An absolutely incredible recipe for Becky Higgins’ Garlic Chicken Farfalle with a few edits from myself. This is going to be your new go-to dinner recipe!

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Becky Higgins’ Garlic Chicken Farfalle

Oh. My. I just tried this recipe from Becky Higgins and OH MY. It is seriously the most flavorful, most AMAZING tasting pasta I have EVER had!!! Beats ANYTHING I’ve ever had at Olive Garden HANDS DOWN. And it was soooooooo super amazingly easy, you MUST try this. ASAP. I was simply stunned at how *flavorful* it was!!! And how all the flavors were just went together perfectly!! I’ve had this recipe for several weeks now and I cannot BELIEVE I didn’t make it sooner!! I am kicking myself!!! I will be making this *all the time*. Next person to come over to my house will get this. Becky Higgins’ must be a culinary *genius*!!!! ;)

Okay, enough with the teasing, and onto the recipe!!!! I’m posting the recipe exactly like she has it on her webpage, but read afterwards for my slight adjustments. But trust me this thing does NOT need to be adjusted much!! :)

My Adjustments

  • If this were my recipe, I’d call it Spicy Chicken Farfalle. :D Or something like that. All the flavors of this pasta are simply amazing. Have I said that yet?
  • My crockpot died on me, so I google’d it, and the oven temperature equivalent of a crock pot is 200 degrees. So I cooked my chicken (since it was just me and Kevin, I only used 2 chicken breasts) in the oven for 6 hours at 200 degrees and it was juuuuuuuust perfect. I also made it 2 days in advance and just refrigerated it until I was ready to make the pasta. I heated the chicken up in the microwave for 1 min before mixing it in with the pasta. It turned out just fine, it was not dry at all.
  • 16 oz of pasta makes a tooooooooooooooooooon!!! Definitely enough to feed *at least* 4 adults. Next time, if it’s just me and Kevin, I’m definitely cutting the pasta down to 8 oz but leaving everything else the same. Except for the rest of my adjustments below. :D Oh and boil your pasta with ONE TABLESPOON of salt. Yes I said it! 1 whole tbsp!! It’s one of those hidden secrets that no one ever tells you that can really add that “secret ingredient effect” to your dish. But I am telling you now so try it. Trust me. ;)
  • Okay, she warns you about the pepper, and I really do like pepper but MAN! She ain’t lyin’!!! lol. I used the whole tbsp like she said, and it wasn’t so peppery it was ruined, but it might’ve been for those who don’t like pepper. I DO like pepper and next time I’m cutting the pepper back to a half tbsp, and then taste testing it right before I mix everything together to see if I want to add more.
  • The bacon adds this *amazing* taste to the pasta like you would NOT believe, so don’t skimp on the bacon and don’t use bacon bits!! lol. They just won’t do! ;) The trick to frying bacon in a pan is to cut your bacon in half and cook on loooooooow to medium low heat (on my electric stove which ranges from 1 – 9, I put it on like 4) and just watch it. It takes a loong time but when one side starts to get brown, flip it over and do the other side. Just keep on checking it. lol. Make layers of bacon and paper towels on a plate until you’re all done. I fry up a lb at a time on the weekends and freeze it and use it whenever I need it. I pulled out about 16 slices to make this pasta and heated them up in the microwave for 1 min. They weren’t too crispy, so I couldn’t “crumble” them, but I sliced them up with a big knife and they did just perfect. :)
  • I love cheese so I used more like 1 cup of cheese in the sauce. :D And remember, it calls for *shredded* Parmesan cheese, which is not the same thing as grated Parmesan cheese that comes in a cylinder like you put on spaghetti. Shredded Parmesan cheese comes in a bag like next to the shredded cheddar cheese. Publix didn’t have the shredded Parmesan cheese, so I got one of those 6 cheese Italian mixes (finely shredded) and it was wonderful. I ate a couple handfuls just plain. Oops, did I say that outloud.

Whew, that went on longer than I thought. And here’s a pic of my new FAVORITE meal ever!!!!! :)

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Becky Higgins’ Garlic Chicken Farfalle

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Crock Pot
  • Cuisine: American


An absolutely incredible recipe for Becky Higgins’ Garlic Chicken Farfalle with a few edits from myself. This is going to be your new go-to dinner recipe!



  • 16 ounces Farfalle pasta
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 34 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, crushed OR garlic salt (I do a spoonful of crushed garlic)
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (12 oz) Lawry’s mesquite marinade with lime juice


  1. Crock pot chicken and bottle of marinade on low for 6 hours. Pull marinated chicken out of the juices, allow to cool a little bit, and shred (I pull it apart). Set this aside.
  2. About a half-hour before serving, boil the pasta. In a small saucepan, melt butter, add garlic, whipping cream, pepper, parmesan cheese, and crumpled bacon. Whisk together on low heat for 3-4 minutes. In a large bowl, pour over cooked, drained pasta, add chicken and stir through.
  3. Sprinkle a little bit more shredded parmesan cheese on top.


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47 Responses
  1. Paula Noakes

    Hi! Just to update, I’ve been making this meal for years now. It is a family favorite, and my mother-in-law often requests it when it’s hubby & my turn to cook dinner. We actually use the herb & garlic marinade, which is so delicious! Not everybody in my family likes the mesquite/lime flavors, so we go with what’s most popular! Also, I use gluten-free rotini instead of farfalle. I am gluten-sensitive, so the GF noodles make my day. I haven’t found farfalle, yet, but the rotini is yummy and absorbs the flavors very well. Thanks so much for posting this recipe. I refer folks to you when I’m asked for it (and that happens a lot!).

    1. Amanda

      So glad you enjoy, it’s one of our favorites too!! I’ll have to try it with the herb and garlic marinade, sounds so good!! :)

  2. Kim O'Dell

    I have noticed that no stores in my area sell Lawry’s Mesquite Marinade with Lime anymore – I’m so bummed, as this is my all time favorite crock pot meal!!!! Any suggestions on a different marinade to use?

  3. Tom

    Made this today (11/4/2015) I was excellent. 16oz of noodles was WAY to much for this recipe. In addition to that I had 4 breasts(small) which was to much also I would also suggest starting out with half of TBSP pepper and then add more to your desire.

  4. Paula

    I made this dish today and it was VERY good. I accidentally bought maple flavor bacon (heck I was just looking at what was the meatiest). So it gave it a bit of a sweet taste, which my daughter loved. will make it again using regular bacon. can’t wait to compare!

  5. Marcy

    Wanted to try this last minute so I skipped the crock pot chicken and just did some pan-seared chicken breasts. It was delicious! I did halve it for just two of us.

  6. Ali

    This was delicious and the entire family really enjoyed it. It was a bit too salty and I plan on using unsalted butter next time and NOT adding any salt to the noodle water. It was almost too salty to eat but the flavors were amazing. We also didn’t add any pepper at all as I have some pretty heat sensitive kids.

  7. Sharon

    Wow a whole pound of bacon????? Really? There is only two of us as well so I’d cut all in half. The recipe looks absolutly delicious but dangerously decadent. Aside from reducing the recipe I would get really good bacon and cut the bacon to 1/4 lb. Good bacon goes a long way when it come to flavor. Ill let you know how it goes :)

  8. Cici

    I really liked this meal. The best part by far was the sauce… but there wasn’t enough of it. After reading all of the suggestions, I decided to use 4 breasts with 1 TBS of salt in the water and all 16oz of pasta, but I started with 1/2 TBS of pepper. All good. I didn’t add all 4 of the breasts because they were dry and there wasn’t enough sauce for all of that pasta and all of the chicken. If you decide to follow the suggestion of cutting the pasta in half, you should be fine. However, with our 5 adults and 1 child, we need the full 16oz of pasta! I will definitely make this again, but I plan on doubling the sauce (not the bacon… that’s just too decadent… but who wouldn’t love that??). The flavor of the Lawry’s marinade really did not come through once the chicken was shredded… so I don’t know that having THAT SPECIFIC FLAVOR was even necessary. I used fresh grated parmesan and that was sensational in the flavor!

  9. Mollie

    Just made this tonight and it was delicious!!! Can’t wait to try more recipes from your site. I think I will be cooking all of my chicken in a crockpot now!! Thanks so much Amanda!!!

  10. Rachael

    This is THE most amazing recipe that I discovered through pinterest. I all but just glance at the photo and start to drool; it’s been made almost routinely once a month since I discovered it! I add spinach to add in a little bit of nutrients, double the sauce (same amount of bacon, but double the cheese, butter, and cream) and cook 1 lb. of pasta. SO SO delicious – thank you!!

  11. Jessica

    Wow. This dish is sooo good, and it is super easy to make. The sauce is amazing, and please don’t skimp on the bacon. It adds so much flavor. I probably could do without the chicken and just eat the pasta and sauce. I didn’t put the whole amount of pepper, and it turned out fine. I might add a little more next time. I also didn’t have real butter so I had to use margarine, and it still turned out amazing. This does make a ton of food, but it is soooo good!

  12. Rachael

    I am making this for the third time tonight…having seen it on Pinterest. The overwhelmingly positive comments and description made me laugh! This is AMAZING! I double the sauce and add spinach. It makes SO much and we eat it all (we’re huge leftover people). This is, hands-down, our favorite home meal!!

  13. Beth in OH

    Okay, so it’s one thing to rave about a recipe, but to see all the positive responses from those who made your recipe was the clincher. I am SO making this within the next few days!

  14. Mary

    They were out of the mesquite marinade at my supermarket so I tried substituting in a garlic&herb marinade! I love love love garlic and this came out SOO tasty! A nice little twist on this absolutely delicious dish! Love your site! I think I have cooked almost everything on here :)

  15. Amber

    I made this recipe last night – SO good!! With my lack of sheer love for cooking (and time), I finally got a “wow! this is good!” from my husband :) And it was so easy to make. So, thanks for the great recipe. And I learned the new trick of cooking bacon in the oven; no mess – my new favorite thing!

  16. Ashley

    oh my goodness i made this the other day and it is amazing! we even had it the next day for leftovers and it was just as delicious. thanks for sharing :)

  17. Sandra

    I have made two recipes from your website. The Becky Higgins Garlic Chicken Pasta and the Slow Cooked Pulled Pork. Both meals turned out amazing! My husband has been bragging to everyone about the fabulous food! Thank you!

  18. Jami

    You haven’t steered me wrong yet, so I am adding this to the dinner menu for next week. By the way, how do you eat like this and stay thin? I am trying some of your dieting tips and it is going pretty well, but there are days… :)

  19. Krizann

    Hi! I’ve tried some of your recipes and i love all of them! i want to try this one too, but we dont have Lawry’s mesquite marinade here in the Philippines.. what can i substitute for that? thanks a lot!!!

  20. Helen Cavallo

    Do you any vegetarian recipes…yeah, yeah I know but a good friend is a veggie and I like to include something for her.

  21. Helen Cavallo

    Love your website. I plan to make your pulled pork recipe this weekend. The garlic chicken pasta sounds yummy, too. I might try that as well. Thanks :)

  22. Meghan

    This was so good!! I keep trying new recipes out on my family and most of them dont impress, but this one everyone loved. My mum cant stop talking about it! Thanks so much!!

  23. Heather K.

    We substituted Lawry’s Buffalo BBQ marinade and cut the pepper back a bit because the marinade has quite a bit of cayenne pepper in it. Delicious! The original is also fabulous, but I thought we’d try out a new twist!

  24. Mari

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit! (Hard to compete with the Grilled Chicken Pasta in Tomato Cream Sauce, but it was close) I heeded your warning about the pepper and only used a little over a teaspoon – could have used a bit more. Definitely don’t forget the shredded Parmesan on top! It really adds to the flavor.

  25. Kedra

    love the recipe, thanks! It was delicious!!
    I agree with how much it makes and I also think that it has too much cream. The whipping cream is just really heavy and I might change that part of the recipe to lower the fat & cal. I know that is why it is sooo good but it would still be good with less fatting things. Just an idea…. but very tasty! Now I’m off to workout~

  26. Patti

    Amanda, I have ALWAYS loved your site and am a frequent visitor! I am crock-potting the chicken for this right now!!! I can’t wait to try it. Oh and I LOVE LOVE LOVE all your fonts and will have to show you my scrappy pages someday! <3 You rock!

  27. Lynn

    Tried this one last night! YUM YUM!! I’m sure we will tackle all the leftovers this weekend! You were right….we are really pasta people….but that was way too much pasta. I know you said so, but I have to try it the wrong way 1st!!! Next time I will use half or 2/3 of the box. It was still delicious. I just think it would be better if you didn’t have to share that good sauce with the over abundance of pasta.

  28. Shannon

    This sounded so good that I made it for my husband and two kids (ages 9 and 5). Everyone liked it, but it made a ton!! There’s no way we could’ve eaten it all in one sitting. I ended up freezing the leftovers in a few small freezer bags. A couple of days later, I warmed one up in the microwave and it was just as good (maybe better!).

  29. Doris

    This looks great. I’ve enjoyed your website. Bumped into it because of the fonts, but I’m liking your receipes. Have printed 3 so far and am off to the store!

  30. Jenn P.-in PA

    Your site is so addicting! I just simply wanted to get a couple ideas on how to rearrange my craft room and found myself checking out your whole entire site! Wow! I am inspired…by so much here. You guys are awesome! What a great husband-Valentines day was really cute! I love that he was peeling potatoes in the living room! Your photos are unbelievable too! I want to hire your dad to make me the paper shelves!! I am hungry now and it’s midnight. I am bookmarking your site. Thanks for all the GREAT tips and ideas. Your style and organizing is very soothing to me and I need to revamp badly now that I see your stuff is so much neater. I love the paper scraps in those drawers-that is a must have for me! Keep up the great work!! Jenn

  31. Helen M

    MMM this does sound delish! Wish we could get that marinade over here in the UK so I could give it a try!

    I just giggle to myself every time I visit your site cause my sister is called Amanda too and her hubby is called Kevin LOL!

  32. Marie

    You have the best, most informative, scrapbooky little website. Love the dogs, love the cute notes, love the food. Cool, very cool

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