by Olena

Chicken and Whole Wheat Spaghetti Recipe

by Olena

5 from 4 reviews

Chicken and Whole Wheat Spaghetti Recipe

Whole wheat spaghetti is the most cooked type of pasta in my kitchen. For two good reasons. Reason #1 – Costco. It sells the largest most affordable giant box of organic noodles. Reason #2 – kids. They particularly love spaghetti. I don’t think they even know what white pasta tastes like so we have no problem with more nutritious whole wheat.

So, on Wednesday was whole wheat spaghetti recipe turn…after lentils, brown rice and quinoa it was definitely time to give kids pasta before they start to rebel.


This whole wheat spaghetti recipe was one of my best ones so far! It is never the same though as I suck at following even my own recipes. Salty Kalamata olives, sweet chicken pieces, al dente noodles, popping cherry tomatoes and fresh garden basil – amazing 30 minute one pot chicken spaghetti recipe your hungry kids will gobble up.

Mine were sitting at the kitchen’s island colouring and anxiously waiting for dinner. Then screaming “you are the best cooking mommy ever”. Summer breathe was coming from the backyard, top 40 playing on my phone and 3 of us laughing and slurping spaghetti – I love summertime with my children which I will take with me forever! I hope you are having a great great time too!


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Chicken and Whole Wheat Spaghetti Recipe

chicken whole wheat spaghetti recipe

5 from 4 reviews

Chicken and Whole Wheat Spaghetti – healthy whole wheat pasta recipe with chicken, olives, grape tomatoes and basil.

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  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 23 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


  • 1 lb grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 2 medium bell peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp avocado or coconut oil
  • 2 lbs boneless & skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups water or chicken stock
  • 2 cups Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 12 oz whole wheat spaghetti (use GF and adjust cooking time if necessary)
  • Handful of basil, chopped


  1. Preheat large deep skillet or a dutch oven on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add peppers an cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a bowl with sliced tomatoes.
  2. Return skillet to the stove on medium-high heat and add chicken. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until opaque, stirring occasionally. If any juices appear do not drain. Add water (I usually boil a kettle to speed up cooking) or stock, olives, salt, pepper, bay leaves and gently stir. Take a bunch of spaghetti and snap in 3 adding to the skillet. Give a gentle stir to mix ingredients.
  3. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Remove lid, stir well softened spaghetti with the rest of ingredients, cover and cook for 5 more minutes. Turn off heat and add previously cooked peppers, tomatoes and basil. Stir and serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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      1. This was such a quick and yummy meal. Not only colorful but the flavors of all ingredients shone through. I’ll definitely be making this again through the summer!

  1. This is the ONLY pasta dish in my recipe rotation! I love the ease of preparation and the amazing flavor that results. Everyone who I make it for wants seconds!

  2. I have that cheese book! Sadly, I haven’t had time to make anything from it but the recipes are spelled out simply and it seems really approachable. I’d recommend it … if just for the pictures of cheese.
    rose martine

  3. I tried this sauce on turkey meatballs last night and served them to my very picky children and their even pickier cousins. What a HUGE hit! I cannot thank you enough – you’ve added a new staple to their diets …

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