Healthy Spicy Chicken Bolognese
Cozy up with a delicious bowl of this healthy spicy chicken bolognese. This nutritious and flavorful sauce is protein-packed, dairy-free, and ready in under 30 minutes! Pair with your favorite pasta and top with fresh basil for a healthy and comforting dinner or lunch.
The best ever spicy chicken bolognese
Nothing beats a cozy bowl of pasta on a cold Winter’s day. I am serious, there is just something about the cold weather that makes me crave a warm, creamy bowl of pasta. Honestly, It gives me the perfect excuse to curl up on the couch with a blanket, a book, and a bowl of this healthy creamy chicken bolognese pasta.
I have to admit, and I might be biased here, this chicken bolognese pasta sauce is not only super creamy, but it is made from hearty and super nutritious ingredients. Think garlic, carrot, ground chicken, and a dash of red chili flakes for that extra kick. This is seriosuly going to be your new favorite healthy dinner recipe.
I have to admit, I absolutely love making a big batch of this creamy chicken bolognese pasta on a Sunday and enjoying it throughout the week! It makes for the best meal prep. That is one of the best things about the healthy lunch and dinner recipe: it is perfect for busy people, families, college students, and athletes on the go! I love pairing mine with Banza chickpea pasta for that extra protein (also plant-based and gluten-free), which makes this creamy chicken bolognese sauce incredibly nutritious.
This simple Fall and Winter dish is just perfect for any occasion. Make it for a cozy dinner, enjoy with your friends, or impress your family! You seriously have to try this easy recipe for the best ever spicy chicken bolognese pasta sauce!
Ingredients in healthy spicy chicken bolognese
You’ll only need a few, simple ingredients to get this easy recipe going! I am all about simplicity and ease, so don’t worry, you won’t need to go to the supermarket and buy a lot of expensive ingredients and spices. You probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry already. For this easy dinner recipe, you’ll need aground chicken, garlic, some seasoning, and of course, pasta!
- Ground Chicken
- Olive oil
- Yellow sweet onion
- Garlic cloves, minced
- Fresh basil, finely chopped
- Large carrot
- Can of diced tomatoes
- Tomato paste
- Chicken broth
- Black pepper
- Red chili flakes
- Pasta: Use your favorite brand! I love Banza chickpea pasta. It is plant-based and packed with protein!
Easy ingredient substitutions for spicy chicken bolognese
You guys probably know by now that I love simple and easy recipes! If you don’t love every ingredient in this one, I am here to help you out with a list of the very best substitutions!
Don’ have ground chicken? Don’t worry! Simply use ground turkey or ground beef.
Don’t have yellow sweet onion? No worries! You can use a red onion! Just make sure the chop finely.
Don’t have garlic cloves? No worries! You can used pre-minced garlic. I love the one from Trader Joe’s!
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What you’ll need to make healthy spicy chicken bolognese
For this easy recipe, you’ll only need a couple of kitchen tools making the clean up super easy! You’ll need a pot to cook the pasta and sauce pot to make the bolognese.
- Cutting board
- Chopping knife
- Baking sheet
- Large pot
- Large Sauce Pot
- Stirring utensil
- Measuring cups: 1 tsp, 1 tbsp, and 1 cup.
How to make the best ever healthy spicy chicken bolognese
My favorite thing about this simple and easy healthy chicken pasta sauce recipe (besides the taste of course) is how easy it is to make! This recipe takes less than 60 minutes from start to finish and is absolutely perfect for healthy family dinners!
First, prepare pasta according to package, drain. Set aside.
Next, in a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in the finely diced onion and cook for 4 – 5 minutes until the onion is translucent.
Then, add in the ground chicken (or ground turkey or beef) and cook for 4 minutes. Then, add in minced garlic, basil, and carrots. Stir and cook for additional 2 minutes, until meat is no longer pink.
Now, add in diced tomatoes, tomatoes paste, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and red chili flakes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings and salt as necessary.
Now it is time to add your cooked pasta into the pan. Stir until well combined and heated.
Serve with some fresh basil, some parmesan cheese, and enjoy! Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for 3 months.
How to store extra spicy chicken bolognese
Make extra? No worries, this healthy spicy chicken bolognese pasta sauce is actually the best meal prep recipe ever! I love to save my extras in a sealed airtight container in the fridge. You can save any extras for up to 5 days!
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Cozy up with a delicious bowl of this spicy chicken bolognese. This nutritious and flavorful sauce is healthy, protein-packed, and dairy-free! Pair with your favorite pasta and top with fresh basil for a healthy and comforting dinner or lunch.
- 16 oz pasta of choice (I used rigatoni)
- 1 lbs ground chicken
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1 medium yellow sweet onion
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 Tbs fresh basil, finely chopped
- 1 large carrot, quartered thinly sliced
- 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 tsp salt, more to taste
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 – 2 tsp crushed red chili flakes, more or less to taste
- Prepare pasta according to package, drain. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in finely diced onion and cook for 4 – 5 minutes until onion is translucent.
- Add in ground chicken and cook for 4 minutes.
- Add in minced garlic, basil, and carrots. Stir. Cook for additional 2 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink.
- Add in diced tomatoes, tomatoes paste, chicken brother, salt, pepper, and red chili flakes. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings and salt as necessary.
- Pour your cooked pasta into the pan, and stir until well combined.
- Serve with some fresh basil, some parmesan cheese, and enjoy! Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freezer for 3 months.
* Any pasta will work with this recipe.
* Substitute with ground turkey or ground beef if desired.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Lunch & Dinner
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: Italian
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