it’s really, really GOOD. So take her word for it and enjoy! Hoping this dish makes for a fun Monday night pasta for you guys! But of course, this dish is still perfect for any night of the week – enjoy!

Basil Parmesan Pasta with Crispy Chicken, Prosciutto, and Arugula | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other easy dinner recipes? Here are a few to try:

One Pan Baked Cheesy Basil Pasta

Southern Style Creamy Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Roasted Garlic Butter Chicken with Lemon Olive Dressing

Lastly, if you make this Basil Parmesan Pasta with Crispy Chicken, Prosciutto, and Arugula be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Basil Parmesan Pasta with Crispy Chicken, Prosciutto, and Arugula

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 412 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Place the Panko, 1/2 cup parmesan, and the onion powder in a shallow bowl. Dredge both sides of the chicken through the Panko, pressing to adhere by using your fist to really make the crumbs stick. Place the chicken on a plate. Set aside.
    2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain.
    3. To make the sauce. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and the garlic together over medium-high heat. Cook 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Add the butter and stir in the basil. Add a pinch each of red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Cook another minute, until the basil is fragrant, then pour in the broth and cream. Add the cream cheese. Whisk until smooth. Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer and cook 5-8 minutes, until thickened slightly.
    4. To cook the chicken. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook until golden brown on the other side, 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and season with salt. Slice into thin strips. Add the prosciutto to the pan and cook 1 minute to warm through.
    5. To the sauce, stir in 1 cup parmesan. Toss in the pasta and cook 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat and stir in the parsley.
    6. Toss the arugula with a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Divide the pasta between plates and top with slices of chicken, warm prosciutto, and arugula. Twirl and devour...with bread on the side.
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  1. 5 stars
    Super delicious and super easy, for a very fancy looking result! I love recipes like these. My family loved this (though the kids would not eat the prosciutto!)

    1. Hey there,
      Happy Friday!! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xx

  2. 5 stars
    I know I’m a little late to the party, but I made this last night and it was EXCEPTIONAL! I did cook the chicken in the air fryer, used 1c of panko and 1c of parm, and had just enough breading for my pound of thinly sliced chicken. Make this recipe! You’ll be glad you did!

    1. Hi Nicole,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad it was enjoyed!! Have the best week:) xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    This was phenomenal – EXACTLY as written. Holy cow. Looks restaurant quality, but not nearly as difficult as I would have thought from the photos.

    1. Hi Lora,
      Happy Friday!! I am thrilled that this recipe was a hit, thanks so much for trying it out!! xx

  4. Loved this meal so much that I am making it again just two weeks later! Love the flavor that the prosciutto adds 🙂 Thanks for this!

    1. Hey Kaitlin,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

    1. Hi Karen,
      Happy Sunday!! Love to hear that you have enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for making it!! xx

  5. I’m curious why the pasta is made early on in the recipe. I usually make my pasta towards the end. Sitting pasta tends to stick together. Am I missing something?

    1. Hi Debbie,
      While the pasta is cooking, I am completing steps 3 and 4, but you can make your pasta whenever you like:) Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan,
    Made this a few times now and it is such a hit. It is really delicious with beautiful presentation. I follow your directions perfectly and it always comes out a winner. The combo of basil, creamy pasta, crispy tender chicken, prosciutto and lemony arugula is a match made in heaven. Subtle enough for picky eaters or kids; fancy enough for everyone else.
    I have made this dish a few more times with just pesto pasta, and it works nicely too. Your recipes are wonderful, thank you.

    1. Hi Shannon,
      Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad to hear that it was a hit!! xTieghan

  7. I made this recipe tonight, exactly as written and it was absolutely out of this world ! My husband, who is a rather picky eater had two heaping platefuls. Knockout recipe, i recommend following the recipe exactly, as there are no substitutions that could possibly make this any better than it already is. Another complete knockout on HBH !

    1. Hi Sophie,
      Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad to hear that it was a hit!! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    Amazing! We’ve made it twice already and have shared the recipe with everyone we know!

    My husband claims it hits a spot that no other recipe has.

    SO delicious.

    1. Hey Hannah,
      Fantastic! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xx

  9. 5 stars
    This is a fantastic recipe! I added some pesto to the pasta & cooked my chicken using the flour, egg, panko method (with lemon zest & parm added to the panko). This reminded me of Cheesecake Factory’s chicken Bellagio dish. But waaaay better!

    1. Hi Katie,
      Fantastic! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xx

  10. 5 stars
    Tried out the recipe this evening and it was a hit! We opted for cooking the chicken and Prosciutto in the air fryer. After coating the chicken in egg to help the panko cheese mix stick, we popped it in at 375 for about 9 minutes. We did the Prosciutto for about a minute as well at the same temp. Both came out nice and crispy and paired amazingly with the recipe. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us! Will definitely make it again.

    1. Hi Lindsey,
      Awesome!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! xx

  11. 5 stars
    So good! Definitely could be something you order at a favorite restaurant! Make this for people, they will love it!

    1. Hey Sam,
      Awesome!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! xx

    1. Hey Niki,
      Happy Wednesday!! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed!! xT